Luka Doncic battles knee, Kyrie Irving closes strong in win

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HOUSTON -- On the court at the American Airlines Center, Mavericks star Luka Doncic writhed in pain, adding to his list of ailments that includes a strained right knee and a sore left ankle  

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Burst with Arrow

At 1:28 of the third overtime in a close Game 3, he had fallen flat on his back after a fisticuffs match with Oklahoma City's Luguentz Dort over a lost ball.  

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"Everything," Doncic said in response to the question of what hurt from Saturday's game.  

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The 105-101 Mavs victory, which put Dallas ahead in the series, did a little to alleviate the MVP finalist's misery.  

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Doncic was more instrumental in the game's mechanics than its flashier parts.  

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Burst with Arrow

He shot 7 for 17 from the field and finished with 22 points, but he helped the Mavs gain the rebounding advantage with 15 rebounds.  

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In a game-clinching situation, Doncic could have trusted his co-star Kyrie Irving.  

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With 39 seconds left, Irving nailed the game-winning shot by dribbling past Thunder forward Jalen Williams and launching a southpaw floater over center Chet Holmgren.   

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