The Dallas Mavericks are moving on to the Western Conference Finals as they have eliminated the one seed in the West, the Oklahoma City Thunder. Game 6 was on Saturday night, and it was a thriller. The Thunder had a big lead in the second half of the game, but the Mavericks found a way to come back and make it close for the final stretch. Oklahoma City had the lead with under 10 seconds to go, but Shai Gilgeous-Alexander fouled P.J. Washington on a three with three seconds left. He made two then purposefully missed the third, and Dallas won the game.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had a huge performance as he ended up with 36 points, which was the most out of any player in the game. Unfortunately, he did commit the costly foul. The foul was reviewed and it was a bit of a controversial call, but it stood. After the game, Gilgeous-Alexander said that it was a foul, and he knew he made a mistake.

“I shouldn't have fouled him,” Gilgeous-Alexander said, according to Anthony Slater of The Athletic. “We talk about it all year, the little things that go into winning games, being disciplined. It sucks, obviously if I had the moment back I wouldn't have fouled him and just let him make or miss the shot.”

Gilgeous-Alexander was also asked if he has seen the replay of the foul. He doesn't want to look at it, and he trusts that the officials made the right call.

“Nah, I can't look at it,” Gilgeous-Alexander said. “But, they looked at it and I assume I fouled him because they looked at it and didn't overturn it. …I don't want to look at it. I fouled him, clearly, because they reviewed it and I fouled him, so there's no need to look at it.”

The Thunder finished with the best record in the West this year and they earned the one seed, but they are now out before the conference finals. This isn't how they envisioned their postseason run going.

The Mavericks are moving on to the Western Conference Finals

Dallas Mavericks forward P.J. Washington (25) shoots as Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) defends during the fourth quarter in game six of the second round of the 2024 NBA playoffs at American Airlines Center.
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The Mavericks finished in fifth place in the West, but they will end up being one of the only two teams left standing. Luka Doncic and the Mavericks were too much for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and the Thunder, and it took six games for Dallas to clinch the series. They are still alive and they are one series win away from going to the NBA Finals.

Dallas will take on the winner of the Minnesota Timberwolves-Denver Nuggets series. That series has been a great one, and it will conclude on Sunday as the two teams will battle it out in game seven in Denver. The winner will stay alive and they will take on the Mavericks in the Western Conference Finals.

That isn't the only game seven that will be going on Sunday. In the East, the New York Knicks and the Indiana Pacers have to settle things. The series is tied at three, and so far, the home team has won every game in the series. Game seven will be in New York, so the Pacers are hoping to change that.

Saturday's loss was a tough way for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and the Thunder to go out. They put themselves in a good position to win, and Gilgeous-Alexander played a great game, but that foul cost them big time.