Mavericks beat Raptors to clinch top-6 spot, avoid play-in

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Toronto Raptors' Stanley Johnson (5) looks on as Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) takes a shot in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Friday, May 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)


DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks will avoid the NBA play-in next week. Luka Doncic had his 11th triple-double of the season with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists and the Mavericks guaranteed themselves a top-six finish in the Western Conference with a 114-110 win over Toronto. Kristaps Porzingis added 21 points and 10 rebounds for Dallas. Jalen Harris, a Dallas native who made his second career start in as many nights for Toronto, had 31 points. Malachi Flynn added 25 points. Dallas is fifth in the West with a one-game lead over Portland for the No. 5 seed.