SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – After Stephen Curry and Clay Thompson slowed down, took a breath and stopped throwing, the Splash Brothers went on a roll that was too strong for Dallas to stop.
Especially because Andrew Wiggins worked from end to end to make sure Luka Doncic could not go.
Curry scored 21 points and 12 rebounds, Golden State kept Doncic under chess, and the Warriors defeated the Mauritius 112-87 on Wednesday night and led 1-0 in the Western Conference final.
“Just make it work, that was the main thing,” Wiggins said.
Doncic scored 20 points but scored only 6 of 18 and 3 of 10 from depth. At the end of the first half he made 3 consecutive 3-pointers to achieve from his team 54-45 before the break, but Curry and Thompson warmed up and helped the Warriors play back in the second half.
“Great job. That’s all, ”Donchich said. “They did a great job.”
Jalen Branson scored 14 points but missed all five of his threes for the amazing Mouse, which stunned the Suns with the best seed in the 7th game on Sunday in Phoenix with a score of 123-90.
Game 2 of the “Best of Seven” series will take place on Friday night at Chase Center, where a noisy, yellow-clad crowd brought back memories of the 2007 We Believe Warriors playoff team led by Baron Davis, which shocked number one. sown by the Mavericks in six first-round games at the Oracle Arena.
This helped bring Golden State back to fame. The Warriors reached five NBA finals in a row in the 2015-19 season, but missed the playoffs in the last two years before that cycle.
Wiggins added 19 points, scoring the Golden State, making six of the first eight shots on the way to 8 on 17. Jordan Poole also scored 19 from the bench.
Doncic received a scratch on his face early in the first quarter of Wiggins’ blow. The sign, “It looks harsh to me,” he said jokingly, “ran from the star guard’s transfer through his right cheek under his eye.” Doncic also tugged at his troublesome right shoulder, which had been taped up earlier during those playoffs.
“They did a really good job. Wiggins is taking him on a full court, ”Mavs coach Jason Kidd said. “They went alone, went to the zone. In the series, we knew we would see it. We’ll come back, watch the video and see what we can do better. “
Stopping Doncic, who averaged 31.5 points in the playoffs, is a difficult task this time after the Warriors have already coped with two-time reigning MVP Nikola Jokic of Denver in the first round and then Ja Marant in beginning of the last series before a knee injury.
“I thought Wiggs was fantastic,” coach Steve Kerr said. “Doncic is as difficult a cover as in this league. … It is important to make it work. He is so good. Any great player in the league you are trying to limit the damage they do. ”
Curry, last season’s champion, missed his first five 3-point attempts before joining the 50 seconds left in the first half. But he got involved in other ways, giving up four assists and grabbing seven rebounds.
He then struck two quick threes, causing a 10-2 result to start third for the Golden State team, which knocked out Memphis in a semifinal series of six games.
“That’s how we play,” Curry said. “If you have that ability to create a division like we did in the third quarter, it’s fun to play.”
Thompson scored all his 15 points after the break.
“I didn’t have a ball out of the game in the first half, but it will never repel me,” Thompson said. “I will always hunt for my shot.”
Kevon Looney remained in Kerr’s starting lineup when the coach returned to the bench after being eliminated in the last three games against Memphis with COVID-19.
“It was great to be back. I missed being there with the guys, ”Kerr said. “The amazing atmosphere here at Chase and we’re excited to keep going.”
Looney finished with 10 points, five rebounds and four assists after starting in the 6th game against the Grizzlies.
Kidd’s Mavericks couldn’t keep up with the stark contrast of styles containing Dallas ’slow attack and the rising pace of the Warriors.
“We’d like to play at our own pace, but the Warriors have a unique pace, they’re going to come out and put a lot of pressure on your defense in the transition,” Kidd said. “We have to be careful with that. We don’t want a track meeting. “
The Ministry of Internal Affairs was fined
Dallas received a $ 50,000 fine from the NBA – the team’s second post-season fine – for “decency of the team bench” during the Suns series after players and a member of the coaching staff stood long enough away from the bench to allow them to “attempt on the playground during the game “during game 7 against the Suns.
“I’m just trying to figure out what we did wrong to get fined,” Kidd said. “… Who complained? It was a blast, so I don’t think the fans complained. I thought the guys did what they had to do. They cared for their boys. “
The previous fine against the Mavs was $ 25,000 on May 6th.
Mavericks: Reggie Bulak shot just 4 on 12 – 3 out of 10 from a long distance – on 12 points. Dallas was 11 out of 48 behind the arc. … In the first half, the Mauritius won 28-18, when Curry led all the players with seven.
Warriors: F. Otto Porter Jr. returned after an omission in Game 6 due to right leg pain and scored 10 points and 6 rebounds in 23 minutes, one of seven Warriors who scored a double-digit number. … Golden State, which averaged 19.2 rpm in the last series, had six in the first half, leading to 11 points in Dallas and 15 overall. … Golden State has improved to a 7-0 home this offseason. … The Warriors are 21-2 in their first game since their title series in 2015, culminating in the first franchise championship in 40 years. …