SAN FRANCISCO – Luka Doncic dominated most of the night, celebrating and stretching his arms at Stephen Curry’s house.
Then Curry and the Golden State Warriors made one of those iconic squalls in the third quarter that identified so many of their post-season races – with this one caused by Kevon Looney.
Yes, the Warriors are two wins since returning to the next NBA Finals.
“Night night,” Curry said as the three-pointer went through the net in the following moments.
Curry scored 32 points with six three-pointers and eight rebounds, Looney had a career record of 21 points and 12 rebounds, and on Friday the Warriors outscored the Dallas Mavericks 126-117 and increased 2-0 in the West Finals. conference. .
“I feel honored to just be a part of the trip,” Looney said.
Doncic scored 42 points, with the Mauritius leading most of the way before Golden State took the first lead of the evening with three-pointer Otto Porter Jr. 18 seconds after the fourth. At this point, Curry could notice a shift in momentum.
“We have such an attitude and spirit that we will never get out of it,” Curry said.
In the first quarter, Doncic scored 18 points, which is two less than his 20 points in the first game. His 3-point 13 seconds before the break – 15th place for the Mouse in the first half – made the score 72-58 at the break and gave him 24 points.
Doncic even got a shout out from Twitter Auckland’s own MC Hammer: “Okay, young Luke … See you.”
But Golden State responded from 25-13 of the third quarter to pull 85-83, moving into the fourth – coming out of the break with a performance reminiscent of those exciting third quarters of the past. At one point, “Warriors” lagged behind by 19.
“We know how good they are as a team in the third quarter,” said Dallas forward Reggie Bulak. “It’s just something that slipped away from us as the game went on.”
Doncic scored 12 to 23 and shone in a brilliant game – the Warriors scored 56.1% off the floor. In the first half alone, Dallas beat Golden State from 52.3% to 51.2%, including an outstanding 55.6% to 53.3% from the 3-point range.
“Against such a good man you’re just trying to limit easy things,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.
Looney then scored 11 points while shooting 5 to 6 in the third, and Golden State beat Dallas 68-45 after the break.
“These are Warriors. They have a great team. They are a champion team. The defense needs to be adjusted, ”Donchych said. “… We were 19 years old, so this is a difficult situation. But we can’t look back. What happened happened. So we have to move on. “
The series is moved to Dallas for Game 3 on Sunday. The Golden State is two wins since returning to the NBA Finals, for the first time since five consecutive trips since 2015-19.
“We are on the road against one of the best teams in the league. It happens. They made the serve, ”Mavs coach Jason Kidd said. “We saw it in Phoenix, so now we need to go back and just focus on Game 3.”
Jordan Poole scored 23 points from the bench, Andrew Wiggins scored 16, and Clay Thompson, who did not score in the first half of the series, added 15 points in the second game in a row. Golden State scored 62 points in the paint.
Jalen Branson scored eight of Dallas ’first 14 points on the way to 31. The Mavericks didn’t have to see as many Draymond Green, who recorded his fifth foul with a 6:01 in the third and then came back with a 6:33 left to foul with a 2: 2. 25 to the end.
In the second quarter before the bench in Dallas, the teams came together with a score of 8:03. The Warriors reserve Damion Lee closed when Davis Bertans scored a three-pointer from the corner and Bertans tripped over Lee and threw him hard to the floor. Lee had to restrain official Eric Lewis.
The players were given double technical.
In Game 1 two days earlier Doncic faced Wiggins ’defense and scored just 6 of 18 and 3 of 10 from depth. Kidd was expecting a much better outcome in Game 2.
Golden State continued to pick up the pace and made 16 turns after 15 in the first match. During the break Kerr asked his team to calm down.
“I told them that if we work out some balance in the second half, the game will come to us,” he said. “But I thought we were so distracted in the first half. Perhaps emotionally most of all. Dallas came out and just punched us. “
Returning to the starting lineup in the final 6 semifinal match against Memphis, Looney scored 10 to 14 after scoring all five goals in Game 1. He was one of five players to appear in all 82 games of the regular season.
“He was a rock inside for us,” Porter said. “… When he’s down there, he does all the dirty work, cleans up the heels.”
Looney made his second career double-double.
“Today was my night to make a big difference and I just stepped up,” Looney said.
Mavericks: Dallas led as many as 16 in the first quarter. … The Mavs overcame again with a score of 43-30 after a 51-35 deficit in the first game. They made one turn less than 12 after Doncic had seven in the first set.
Warriors: G. Gary Payton II – who broke his left elbow after a hard foul when Memphis star Dylan Brooks knocked him down on May 3 during a quick break for Flagrant 2, throwing and disqualification for one game – performs light individual work on the court that includes shooting with his non-dominant right hand and will be re-evaluated in a week. … F. Andre Iguadala missed his ninth game in a row due to a neck injury in his neck, continuing his rehabilitation with physiotherapy and training in a gym with easy work on the field. Warriors said they will give an update if he is admitted to the exercise. … Golden State has improved to 8-0 at home this post-season and has 18-5 in Game 2, which relates to the 2015 Championship. … Green was selected to the NBA Second Team on all defenses.
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