During the break, “Mavs” led 72-58.
SAN FRANCISCO – As Adele was sitting on the court, Luka Doncic set fire to the rain.
The Dallas Mavericks phenomenon scored 24 points as the Mouse lead the Golden State Warriors 72-58 during the break of the 2nd game of the Western Conference Finals.
The world basketball icon put on a show for the world music icon, her boyfriend (and NBA superagent) Rich Paul and more than 18,000 Warriors fans.
For the Mavericks and their fans watching at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, there is something to feel good after the Mavs laid an egg on Wednesday.
In the first game, the Mavericks scored 35% off the field.
In the first half of Game 2 they threw 64% off the field.
Doncic returned well after the first game, which easily became for him the worst game in the playoffs: 20 points with 33% of shots and seven turns.
However, the key to the Mavericks ’victory – as it has been all season and all the playoffs – is production from the rest of the squad.
After missing a bunch of open shots in the first game, Jalen Branson (20 points), Reggie Bulak (13 points) and Dorian Feeney-Smith (9 points) were scored especially from a long distance with 11 combined three-pointers.
The yo-yo Mavs are between the team we saw in Game 1 against the Warriors and the team we saw in Game 7 against the Suns.
Close games and “minutes of grip” haven’t existed for Dallas since the start of the first-round playoff series with Jazz.
The trend may continue as the Mavs are within 24 minutes of a 1-1 series decline and a return home advantage to Dallas.
Stephen Curry (20 points), Clay Thompson (6 points) and the Warriors can erase the deficit in the blink of an eye, Curry significantly reduced the deficit before the break.
While Curry is on the floor, the game is not over.