Stephen Curry scored 32 points with six three-pointers and eight rebounds, Kevon Looney scored 21 points and 12 rebounds, and the Golden State Warriors used one of their iconic squalls in the third quarter to beat the Dallas Mavericks 126-117 on Friday night. with a score of 2: 0 in the final of the Western Conference.
Luke Doncic and the Mavericks drove most of the way before the Warriors came out for the first time that evening after a three-pointer by Otto Porter Jr. 18 seconds after the fourth. Porter’s three-point game with a score of 7:21 went to the number 100-92.
Doncic scored 42 points, 18 in the first quarter – two less than the whole game 1. His three-pointer 13 seconds before the break led Dallas to a break of 72-58 and gave him 24 points.
He even got a scream from Twitter Auckland’s own MC Hammer: “Okay, young Luke … See you.”
But the Warriors responded with a score of 25-13 in the third quarter to pull the score to 85-83, moving into the fourth – third quarter, reminiscent of the one that defined so many of their recent playoff games.
Doncic scored 12 to 23 and shone in a brilliant game – the Warriors finished 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 three-point range.
Among the luminaries sitting near the court at the Chase Center for the Warriors ’come-of-back was Adele’s music.
The series is moved to Dallas for Game 3 on Sunday. “Golden State” is two victories after returning to the NBA finals, for the first time after five consecutive trips in 2015-19.
Jordan scored 23 points on the bench, 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.
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 with Lee and sent 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.
“Luke just didn’t hit,” said coach Jason Kidd, predicting 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.