After a failed Game 1, Dallas had every intention of catching up with Game 2. The Mavericks believed in it before becoming disillusioned. Golden State made a big comeback of 19 points to win 126-117 and thus take a good lead in the series.
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Haunted for their first game in the conference finals, this group from Dallas wanted to take their revenge from Game 2. And frankly, the business started rather well. The back-court led by Luka Doncic and Jalen Brunson works like thunder, the Warriors hardly get any shots and the supporting cast represented by Reggie Bullock, Dorian Finney-Smith and… Davis Bertans is serious. The first quarter is a succession of runs of about ten points each. Finally, it is the Mavs who have the last word and lead very quickly by +15. However, and Dallas will see it several times during the game, the Warriors should never be buried, especially at home. After a few sound bricks from Maxi Kleber and Frank Ntilikina, Golden State returns to -7 and the cards are already redistributed. Jason Kidd retaliates with Bertans (no we’re not kidding). The Latvian ensures a big 3-point on the face of Damion Lee. Moreover, the two exchanged a few sweet words, before being separated. At the same time, things are also heating up between Bullock and Draymond Green. Enough to increase the intensity of the match. After the verbal games, basketball takes back its rights, and it is then that the Mavs without Luka will take an unexpected lead of 19 units. All lieutenants have a cheeky parking pass that punishes the Warriors. At the break, the Texans are 15/27 from afar, which is life changing compared to Game 1. Combined with a Luka in great shape (24 points at 7/12, 3 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals) and a perfect Brunson in his role (20 points at 7/10 shooting and 4 assists), the Mavs are at the angels and lead 72-58.
Except that everything was going a little too well.
The Warriors and the third quarters, it’s like the Kings and the holidays in April, they go well together. As usual, Golden State released a collective masterclass after returning from the locker room and gradually returned to the game. At the head of this comeback, we obviously find the franchise player of the Blues and Yellows… Kevon Looney. The pivot did monster work in the racket without Dallas being able to do much. Indeed, the Mavs have no one to offer in their workforce to contain a guy like Looney, if not Boban Marjanovic but let’s stay serious for a moment. The interior ends its quarter with 17 points (8/11 to shoot under the hoop) and 9 rebounds. On top of that, everyone contributes to the party. Klay wedges smooth 3-pointers and big tomars. Curry makes Curry and gently preheats. Wiggins also puts his points. In short, hope is reborn strong in San Francisco especially that opposite, it no longer knows how to play basketball. See this disastrous 2/13 from 3-point as proof, totally contradictory with the success of the first half. In twelve minutes, Dallas collapses and sees its lead melt like snow in the sun, and the Mavs have only two tiny points ahead thanks to Luka who ensures a minimum and approaches the fourth quarter with already 28 points on the clock. .
The Warriors then end the match in apotheosis. It splashes in all directions with the awakening of Jordan Poole, an agile Klay Thompson in his drives and Chef Curry in the kitchen. The point guard creates new gestures with each basket to trashtalk his opponents and please the fans at the Chase Center. He finished his match with 32 points at 11/21 shooting and 6/10 from afar, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. But more than an individual performance, it’s a whole collective that is rewarded tonight with five players with more than 15 points including three with more than 20. And it will always be better than having a player who accumulates all the scoring like with the Mavs with Doncic releasing a new masterpiece with 42 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals and a 50% block in shooting (12/23), parking (5/10) and 13/15 on throws. Little thought to Jalen Brunson who also released a huge game with 31 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists at 11/19 to shoot. However, around the contribution is still too low to hope to win against these Warriors.
Golden State breaks at home and takes a serious advantage in this conference final. Beware, however, of the Suns case law. The Mavs have already returned this kind of situation and it is very hard to win in the furnace of the American Airlines Center. See you Sunday at 3 a.m. for a very important Game 3. A real must win for Dallas.