Behind an energetic, stifling defense, the Warriors limited the Dallas to 36 points in the second half to establish their rhythm and break the Texas lock. All five Golden State starters finished 10 or more points and Jordan Paul added 19 points from the bench. The Mavis had 56% of their 3-point shots (48 attempts) but finished with 23%. Luka Doncic and Jalen Bronson were 12 of his 34 shots.
It was Dubs who got the best start with aggressive Andrew Wiggins who won a duel with Luka Doncic in the first quarter (10-8).
The Mavs look to attack Kevon Looney, Stephen Curry, and Jordan Poole, but the warriors alternate between individual and territory. Dallas can’t find their rhythm, misses 16 of their 19 award-winning shots, and even if their defense on Curry limits the league’s best player, Golden State still has a ten-point lead (28-18).
With Luka Doncic on the bench and despite two Maxi Kleber mistakes, the Mavs are nibbling behind them. Their defense sparked forced shots, particularly from frustrated and breached Klay Thompson, and allowed Spencer Dinwiddie and Galen Bronson to lead 7-0 (35-33). Despite Draymond Green’s third mistake, the Warriors reclaim their app. They use Dallas defensive pressure to attack intervals and force maneuvers that allow Jordan Paul and Andrew Wiggins to score from far to complete 14-4 and return to the locker room at +9 (54-45).
While Doncic and Mavs managed to control the rhythm of the second quarter, the Warriors started the second half on a high. Their defense and speed allow Stephen Curry to create two open shots on points to finish the match 10-2 putting Dallas on gear (64-47)! Jalen Bronson stops the bleeding temporarily but it goes too fast for Texas. The Warriors’ relentless action puts the “Splash Brothers” into orbit. They scored 20 points from their 34-point team this third quarter to blow Chase Center (88-69).
Then Jordan Ball takes charge to increase the gap to +30 and allow Golden State to easily take the first round of this series.
What to remember
Dallas’ offensive equation. The first quarter of the series was symbolic of Jason Kidd and Maeves’ game plan. They took 19 of 26 3-point shots, while limiting Golden State to 8 long shots they tried to press them high to force them to attack the circle. Dallas turns his string into a simple arithmetic problem. If they take three more shots than their opponents, they don’t need 40% of those shots. Their shooting size alone could allow them to gain a decisive advantage in every match. Although 31% successful shots and 24% made 3 throws in the first half, this strategy allowed them to stay in the ambush. And with the plan of this game, they defeated Utah and Phoenix.
Warriors set the pace. Before the meeting, Jason Kidd noted that the rhythm battle is key. “We don’t want this series to turn into a sprint. We want to play at the pace we play. And every team will fight to dictate the tempo.” Except for the second quarter, it was the Warriors’ speed that took over. Steve Kerr’s men pushed the ball on the move as quickly as possible and were aided on the field by the Mavs’ crap. Besides this aspect, Golden State has also managed to impose its style of play on the half of the field. A style made of continuous movements, very different from that of the Suns, which allowed the trio of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Jordan Paul to shine. So Dallas will have to adapt.
Mixed defense against Luka Doncic. During the first six minutes of the match, the Warriors alternated between singles defense, 3-2 zone, and limp to slow down Luka Doncic’s pace. While Andrew Wiggins was the main defender, Golden State also used multiple pick-and-roll tactics to prevent the Slovenian from getting too comfortable. As shown by 6 of his 18 shots and 7 missing balls, this strategy worked. The warriors also attacked Luka Doncic on the other side with aggressive Wiggins. However, the Mavs star will be up for the challenge in Game 2.
Andrew Wiggins. And the Warriors winger Luka Doncic raised the score to 20 points, scoring 19 points. Just like in 6 vs. Grizzlies, keep up his aggressiveness and work with him.
✅ Stephen Curry. The two-time MVP struggled to contend with the aggressive MAFs defense, before going up to score 17 points from 21 in the second and third quarters. He also finished as the best player on his team with 12 assists!
✅ Jordan Paul. The Sixth Man of the Warriors played his part admirably. He scored 19 points from the bench, outperforming the opponent’s defense. He has more problems in defense, and the Mavs will likely attack him more and more.
Spencer Dinwiddy. The other sixth man in the series was the only successful Mav, with 17 points on 5 of 11 shots.
✅ ⛔ Clay Thompson. Silent and frustrated in the first half, he turned heads in the third quarter to score 11 of his 15 points.
⛔ Luka Doncic. With 6 out of 18 shots and 7 losing balls, the Slovenian faced a complicated evening against the Warriors defense and in the aftermath his entire team suffered.
⛔ Galen Bronson – Reggie Bullock – Dorian Finney – Smith. The trio converted only 8 out of 34 attempts. Vinnie Smith was particularly conservative in attack after he shone against the Suns.
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