Luka Doncic scored 42 points. The Mavs finished the match with 47% 3 points successfully… and that wasn’t enough! Dallas played like a dream in the first half but the Golden State defense’s revival in the second half spurred the hopes of the Texans. Jason Kidd’s men will surely regret it, but this defeat shows how little room they have for maneuver in the series.
As expected, the Mavs start the game with a knife between their teeth. Luka Doncic is more aggressive and faster with every possession. He scores 9 points and a 4/6 win away from Bronson, Bullock and Vinnie Smith allows Dallas to lead by 16 points (26-10). Until then amorphous and unfocused, as evidenced by their five missing balls, the Warriors wake up thanks to Stephen Curry. The leader scores 8 consecutive points to shoot 13-0, which limits the break (32-25).
While Golden State loses five balls in the first five minutes of the second quarter, Dallas Basketball takes off. The Mavs won their singles match without forcing and found open shot after open shot to pass 21-9 to their opponent, while Luka Doncic hits off the bench (53-34). The return of Stephen Curry and Andrew Wiggins stopped the bleeding, but every mistake the Warriors made, in spin or loose ball, turned into a winning shot on the other side. Triple Bullock-Vinney Smith-Bronson is also 7/8 from afar this quarter. Curry’s wrist allows the Warriors to come back 11 but Doncic’s 3 pointer at 11 meters breaks this “little momentum” (72-58).
After scoring 40 points in the second quarter, the Mavs fell to the ground after the break. Golden State defense finally enters its game and determines its opponent by 9 points in 9 minutes. Despite Draymond Green’s 4th and 5th foul, it’s Kevon Looney who comes to their rescue in a “switch” against Doncic and has 9 points on the other side to cut the Warriors down to -5 (81-76)! While Dallas was trying to advance, Steve Kerr cornered Luka Doncic who kept the Mavs on the hard and allowed Dubs to take the lead for the first time in the game, in an award-winning shot from Otto Porter Jr. At the beginning of the last quarter (88-85).
Led by continuous defensive activity, heroic Kevin Looney and awakening Jordan Paul, the Point Warriors drive home with a 13-4 pass in Dallas to blow up Chase Center (105-96)! Luka Doncic decided to take matters into his own hands and is limited to 6 points, 6 shots and 0 free throws so far in the second half. He scored 12 points in a row to keep pressure on the Warriors but the latter responds every time by attacking and finishing in the circle in abundance to keep his distance (119-110).
As a symbol, it was Kevin Looney’s 12th bounce and Stephen Curry’s award-winning sixth shot that killed an absolutely insane game. The Warriors remain undefeated on their soil and will go to Dallas without pressure.
What to remember
– Luka Doncic sets the tone. Sick after the first match and lack of sleep, however, Doncic fulfilled his dream in the first quarter. Aggressive toward the circuit, he broke Golden State’s entire defense to have multiple passes, and caused multiple fouls and free throws to finish with 18 of his team’s first 32 points. The way the Slovenian player scored reflects the offensive adjustments made by Jason Kidd and his crew. Unlike Game 1, the Mavs had Stephen Curry and fighters implement their pick and roll strategy (appearing and returning to the screen) to perfect multiple times per possession. They also forced kevon looney to defend the same choice after navigating multiple screens previously. Much less strict than in Game 1, the Warriors let Luka Doncic and Maf lead the dance.
– He lost bullets and long shots. Golden State was back in the grooves in the first half, losing 11 balls to a lack of intelligence in place of the Mavs defense. These blunders gave the Mavs more speed and ammunition. Making sure of their power after the first game, Jason Kidd’s men fired a flamethrower in the first inning, and finished 15 of 27 on 3 throws, including 9 of 12 in the second quarter. Combined with this demonic title, it was the size of their shots that allowed them to dominate the match. At the break, the Warriors were at 53% in the 3-point range but had 7 successes and 12 fewer attempts than their opponent. When Dallas has the size and title on their side, it’s complicated for a discount. Add stray bullets before their time and you’ll be on an impossible mission… but impossible is not warriors.
– 54-27 that reverses the trend. With a 67-48 run two minutes before halftime, the Warriors returned from the locker room with a burst of defensive activity that extinguished the Maves, who had been glowing until then. More accurate in their rotation and again alternating with several strategies, Golden State restricted Dallas to 13 points in the third quarter with award-winning picks still present but less tempo. The Mavs will end this period on 2/13 from afar. The Warriors, carried by their audience, drove the point home to tap the attack back into rhythm and movement, and the Mavs couldn’t close the circle. In 19 minutes of play, Golden State passed 54-27 for their opponent to move to +8. Despite Luka Doncic getting up late in the game, the Dallas defense could never slow down the Warriors.
✅ Stephen Curry. For a long time, the brokenness of warriors limited in difficulty. His teammates ended up, but the top double was the one who offended the Mavs throughout the match, finishing 32 points 6/10 from distance, including 10 points in the final quarter with a 100% success rate to close the lid.
kevon looney. We’re running out of superlatives to describe Kevon Looney’s performance. Stunning in a 6 against the Grizzlies, solid in Game 1 two days ago, “Loon” put his career at an all-time high to finish with a double (21 points, 12 rebounds) and dominate the Mavs’ indoor sector. He was also unruly in defense, particularly when he left Draymond Green for five fouls in the third quarter.
✅ Jordan Paul. Uninspiring in the first half, Jordan Paul scored 12 of his 23 points in the final quarter to bring the point home as he blew Stephen Curry off the bench. It allowed warriors to take advantage of the advantage and keep it forever.
✅ ⛔ Galen Bronson – Reggie Bullock. The two perfect first-half players, who finished with 31 points and 21 points from 11 of 17 three-pointers, nearly fell in the third quarter. Unfortunately, their team cost the game.
⛔ Maxi clipper. The German pivot is a primary pawn in the Mavs spin. He has been decisive in the last two rounds and has so far failed to qualify in this conference final. His issue with bugs in Game 1 prevented him from finding his rhythm. Tonight he finished 1/5 from shots and was targeted by Curry and Paul in the second half. He finished with his worst team +/- at -20.
⛔ Draymond Green. He scored an important triple pointer at the end but that’s all we’ll remember. Because between his mistakes (6) or his stray bullets (4), the Warriors were the best when he was on the bench. He ended up with the worst +/- of his team (-19) which is no surprise at all.
3 . game From Sunday night to Monday in Dallas.