The Mavs were playing their own survival, the warriors had no pressure, and it showed. The Mavs dominated the match for three quarters behind embarrassed Luka Doncic but still in the oven and the mill. Finish the showdown with 20 award-winning shots. As in Memphis during Game Five, Steve Kerr’s men seemed uninterested and their defensive activity was proof of that. They will have to show a completely different face Thursday through Friday night to validate their ticket to the NBA Finals.
After 2/17 of three-pointers in Game 3, the trio of Dorian Finney-Smith, Reggie Bullock, Maxi Clipper starts Match 4 at 6/8 from afar. The only problem for the Mavs is that Stephen Curry’s 10 points keep the Warriors in ambush as Jonathan Kominga replaces injured Otto Porter Jr. in Steve Kerr’s rotation (28-24).
With Kuminga, Moody and Poole dropping Golden State 7-1, their toughness evaporates on both sides of the court and the Mavs make their youths pay the price. Two new award-winning shots, this time from Bertans and Bullock, fired 19-2 Dallas to lead by 17 points (54-37). Intensity, commitment, and focus limit breakouts are dominated by the Warriors thanks to Stephen Curry (62-47).
After a delay of nearly 25 minutes due to leaks on the roof of the American Airlines Center, two more award-winning Vinnie-Smith shots put the Mavs in an 8-0 lead against the still-leading Golden State defense. Water (72-50). Goofy until then, Luka Doncic joins the festival with two award-winning pieces in a row. The Mavs also start the third quarter with 8/10 from afar and the gap is close to thirty units (99-70).
Kuminga, Moody, Poole, Bjeclica, and Lee threw a chill on Mavs fans. They pass 32-11 to the locals to go from -29 to -8 with four minutes to play (110-102)!
As a symbol, it was a triple pointer from Reggie Bullock and a loose ball from Jordan Poole that decided the Mavs’ victory. So there will be Game 5 in this series and pressure warriors, who will have to finish the job at home to avoid going back to Dallas with the Mavs who will be on the rise.
What to remember
– Emotional rant to Steve Kerr before the match. On Tuesday afternoon, 21 people, including 19 primary school students, were killed in a new shooting. This barbaric act took place in Texas, several hundred kilometers from Dallas. Before the meeting, Steve Kerr used his press conference to share a message of anger and grief and to call on the US Senate to finally take action on the subject. There is a debate that unfortunately repeats in the United States, where victims pile up without changing anything.
The Mavs are taking advantage of the Golden State’s 5 second trial. At -4 after the first quarter, Steve Kerr then decided to include Jonathan Kominga and Moses Moody, his starters, to start the last quarter alongside Jordan Paul, Clay Thompson and Kevin Looney. Five did not play together during the playoffs and quickly took the water. Rookie players and Jordan Ball compound their defensive errors and are forced to take shots on the other side to allow the Mavs to find their rhythm and make the hole. Dallas finished the second quarter with a score of 33-16 thanks to the aggressiveness of Jalen Bronson and the bowlers’ long distance title.
– Mavs make it rain! After 13 of 45 three-pointers in Game 3, the Mavs took advantage of the Warriors’ lack of commitment to take out their basketball and reclaim their title. It was 19/36 at the end of the third quarter before “garbage time” had begun. Dorian Finney-Smith – Reggie Bullock duo went from 2/12 on Sunday to 10/17 tonight. The question now is whether the Mavs will be able to repeat the same performance in San Francisco, during Game 5, against the more anxious Warriors.
✅ Dorian Finney Smith – Reggie Bullock – Maxi Clipper. The two Mavs responded to avoid the “sweep” by scoring 23 and 18 points at 10 from 17 from afar. The German hub had his best game of the series (13 points, 7 rebounds) on either side of the field after 2/17 in shots in the first three games.
✅ Luka Doncic. If the Slovenian lacks skill (30 points, 10/26 on shots and 3/11 from long distance), he takes 14 rebounds and distributes 9 assists to highlight his teammates.
✅ ⛔ Stephen Curry. With 15 points in the first inning, he was the only successful Warrior, but he also captured the water in the third quarter. He finished the match with 20 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds.
⛔ Klay Thompson Jordan Paul. If Klay Thompson could catch up in the third quarter by scoring 7 of his 10 points, and if Jordan Paul used his “garbage time” to take care of his stats (14 points), the two linebackers were on the street throughout the first half.
5 . game Thursday night through Friday in Dallas.