With a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals against the Dallas Mavericks, the Golden State Warriors started to relax and let the gap reach 29 points at the start of the final quarter of Game 4. But the reserves had other ideas. They went in and closed the gap to 8, with 3:23 on the clock to play. The holders then returned to the court. End of reaction. The Mavs held on to a 119-109 victory on Tuesday night and avoided the sweep.
Luka Doncic was the Mavericks’ top scorer with 30, as well as 14 rebounds and 9 assists. But unlike Game 3, the supporting characters appeared. Dorian Finney-Smith scored 23 points. Reggie Bullock, who had zeroed in the last duel, made 18. The team hit 20 of 43 shots from the perimeter and could have had a quiet victory if it wasn’t for the carelessness of the final stretch.
Highlights: Golden State Warriors 109-119 Dallas Mavericks, NBA Western Conference Finals
On the Warriors side, Stephen Curry scored 20 points, but in the 32 minutes he was on the court, the team lost by 23 points. Rookie Jonathan Kuminga scored 17, but in his 21 minutes, Golden State won by 9. Low on energy, the team was dominated in the second and third periods, and seemed already to have their eyes on Game 5, on Thursday, in San Francisco. It will be the second chance to return to the NBA Finals after three years.
Before the game, Warriors coach Steve Kerr gave an emotional statement about the shooting attack that left 19 children and a teacher dead at a school in Texas a few miles from the game site (see video below). He cited other recent shootings to urge US senators to urgently vote on a bill to require background checks on gun sales.
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Luka Doncic (30 pts, 14 rebs, 9 asts)
Dorian Finney-Smith (23 pts, 6 rebs, 4 baskets of three)
Reggie Bullock (18 pts, 6 baskets of three)
Jalen Brunson (15 pts, 5 rebs, 5 asts)
Maxi Kleber (13 pts, 8 rebs, 3 tocos)
Spencer Dinwiddie (10 pts, 8 asts)
Stephen Curry (20 pts, 5 rebs, 8 asts)
Jonathan Kuminga (17 pts, 8 rebs)
Jordan Poole (14 pts, 4 asts)
Andrew Wiggins (13 pts, 5 rebs)
Klay Thompson (12 pts)
Draymond Green (10 pts, 6 rebs, 6 asts)
Moses Moody (10 pts)
Luka Doncic takes advantage of the markers — Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images
Points generated by turnovers
Jalen Brunson sobe para a cesta — Foto: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
points in the bottle
second chance points
Mavericks 41/82 (50%)
Warriors 41/84 (49,4%)
Mavericks 20/43 (46,5%)
Warriors 10/28 (35,7%)
Mavericks 17/22 (77,3%)
Warriors 17/26 (65,4%)
Scoring chart — Photo: NBA
First period – Mavericks 28 to 24: The home team shot 19 times in the first end, and 12 of them were from the perimeter. They hit 7. On the other side, the Warriors tried 7 three-pointers and only hit once. Curry started with 10 points. Doncic, with 7, in addition to 5 rebounds.
Second period – Mavericks 34 to 23: Coach Kerr simultaneously removed Curry, Draymond and Wiggins from the court. With rookies Kuminga and Moody, plus Looney, Dallas made a 16-2 streak. The gap reached 17, with the Warriors playing carelessly. Doncic and Brunson reached 13 points. Curry scored 15 in the first half. Score from 62 to 47 at halftime.
Luka Doncic arremessa para os Mavericks – Foto: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Third period – Mavericks 37 to 23: In practice rhythm, the Warriors were dominated again in the third quarter, with a rain of balls of three. Four Mavericks players have scored 15 points or more so far, with Doncic leading the way with 21, as well as 14 rebounds and 7 assists. The Golden State starters rested before the end of the quarter. Score from 99 to 70.
Fourth period – Warriors 39 to 20: Golden State’s reserves narrowed to 8, a gap that reached 29. But when Coach Kerr decided to put the starters back in, the Mavericks controlled the actions and managed to end the night with a victory. The next duel is on Thursday in San Francisco.
Game 1 (5/18): Warriors 112 x 87 Mavs
Game 2 (5/20): Warriors 126 x 117 Mavs
Game 3 (22/05): Mavs 100 x 109 Warriors
Game 4 (24/05): Mavs 119 x 109 Warriors
Game 5 (5/26): Warriors v Mavs at 10pm
Game 6 (5/28): Mavs v Warriors at 10pm (if needed)
Game 7 (5/30): Warriors v Mavs at 9pm (if needed)