The Mavericks Finally Got A Win Against The Warriors!

The Mavericks Finally Got A Win Against The Warriors!

The excitement for Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals is not as noisy as it is in the Eastern Side. It is mainly due to the fact that the Golden State Warriors have pretty much confirmed their NBA Finals appearance with a 3-0 lead. This is a matter of pride for the Mavericks as they did not come till the Western Conference Finals just to lose. With that being said, the Mavericks prepare to not make it easy for the Warriors to get the win.

The Dallas Mavericks went with their starting lineup of Luka Doncic, Jalen Brunson, Reggie Bullock, Dorian Finney-Smith and Dwight Powell. The Golden State Warriors started with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green and Kevon Looney.

Game Summary

With the opening tip, the possession went to the Warriors but they missed their shots. Both sides were shooting with a sense of urgency. On one hand the Warriors want to close the series as soon as possible and on the other hand, the Mavericks were battling to stay alive. It was in fact the Mavericks who scored the first basket thanks to a floating bank shot by Brunson who also got fouled in the process, earning extra point on the free throw.

They got the momentum of the quarter and they proceeded to beat the Warriors at their own game by taking 3s. They have continuously done it in their previous games but this time, the Mavericks weren’t missing. The Warriors offense was led by Stephen Curry who was the only one to get a 3-pointer in. But the Mavericks had the lead.

In the 2nd quarter, the Mavericks focused on the perimeter and they were looking the better defensive team as the Warriors could not get open looks. On the offensive end, Jalen Brunson went to work as Luka struggled. Brunson hit some important shots which led to the Mavericks widening the score gap. The Warriors were having a hard time defending the Mavericks ball movement. Hence they took the lead in the 1st half with a score of 62-47.

Once the 3rd quarter started, everyone expected the Warriors to bounce back. In fact it was the Mavericks who kept rolling on the offensive. They kept taking the 3s and making them very efficiently. Apart from Doncic, the rest of the Mavericks were hot handed and they made the Warriors pay.

On the flip side it felt like the Mavericks were beating the Warriors in their own game. Defensively, they were making stops in timely fashion and offensively they moved the ball in the perimeter and made every shot count. It was like watching a no holds barred contest of 3s.

The Mavericks had amassed a 29 point lead going into the 4th quarter and the game was decided as the clock ticked. The Warriors benched their starters and so did the Mavericks after some time. The Warriors bench outplayed the Mavericks’ bench and substantially cut down the lead but there wasn’t enough time to turn it around and the Warriors ended up losing.

Box Score

Luka Doncic led both teams in scoring with a near triple-double of 30 points, 14 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Dorian Finney-Smith followed his ace up with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Reggie Bullock had a decent night putting up 18 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists.

Stephen Curry led the Warriors in scoring with 20 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and a steal. Jonathan Kuminga scored most of the points in garbage time but he put up 17 points, 8 rebounds and an assist. Jordan Poole was somewhat lackluster as he put up just 14 points, 4 assists and a block.

Takeaways from Game 4

The Dallas Mavericks finally claimed a game in the series against the Golden State Warriors with a scoreline of 119-109. They now trail in the series by 1-3. Of course it will take a miracle but this could be the start of one. However, coming back to reality, the Warriors just had a bad outing and they aren’t going to repeat the same mistake when they head to Oracle Arena for the next game.

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