With the heat boiling over in the Eastern Conference, the Western Conference Finals also had an amazing start on their side. The Golden State warriors faced off the Dallas Mavericks. On one side you have the Title Favorites and the other is the surprise entrant who nobody saw it coming. It is sure that the Mavericks are going to keep surprising us while the Warriors will dazzle us.
The Golden State Warriors went with their starting lineup of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green and Kevon Looney. The Dallas Mavericks started with Luka Doncic, Jalen Brunson, Reggie Bullock, Dorian Finney-Smith and Dwight Powell.
The opening tip started the thrilling road to the Finals for these 2 teams. The Warriors scored the 1st basket of the game with a 3-pointer from Andrew Wiggins. The Mavericks were quick to follow up with a step-back midrange pull up from Jalen Brunson. Both teams traded shot for shot in the opening minutes.
But in the middle of the 1st quarter, the Mavericks started chucking up shots. Although Luka was scoring the points, the rest of the players fell behind. The Mavericks took too many shots from the 3-point line and that was coming back to haunt them as the Warriors steadily made one shot at a time.
In the 2nd quarter, the Maverick tightened their defense and they started making their shots. They were still shooting 3s but they were also being extremely cautious of the scoreline. The Warriors slowed down a bit but their lead was well beyond the Mavericks reach. They took the 1st half with a scoreline of 54-45.
The 2nd half started with loads of anticipation for the Warriors as they had secured the lead. They were not going to hold back as Klay Thompson went on to score a barrage of shots. The Mavericks tried to get their offense to rally with Spencer Dinwiddie coming from the bench. But that did not work as the Warriors defense had the Mavericks on lockdown.
Luka Doncic was also contained by the Warriors’ defense unlike the previous series where he would go absolutely berserk. Doncic was completely shut down. Entering into the 4th quarter, the Warriors onslaught did not stop.
Sensing that the game was out of their hands, Jason Kidd benched his starters and let the bench players play. The Warriors knew that they had Game 1 under their wraps so even they let their bench players hold the game out till the final buzzer blew.
The Warriors had 7 players break into double digits in scoring. They were led by Stephen Curry who put up a double-double of 21 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, a steal and a block. Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins were both second in command putting up 19 point each. Klay Thompson put up 15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks. Kevon Looney, Draymond Green and Otto Porter Jr put up 10 points each.
For the Mavericks, Luka Doncic led them in scoring but he had a bad night as he put up 20 points, 7rebounds, 4 assists and a steal. But he also had 7 turnovers which turned into Warriors’ points. Spencer Dinwiddie came off the bench and put up 17 points, Jalen Brunson put up 14 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal. Reggie Bullock was the only other Maverick to score in double digits putting up 12 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal.
Takeaways from Game 1
The Golden State Warriors outscored the Mavericks 112-87 to claim Game 1 of their series. They now are leading and with them having homecourt advantage in Game 2 as well, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them take Game 2 as well. The Maverick’s inexperience has costed them the match and it is still to be seen what they will do to come back. Of course, the Mavericks have a championship coach and an unguardable ace in Luka Doncic to lead them through.