Warriors Come Back From Down 19 points To Bag Game 2

Warriors Come Back From Down 19 Points To Bag Game 2 Despite Luka’s 42

The Golden State Warriors dominated the Dallas Mavericks in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. Now the Game 2 is also going to be in the Oracle Arena, the Warriors aim to extend their lead to 2-0 before heading to the Mavericks’ homecourt for Games 3 and 4. This is an opportunity for the Mavericks to tie the series and then extend their lead in their arena putting them closer to the NBA Finals.

The Golden State Warriors started 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.

Game Summary

With the opening tip, the Mavericks started the scoring of the game as they went on an instant 10-2 run. Luka Doncic led the charge on the offensive end as he exploded for 18 point in the 1st quarter itself. He displayed the urgency of winning in the game and the Mavericks resonated with his call.

The Warriors defense was helpless against Doncic’s onslaught but on the offensive end Stephen Curry started cooking some 3s for his team. Defensively, the Mavericks were doing better as they were able to contest the Warriors’ shooting.

In the 2nd quarter, the Mavericks proved their marksmanship was better than the Warriors as they went 75% from beyond the arc. Reggie Bullock and Jalen Brunson led the charge with their 3s along with Doncic finding open man to confuse the Warriors defense. The Warriors were moving the ball around as well but the Mavericks had better efficiency. The Mavericks led by the end of the 1st half with a score of 72-58.

In the 2nd half however, the momentum of the game shifted to the Warriors side as the Mavericks were chucking up all of their 3-point shots. This led to a lot of missed possessions as the Warriors started to catch up.

The Warriors missed their 3-point shots as well but having experience, they shifted gears and managed to stay ahead. Kevon Looney played a huge role as he took on the interior and punished the Mavericks defense. Plus grabbing offensive rebounds benefitted the Warriors. Plus Draymond Green having to hit the bench because of his 5 fouls further let Kevon Looney improve his scoring.

Sensing that the game is getting out of their hands, Luka Doncic took control of the situation as he carried their offense. Reggie Bullock and Jalen Brunson supported Luka and tried to get into scoring gear. But the rest of the Mavericks fell behind.

Stephen Curry and Jordan Poole went on a rampage on the final quarter. They confused the Mavericks defense leading to other shooters finding open looks. Getting everybody else involved greatly helped the Warriors. To the dismay of the Mavericks, the efficient shooting of the Warriors led them to take the lead and secure it till the final buzzer sounded.

Box Score

Stephen Curry led the Warriors in scoring with 32 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Jordan Poole followed him up with 23 points, a rebound, 5 assists and 3 steals, coming off the bench. Kevon Looney created a surprising impact with a double-double of 21 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists.

Luka Doncic led the Mavericks in scoring with a sensational performance of 42 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals and a block. Jalen Brunson followed him up with 31 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Reggie Bullock scored 21 points, 3 rebound and 2 assists.

Takeaways from Game 2

The Golden State Warriors came back from being down by 19 points to win Game 2 with a scoreline of 126-117. They now have a 2-0 lead in the series. The Dallas Mavericks are now in a pickle as despite 3 of their players combined to score 94 points, they were unable to come out with a win.

The Mavericks need to think about their defensive scheme as it is not working for the entirety of the game. The surplus of shot creators on the Warriors side is a problem and the Mavericks need to come up with a solution in Game 3 as they head to their arena.

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