NBA – The Dallas Mavericks win against the Golden State Warriors: 119-109 / 3-1 for the Warriors in the series


Neutral NBA fans won’t shy away from their enjoyment. We will be entitled to at least one more game between Luka Doncic’s Mavs and Stephen Curry’s Warriors. Tuesday evening (on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday, French time), Dallas took over in its room on Golden State (119-109), and this despite an almost stunning last quarter (20-39). Steve Kerr’s men no longer lead « only » 3-1 in these NBA Western Conference finals.

In order not to come out of the playoffs head down, victims of a « sweep », the Mavericks made the difference during the second QT, after a balanced start. Without Doncic. It was with their star blowing that they took off, thanks in particular to the X factor Davis Bertans. The Slovenian prodigy quickly returned to dictate the game of his family to drive the point home: +15 (62-47) halfway through.

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And Curry made his comeback…

The Mavs continued to control the match, with a Frank Ntilikina who imposed himself in the rotation (17 minutes, 5 points at 2/2, no lost ball) and a public, initially overheated, then more peaceful in the perspective of an end to the match without suspense (99-70 after three quarters). We believed then. Because Golden State has almost picked up, while Steve Kerr had « opened » his bench.

Nemanja Bjelica made his knowledge of basketball speak, rookies Jonathan Kuminga (17 points) and Moses Moody (10 points) caught fire under the amused gaze of « Chef » Curry. Result, no « blow out » (overwhelming victory). The Warriors even managed to approach 8 points (110-102) three minutes from time. Time-out Dallas and … return to the floor of the “Dubs” franchise player. But Doncic, with a dunk then good passes, assured.

The Slovenian ends the game with a « usual » line of statistics for him: 30 points, 14 rebounds, 9 assists (10/26 shooting). He was well assisted by Dorian Finney-Smith (23 points, 4/7 from afar). Curry compiled 20 units, at 7/16. Klay Thompson 12 at 5/10. The « Splash Bro » will have a new opportunity to finish the job in the night from Thursday to Friday, at home this time, in San Francisco.

Draymond Green and Stephen Curry in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals between Golden State and Dallas on May 18, 2022

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