Stephen Curry scored 32 factors because the Golden State Warriors staged a surprising fightback to defeat the Dallas Mavericks 126-117 on Friday and seize management of their NBA Western Convention finals sequence.
A pulsating conflict in San Francisco noticed the Warriors get well after trailing by as a lot as 19 factors at one stage within the first half for a victory that leaves the six-time NBA champions 2-0 up within the best-of-seven sequence.
Curry might have led the Warriors scoring however the outstanding turnaround owed every thing to a dogged staff efficiency and shrewd second-half changes by Golden State coach Steve Kerr.
Six Golden State gamers completed in double figures, with Jordan Poole, Kevon Looney and Andrew Wiggins all arising with essential performs.
🔥 21 factors (Playoff profession excessive)
🔥 10-14 taking pictures
🔥 12 rebounds
🔥 2-0 lead within the WCF pic.twitter.com/psC8GeBhWx
— NBA (@NBA) May 21, 2022
Looney specifically delivered with a career-high 21 factors and 12 rebounds.
Kerr had urged his staff to find “poise” after a first-half Dallas onslaught.
“I informed them that if we developed some poise within the second half that the sport would come to us,” Kerr mentioned afterwards.
“I assumed we have been so scattered within the first half, perhaps emotionally greater than something. Dallas got here out and punched us.
“We knew they have been going to return out robust and so they have been unbelievable. They performed tougher, executed higher.
“We simply wanted to get poised and get the sport underneath management. We felt assured that if we did that, they wouldn’t make 15 three-pointers within the second half. And that in the event that they did, you simply needed to pat them on the again.”
Luka Doncic produced one other high-scoring masterclass for Dallas with 42 factors, 5 rebounds and eight assists, whereas Jalen Brunson had 31 factors.
However the evening and victory belonged to the Warriors, who had been left shellshocked by Dallas in a wild first half.
The Mavericks erupted for 72 factors within the first two quarters that left them 14 factors clear on the break, 72-58.
Doncic led the offensive bombardment with 24 first-half factors, with Brunson nailing 4 three-pointers for a 20-point haul.
Reggie Bullock was additionally lethal from downtown, making 4 of out 5 makes an attempt from three-point vary within the first half.
The Mavericks led from the outset, with Doncic placing them 5-0 forward earlier than a 13-0 run left Dallas 23-8 up with just some minutes gone.
Stung into motion, the Warriors produced a 13-0 run of their very own to get again inside three factors at 26-23, however as soon as once more Dallas pulled clear with lethal long-range taking pictures.
Dallas made 15-of-27 three-pointers through the first half, virtually double the eight-of-15 transformed by the Warriors.
— NBA (@NBA) May 21, 2022
Doncic put the seal on an unimaginable show with a 29-foot three-pointer on the stroke of half-time.
However the momentum swung again in the direction of Golden State within the third quarter, with the Warriors chipping away on the Mavericks result in shut inside two at 85-83 heading into the fourth quarter.
A 3-pointer from Otto Porter Jr. gave the Warriors their first lead of the evening at 86-85 early within the fourth quarter, and with their noses in entrance Golden State have been to not be denied.
The Warriors outscored Dallas 43-32 within the last quarter to finish an exhilarating win because the sequence heads to Texas for sport three on Sunday.
Dallas coach Jason Kidd bemoaned his staff’s ways in persevering with to shoot from three-point vary within the third quarter. The Mavericks made solely 2-of-13 from past the arc within the third.
“We’ve got to grasp, once we shoot three or 4 threes in a row and miss, you’ve received to get to the rim and received to get the ball into the paint,” Kidd mentioned.
Kidd famous that Dallas had trailed 2-0 to Phoenix within the earlier spherical of the playoffs earlier than recovering to win 4-3.
“We’re on the highway in opposition to among the finest groups within the league,” Kidd mentioned.
“It occurs. They held serve. We’ve seen this in Phoenix so now now we have to return and simply concentrate on sport three and prepare for sport three, understanding what’s at stake.”
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