Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors Outgun Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks in Series Opener
Stephen Curry scored 21 points as the Golden State Warriors beat Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday to win their Western Conference Finals series opener 112-87.
Three days after Doncic destroyed the Phoenix Suns with a virtuoso performance, the Slovenian star fought hard against a brutal Golden State at the Chase Center in San Francisco.
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Dallas had buckets of rain against Phoenix in Arizona on Sunday, but the scoring dried up against the six-time NBA champion.
The Warriors made a slow start but became decisive in the second half after leading 54-45 at half-time.
With Doncic in pain in the shoulder, the Warriors entered the final period to lead the visitors 34-24 in the third quarter with a 19-point lead.
An 8-0 start to the fourth quarter saw the Warriors lead a 27-point lead at 96-69, effectively putting the game out of reach.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr was able to pull back his start with five minutes remaining in the game, which could have earned him valuable rest for a long series.
Curry led the scoring with 21 points, 12 rebounds and four assists, while Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins had 19 points.
“We did what we should have done – we won the first game, but there’s a lot of work to do,” Curry said.
“We had a specific game plan coming up and for the most part we executed it. To beat this team, they would have to make the same effort three more times.
“They’re a really good team. You have to stay locked in. Hopefully we’ll come out on Friday (in game two) and do it again.
Klay Thompson failed to score a point in the first two quarters but came into the groove with 15 points in the second half. Seven Warriors players finished in double digits.
Doncic led the Mavericks’ scoring 20 points, but cut a disappointing figure after a loss where Dallas trailed almost the entire game.
After a free-ranging shooting performance in the first two quarters, Dallas was somehow only nine points behind.
Mavs made just 14 of 44 attempts off the field in the first half, and only seven of 29 three-point attempts.
He nevertheless managed to remain in the eye of the Warriors, who shot 22 of 39, but made only five of 18 attempts from outside the arc.
Thompson made only four attempts off the field in the first half – and missed them all – while Curry was also off target from long distance, converting only one of six three-point attempts.
The Mavericks pulled 35–33 in the middle of the second quarter to within two points, but a quick 11–2 run, with Curry setting up three-pointers for Poole and Wiggins, helped the Warriors lay the foundation for victory. Once again clarified. ,
The second game of the series will take place in San Francisco on Friday.
The winner of the Western Conference Finals will play in the NBA Finals the winner of the Eastern Conference, Boston or Miami.
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