SAN FRANCISCO — The Golden State Warriors weren’t about to exit with no struggle.
After the Dallas Mavericks took a 19-point lead within the first half fueled by a resurgence from Luka Doncic, the Warriors methodically marched again. Golden State took its first lead of the sport with 11:42 to go and held on for a 126-117 win in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals on Friday evening at Chase Center.
The Warriors have a 2-0 collection lead because the collection shifts to Dallas for Games 3 and 4. Golden State is 14-1 when holding a 2-0 collection lead below head coach Steve Kerr. Its solely loss was the 2016 NBA Finals to Cleveland.
Draymond Green earned a technical within the first half and flirted with a second a number of instances, then drew his fifth private foul with 6:01 left within the third quarter. He had a prolonged stint on the bench, and Kevon Looney made probably the most of his minutes in reduction.
Looney scored a career-high 21 factors to go together with 12 rebounds. The Warriors went on a 34-15 run with Green on the bench and Looney within the recreation. Green returned, however ultimately fouled out of the sport with six factors, six boards and 5 assists.
Stephen Curry once more led the Warriors with 32 factors, however the Warriors’ position gamers did their half and stepped up when wanted.
Jordan Poole continued his breakout postseason, pouring in 23 factors off the bench. For the sport, the crew shot 50% from distance and 56.1% from the sphere. The Warriors had their greatest taking pictures quarter of the season within the closing interval (15 of 19).
Doncic, who reportedly was in poor health after Game 1, got here out with a vengeance. He scored 24 of his 42 factors within the first half, however his efforts weren’t sufficient to maintain the Mavericks in it. He was banged up in Game 1, carrying a scrape down his face from incidental contact with Andrew Wiggins, nursing a nagging shoulder harm and battling by an sickness between video games.
The Dallas backcourt was the one brilliant spot with Jalen Brunson chipping in with 31 factors.