Stephen Curry scored 32 factors because the Golden State Warriors staged a shocking fightback to defeat the Dallas Mavericks 126-117 on Friday and seize management of their NBA Western Conference finals collection.
A pulsating conflict in San Francisco noticed the Warriors get better 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 collection.
Curry could have led the Warriors scoring however the exceptional turnaround owed every little 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 developing with essential performs.
🔥 21 factors (Playoff profession excessive)
🔥 10-14 capturing
🔥 12 rebounds
🔥 2-0 lead within the WCF pic.twitter.com/psC8GeBhWx
— NBA (@NBA) May 21, 2022
Looney particularly 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 told them that if we developed some poise in the second half that the game would come to us,” Kerr stated afterwards.
“I believed we had been so scattered within the first half, perhaps emotionally greater than something. Dallas got here out and punched us.
“We knew they had been going to come back out robust and so they had been incredible. They performed tougher, executed higher.
“We just needed to get poised and get the game under control. We felt confident that if we did that, they wouldn’t make 15 three-pointers in the second half. And that if they did, you just had to pat them on the back.”
Luka Doncic produced one other high-scoring masterclass for Dallas with 42 factors, 5 rebounds and eight assists, whereas Jalen Brunson had 31 factors.
But 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 only a few 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 capturing.
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.
But 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 had been to not be denied.
The Warriors outscored Dallas 43-32 within the last quarter to finish an exciting win because the collection 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 have to understand, when we shoot three or four threes in a row and miss, you’ve got to get to the rim and got to get the ball into the paint,” Kidd stated.
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 road against one of the best teams in the league,” Kidd stated.
“It happens. They held serve. We’ve seen this in Phoenix so now we have to go back and just focus on game three and get ready for game three, understanding what’s at stake.”
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