San Francisco – – Luka Doncic Dominated most of the night, shouting celebrations and open arms at Stephen Curry’s house.
Then, Curry and the Golden State Warriors played a signature third-quarter game that has defined many of their playoff games — and this one was made by Kevin Rooney.
And just like that, the Warriors are just two wins away from reaching the NBA Finals again.
“Every night,” Curry announced at the last minute with a 3-pointer.
Curry had 32 points, six 3-pointers and eight rebounds, Rooney had a career-high 21 points and 12 rebounds, and the Warriors beat the Dallas Mavericks 126-117 on Friday to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals .
“I’m honored to be a part of that,” Rooney said.
Doncic scores 42, Mavericks lead most of the time before Golden State takes first lead of the night little otto porter.’s three-pointer entered the fourth quarter with 18 seconds left. Curry could see a shift in momentum in that moment.
“We have the attitude and the spirit of never giving up,” Curry said.
Doncic had 18 points in the first quarter, two points shy of his 20 in Game 1. His 3-pointer with 13 seconds left — the Mavs’ 15th of the first half — gave him a 72-58 lead at halftime and gave him 24 points.
Doncic even shouted on Twitter Oakland’s own MC Hammer: “Okay, young Luca… see you later.”
But Golden State pulled it to 85-83 in the third quarter with a 25-13 run – a halftime performance reminiscent of past third-quarter performances. The Warriors trailed by 19 points at one point.
“We know how good they are as a third-quarter team,” Dallas forward Reggie Bullock said. “It’s just something that slips past us as the game goes on.”
Doncic went 12-of-23 from the field and shined in a great shooting game — the Warriors shot 56.1 percent from the field. In the first half alone, Dallas improved Golden State’s 3-point percentage from 52.3 percent to 51.2 percent, including a staggering 55.6 to 53.3 percent.
“With such a good guy, you’re just trying to limit simple things,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.
Rooney then scored 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting in the third quarter as Golden State beat Dallas 68-45 after halftime.
“It’s the Warriors. They have a great team. They’re a championship team. We have to adjust our defense,” Doncic said. “…We went up 19, so it was tough. But we couldn’t look back. What happened, happened. So we have to keep going.”
The series moves to Dallas for Game 3 on Sunday. The Golden State Warriors returned to the NBA Finals for the first time since five straight games in the 2015-19 season with two wins.
“We were going up against one of the best teams in the league. It happened. They held the serve,” Mavericks coach Jason Kidd said. “We’ve seen that in Phoenix, so now we have to go back and focus on Game 3.”
Jordan Poole He scored 23 points off the bench. Andrew Wiggins There are 16 and Klay Thompson – No points in the first half of the series opener – 15 points for the second game in a row. Golden State scored 62 points in the paint.
Jaylen Brunson The Mavericks scored 8 of the first 14 points and finished with 31 points.The Mavericks don’t have to see much Draymond Greenhe got his fifth foul with 6:01 left in the third quarter, then returned with 6:33 left before fouling out with 2:25 left.
The team struggled in front of the Dallas bench with 8:03 left in the second quarter.Warriors Reserve Damien Lee close as Davis Bertans The corner hit a three-pointer and Bertans tripped Lee, knocking him to the ground. Lee had to be stopped by official Eric Lewis.
Players get double tech.
In Game 1 two days ago, Doncic went 6-for-18 and 3-for-10 against Wiggins’ suffocating defense. Kidd is looking forward to a better performance in Game 2.
The Golden State Warriors continued to pick up the pace, with 16 turnovers after 15 in the opener. At halftime, Kerr asked his team to settle down.
“I told them if we showed some balance in the second half then the game would come to us,” he said. “But I think we were so spread out in the first half. Maybe emotionally more than anything. Dallas came out and punched us.”
Returning to the starting lineup in Game 6 of the semifinals against Memphis, Rooney went 10 for 14 after hitting all five in Game 1. He was one of five players who played in all 82 regular-season games.
“He’s always been our inner rock,” Potter said. “…while he was there, he was doing all the dirty work, cleaning the rebounds.”
Looney had his second playoff double-double of his career.
“Tonight was the night I made a big change, I just stepped up,” Rooney said.
Mavericks: Dallas led as many as 16 in the first quarter. … After a 51-35 deficit in Game 1, the Mavericks led again at 43-30. They cut one turnover with 12 after Doncic scored seven points in the series opener.
Warriors: G Gary Payton II – When the Memphis star broke his left elbow in a bad foul Dillon Brooks On May 3, he beat him on a fast break with a blatant 2, a catapult, and a suspension — he did light personal work on the floor, including shooting with his non-right hand, and will be on the bench. Reassess within a week. … F Andre Iguodala Having missed his ninth straight game with a cervical disc injury, he is continuing his rehab with physical therapy and some light-weight on-court work in the weight room. The Warriors said they will provide an update when he is cleared to practice. …Golden State improved to 8-0 at home this postseason and is 18-5 in Game 2 of the 2015 title race. … Green was selected to the NBA’s All-Defensive Second Team.
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