Despite being 19 points behind, the Golden State Warriors also won the second playoff game against the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA.
The basketball team around the stars Steph Curry and Klay Thompson took the lead for the first time at 126:117 on Friday evening (local time) in the last quarter with a score of 86:85 and didn’t let the Texans pass.
The Mavericks around national player Maxi Kleber, who are in the final of the Western Conference for the first time since the championship with Dirk Nowitzki eleven years ago, gambled away a significantly better starting position before the two home games in Dallas on Sunday and Tuesday.
For the Warriors it was the 200th playoff win in their history. Only the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers and San Antonio Spurs have reached that mark in the NBA. Curry was the best thrower for the hosts with 32 points.
Kidd: “We have to do better”
The Mavericks around their star Luka Doncic had everything under control in the first half and kept silencing the fans in San Francisco. Even at the end of the third quarter, which the Warriors won 25:13, the guests were still ahead – but the game had already slipped away from them. Doncic ended the game as the best thrower with 42 points. He matched Nowitzki’s Mavericks record with a seventh playoff game with at least 40 points. Kleber hit one of his five attempts and booked three points.
“We have to do better. If we try three or four threes and miss, then we have to get closer to the basket. Maybe it’s a matter of experience,” said Mavericks coach Jason Kidd. “We died in the third quarter from trying so many three-pointers and only hitting two.”