The Golden State Warriors returned to the NBA Finals three years later. In Game 5, the Dubs beat the Dallas Mavericks 120-110, but despite their 25-point lead, they had to tremble a bit in the third quarter.
A 15-0 lead by the visitors in the third quarter pushed the difference to single digits, but Dubs caught on in the latter part of the game and took the win over time, winning the set 4-1. The opponent in the NBA Finals has not yet been decided, in the East the Boston Celtics are currently leading 3-2 against the Miami Heat. The Finals start next week on Friday night, and the Warriors are sure to have an advantage on their home ground.
Dubs also used this against the Mavs. Klay Thompson caught fire in front of his fans and was the tournament’s top scorer with 32 points (12/25 FG, 8/16 three). Stephen Curry (15, 5/17, 9 assists), on the other hand, held up long and only converted two of his seven throws. Instead, it was essentially a team round presentation, with six players hitting double digits.
Andrew Wiggins (18, 7/16, 10 rebounds) defended again strongly against Doncic, Kevon Looney (10, 18 rebounds, 7 rebounds) once again posed problems for Mavs under the boards. Jordan Paul (16) and Draymond Green (17, 6/7, 9 assists) rounded out a strong Warriors side.
Doncic (28, 10/28, 3/13 three, 9 rebounds, 6 assists) was still Dallas’ top scorer, but the top guest player among the guests was Spencer Dinwiddie (26, 7/12 FG, 5/7 three, 7/9). Foot). Dorian Finney-Smith (13, 6/10) played a strong second half, while Maxi Kleber (7, 3/6, 8 rebounds) was the only Mavs player to score significant minutes with a positive plus-minus (+2) rating. .
The Dallas Mavericks season ends in Game Five
Warriors started their dream. The hat-trick went down, Looney got on the offensive rebounds and forced the homers to turn. Dallas needed a few minutes but was back in action after some time, although Doncic missed some (and received no calls) in ringside. Curry limped slightly and appeared as a passer (already 5 assists). Golden State is still leading 28-23, with Dinwiddy scoring two goals in the last 18 seconds for Dallas.
But then following the avalanche, Thompson and Paul hit five straight jumpers (17 points together), and the hits were amazing at this point. That didn’t change when Doncic came back either. The Slovenian was knocked out multiple times in the basket (2/12 FG on break), on the other side, rookie Moses Moody Jumper hit the run as time went on. Dallas’ attack speed increased again thanks to Dinwiddie, but it didn’t stop. Already at the break he smelled like a blast, even though Curry (5) only took 4 throws (69:52).
This continued to take shape after the change. Thompson already had seven mattresses, and Curry also entered the area several times. The lead grew to 25 points, but the Mavis stifled the booming party atmosphere at Chase Center by a few threes (Bullock, 2 x Doncic). As 15-0 progressed, the deficit suddenly dropped to single digits before urine stopped the bleeding before the end of the quarter. However: It was only 94:84 and Dallas had hope again before the final section.
The warriors reacted quickly before Greene was reduced to five fouls. Dinwiddie drew three fouls in a row, but the Warriors got as many second chances with chromatic action on the board. It was particularly bitter three minutes before the end of the game when Dallas stopped, but then ate three Thompson went out like a dagger (115-100). Two minutes before the end, coach Jason Kidd raised the white flag, declaring that lost time.
The most important stats
Golden State Warriors (3) – Dallas Mavericks (4) 120:110 (BOXSCORE), Series: 4-1
- Dallas was searching for the area, but the great warriors were mighty. Doncic acted a lot at the post, moved to the basket and yet the Mavs scored only 4 points in the area in the first twelve minutes. The Warriors managed to defend well without errors, and Doncic in particular kept looking for friction, but he only had a shooting error in the first half.
- The second quarter of The Warriors was close to perfect. Of course, MAF’s defense looked really bad a few times, but Golden State had a goal in it all too. Five out of seven passed through the trap, and all three jumpers fell from the middle distance. The hosts scored 41 points (13/19 FG, 10/10 FT), played 11 assists and managed only 3 turns.
- The Mavs came back on defense and were made three and off in the fourth quarter, but the defensive property was not completed. In the last division alone, the Warriors scored 8 massive offensive rebounds, which they converted into 9 points. In the end, this was the most important aspect for Dubs to prevent a looming return of the Mavs.
- Prior to the series, turnover was identified as a key stat for dubs, and Warriors performed well in Game 5 as well. Although Dallas won this duel by 8:11, it was entirely in the context of the dubbing. The Mavs’ 8 turnovers yielded the Warriors 16 points, and Dallas scored only 11 points after the Warriors’ turn.
- The Warriors reached the finals for the sixth time in eight years. A Chicago Bulls team around Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen pulled off such a final run between 1991 and 1998. Under coach Steve Kerr, the Western Conference Warriors have not lost a single playoff series since 2014.
Warriors vs. MAFS: Sound of the Game
Draymond Green (Warriors): “It’s a special moment because nobody thought we’d reach the finals again with this group. Klay Thompson has two serious injuries, Steve broke his hand and two years ago we only won 15 games.”
Jason Kidd (MAFS coach) on Luka Doncic: “I think we can all agree it wasn’t his best match. It was a lesson to him and the whole team. I’m not saying we had a bad season. We had a bad night at a bad time.”
Luka Doncic (MAFS): “I hate losing, especially like today. I played terribly. However, I am very proud of our team. Nobody believed we could go this far.”
Star of the game: Klay Thompson
His streak wasn’t in his first four games, but this time “Game 6 Klay” was in Game 5. After just 29 minutes of play, Thompson scored as many 3-pointers (7) as in the previous four games, symbolizing the industry’s The Warriors’ sometimes ridiculous shots. It’s the story of the Warriors season, when Clay warms up and the Diplomats are hard to beat. It was only fitting that Thompson hit the dagger, those were his eighth three of the night.
Match failure: Luka Doncic
It was already bitter for Mavs. He played roles as Kleber, Frank Ntilikina and Dinwiddie, but Brunson (10, 3/10) and Doncic were unable to confirm their strong playoff matches. Not only did Doncic hit poorly from the field for so long, he repeatedly attacked mercilessly in defense and sometimes let his opponents do so without resistance. Another drawback to many players who were abandoned: the 23-year-old was usually the last player to be substituted due to heavy lamentations and often put the Mavs in precarious situations in the first 30 minutes. The second strong break came too late, the child had already fallen into the well.
To clarify againIt was not the first half of Luka Doncic and how good the defense of the Warriors. Even when the Slovenian opponent wet Andrew Wiggins in the post, those weren’t two safe points because help was there, in this example Draymond Green, who ruthlessly knocked out Doncic. Hit: Green even helped Doncic rise up next, the Warriors star’s respect for the 23-year-old was evident throughout the series.
Warriors vs. Mavericks: The Series at a Glance
|1||May 19||3 o’clock||Golden State Warriors||Dallas Mavericks||112: 87|
|2||May 21||3 o’clock||Golden State Warriors||Dallas Mavericks||126: 117|
|3||23. May||3 o’clock||Dallas Mavericks||Golden State Warriors||100: 109|
|4||25. May||3 o’clock||Dallas Mavericks||Golden State Warriors||119: 109|
|5||May 27||3 o’clock||Golden State Warriors||Dallas Mavericks||120: 110|