After a failed Game 1, Dallas had every intention of catching Game 2. The Mavericks believed in it before they became disillusioned. Golden State made a big comeback by 19 points, winning 126-117 and taking a good lead in the series.
Haunted by their first game in the Conference Finals, this Game 2 Dallas group wanted revenge. And frankly, the business started off pretty well. The backcourt led by Luka Doncic and Jalen Brunson works like a thunderbolt, the Warriors hardly get any shots and the supporting cast represented by Reggie Bullock, Dorian Finney-Smith and… Davis Bertans mean business. The first quarter is a series of runs of about ten points each. Finally, the Mavs have the last word and lead very quickly by +15. However, and Dallas will see it several times throughout the game, the Warriors should never be buried, especially at home. After a few soundbricks from Maxi Kleber and Frank Ntilikina, Golden State returns to -7 and the cards are already being re-dealt. Jason Kidd gets his revenge with Bertans (no, we’re not kidding). The Latvian landed a big 3-point in Damion Lee’s face. Additionally, the two exchanged some sweet words before breaking up. At the same time things are heating up between Bullock and Draymond Green. Enough to increase the intensity of the game. After the puns, the basketball reclaims its rights, and then the Mavs will unexpectedly take a 19-unit lead without Luka. All lieutenants have a cheeky parking pass that punishes the warriors. At the break, the Texans are 15-27 from wide, which is life-changing compared to Game 1. Combined with a Luka in great form (24 points on 7/12, 3 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals) and a perfect Brunson in his role (20 points on 7/10 shooting and 4 assists), the Mavs are with the Angels and lead 72-58.
Except that everything was going a little too well.
The Warriors and the third quarter, it’s like the Kings and the April holidays, they go well together. As usual, after returning from the dressing room, Golden State released a collective master class and gradually returned to the game. At the forefront of this comeback, of course, is Blues and Yellows franchise player…Kevon Looney. The pivot did a monster job in the racquet without Dallas being able to do much. In fact, the Mavs don’t have anyone in their workforce to offer to contain a guy like Looney other than Boban Marjanovic, but let’s be serious for a moment. The central defender ends his quarter with 17 points (8/11 to hoop) and 9 rebounds. In addition, everyone contributes to the party. Klay Wedges smooth 3 hands and large tomars. Curry makes curry and gently preheats. Wiggins also brings his points. In short, hope is strongly reborn in San Francisco, especially that the opposite no longer knows how to play basketball. See this disastrous 2-13 from 3-point as proof, completely contradictory to the success of the first half. In 12 minutes, Dallas collapses and sees his lead melt away like snow in the sun, and the Mavs are just two tiny points clear thanks to Luka making the minimum and go into the fourth quarter with 28 points on the clock.
The Warriors then end the match in an apotheosis. It squirts in all directions with the awakening of Jordan Poole, an agile Klay Thompson in his drives and Chef Curry in the kitchen. The point guard invents new gestures with each basket to thrash his opponents and delight the fans at the Chase Center. He finished his match with 32 points on 11/21 shooting and 6/10 from long range, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. But more than an individual performance, it’s a whole collective to be rewarded tonight with five players with 15+ points, including three with 20+. And it will always be better than having a player who, like the Mavs all points, Doncic releases a new masterpiece with 42 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals and a 50% block on shooting (12/23), parking (5/10) and 13/15 on throws. Little thought for Jalen Brunson, who also had a huge game with 31 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists on 11/19. released to shoot. However, the contribution is still too small to hope for a win against these Warriors.
Golden State breaks out at home and seizes a serious advantage in this Conference Finals. However, beware of Suns jurisdiction. The Mavs have already returned to that type of situation and it’s very hard to win in the American Airlines Center oven. See you Sunday at 3am for a very important Game 3. A must win for Dallas.
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