Luka Donsick missed a triple-double with one assist and the host Dallas Mavericks combined impressive 3-point-shooting and defensive effort to save the 48-minute season Tuesday night, preventing a Golden State Warriors celebration with a 119-109 win in Game 4. Western Conference Final.
Reggie Bullock Mavericks has 20 3-pointers in a play-off-career-high-tying six. The Dallas defense limited Stephen Curry and Clay Thompson’s Golden State star tandem to a combined 32 points, forcing the Warriors to return to the best-seven series in San Francisco for the fifth game on Thursday, leading the Warriors 3-1.
Trying to rebound from three defeats with a total of 43 points, Mavericks dominated the second and third quarters, with an extra 20 minutes separated. The Dallas rain storm entered court through a leaking roof at American Airlines Center.
Luca scatter his magic throughout the game, dropping 30 points double-double and 9 dime dishes out on the way to the 4 W game. pic.twitter.com/RM8JMfAQm1
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The Mavericks responded best to the delay, getting two 3-pointers from Dorian Finney-Smith and Donsick and a fifth from Bullock, after a 23-for-11 shot in a 3-point effort in the first half while making a 62-47 advantage. A 19-9 blast that opened up a 25-point advantage.
Dallas went ahead with 29 yards, then survived a late knockout of an All-Reserve Warriors lineup for the first time since a 123-90 knock against top-seeded Phoenix Suns in Game 7 of the Western semifinals.
Donsick finished the game with the most points (30), rebounds (14) and assists (nine) and also contributed a total of three 3-pointers from Dallas. Finney-Smith added four trays to account for most of his 23 points.
Bullock turned his six 3-pointers into 18 points, with Jalen Brunson’s 15 points, Maxi Klaver’s 13 and Spencer Dinweid’s 10 for the Mavericks, who shot the best 50 percent of the series from the field.
Curry led the Seven Warriors to double figures at 20 points with a team-high eight assists, but he shot 2-2 for 7 for 16 and 5 for 5 from the 3-point range.
Jonathan Cuminga led Golden State’s late charge with 17 points, while associate reserve Jordan Poole had 14 and Moses Moody 10.
Starter Andrew Wiggins (13), Thompson (12) and Dremond Green (10) also scored in double figures for Golden State. The Warriors had their first chance to win each of their previous two playoff rounds and later won a game.
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