Warriors 109 vs 119 Mavericks summar: stats and highlights NBA Western Conference Finals
The Dallas Mavericks got a win with their backs against the wall and extended the Western Conference Finals for at least another game. Luka Doncic led the way for the Mavs with 31 points in the 119-109 win on Tuesday night.
Mavs role players finally appear
Dallas finally came in and showed the sense of urgency you’d expect from a team in the Western Conference Finals, while the Golden State Warriors played like a team that could afford to lose a game or two, which the can.
Luka was carrying a heavy portion of the scoring load coming into Game 4, and finally got the help he was looking for on the offensive end. It started early when Reggie Bullock, Maxi Kleber and Dorian Finney-Smith all hit two threes in the first quarter to set the tone for the Mavs offense.
Dallas catches fire in Game 4
The hot shooting continued in the second quarter, and helped spark a 20-2 run for the Mavericks. The three point shooting was a big part of the Mavs success late in the year, in the post season and again on Tuesday night. They started the game 11-20 from long range, and had 19 threes at the end of the third quarter.
They wouldn’t reach the NBA Playoff record 25 threes, as they cooled down considerably in the fourth quarter, once most of the starters had come out. The lead stretched to 29 at the end of the third quarter, and it seemed like the Mavs were going to coast to Game 5, but the Warriors had other ideas.
The 29 point fourth quarter lead was enough for both coaches to start looking towards next game, and rest some of their starters but a quick 9-0 run from the Warriors made things interesting. Golden State continued to chip away and eventually got the lead down to as few as eight points, which forced Mavs coach Jason Kidd to bring his starters back in the game.
Despite the scare, Dallas was able to hold on thanks to Luka Doncic’s 30 points, 14 rebounds and 9 assists. The Mavs went 20-43 from beyond the arc including Dorian Finney-Smith’s 23 points on 4-7 shooting from deep. Reggie Bullock had six threes and finished the night with 18 points.
The sights shift out west and the series heads to San Fransico for Game 5. The Mavericks will have their backs against the wall again, down 3-1 knowing no team has ever won comeback from an 0-3 deficit. Tip off from the Chase Center is set for 9 p.m. ET.
The Mavs know they are up against history. No team has ever come back after trailing 0-3, but Luka says the Mavs have to believe.
The Warriors pulled withing 8 in the fourth after trailing by 29, but Doncic and company were able to close out the game and force the series back to California for Game 5.
You could tell from the start that Finney-Smith was in the mood tonight. Most of his damage came from downtown, but this one was a monster slam down the lane.
At one point in the third quarter the Mavs had 19 threes, and were flirting with the NBA Playoff record of 26.
Finney-Smith had 23 points on the night, and went 4-7 from the three point line. These two were back to back threes help stretch the lead to 29 in the third quarter.
Brunson had 15 on the night, but I'm sure he enjoyed getting to share the supporting cast spotlight with the rest of his teammates in Game 4.
Luka on the give and go. He still put up 26 shots, but he played more of a provider role, and had 9 assists on the night.
Finney-Smith, Bullock and Kleber were huge out of the gate in the first quarter of Game 4. Each had two threes a piece in the first 12 minutes.
It's all over from American Airlines Center! The Dallas Mavericks extend the series after dropping the first three games. Game 5 will be Thursday at 9 p.m. ET.
Curry driving and get the bucket to go. But the comeback charge came much too late for Steve Kerr and the Warriors.
Doncic to the line where he hits two of two. He's got 30, 14 and 9 assists tonight.
Thompson beating everyone down the floor and getting the lay up.
Finney-Smith down low after the Doncic dump off.
Wiggins in the corner for three! He's got 13 on the night.
Bullock in the corner on the feed from Doncic
Under 3 to go.
Doncic with a much needed bucket! The lead is back to 10
Kuminga with the corner three and its an 8 point game!!! Timeout Dallas with 3:23 to go!
Kuminga at the line where he hits both. He's got 23 and 12 rebounds and it's and 11 point game.
Moody with back-to-back threes!
Doncic in the paint, spinning and finishing.
Moody from three point distance and it's only a 14 point game.
Doncic back at the line out of the timeout where he hits the second of two.
Timeout in Dallas with under 4 minutes to go.
Doncic at the line, and he hits the first, but the Mavs will take a timeout as he is still in a fair amount of pain.
Lee down low and Doncic is still shaken up after getting hit in the unmentionables. The Mavs starters should be on the bench, but that run at the end of the fourth quarter forced the starters off the bench.
Doncic gets the drive and the bucket to go.
Kleber stretching to the rim and jams it off the steal and score.
Bjelica back to the rack and the lead is 16.
Dinwiddie to the line and he drops both.
Poole at the line and he hits 2 of 2.
Bjelica wide open down the lane and gets the finger roll to go.
Kuminga down low. He's got 13 on the night.
Finney-Smith soaring to the rack and tomahawks it! He's got 21 on the night.
Moody slashing and scoring. 9-0 run by Golden State to start the fourth quarter.
Lee with a put back off his own miss. Each of the teams' starters are on the bench and should be there for good.
Kuminga on the cut and slam. He's got 10 tonight. He had 5 minutes combined this series before tonight.
Poole hits the step back jumper to get us started.
We are at the end of the third quarter! The Mavs are in control tonight, and are 12 minutes away from forcing a Game 5 in San Francisco.
Finney-Smith to the iron! He's done most of his damage from downtown tonight, but that one he takes in the paint and finishes in traffic.
Kleber of the dribble with the mid range jumper.
Curry with a deeeep three ball. He's been quiet in this third quarter.
Dinwiddie with another three ball!!! Make it 19 threes tonight!
Dinwiddie with the triple!!! That's 18 for the Mavs, who are eyeing the NBA record of 25.
Curry dumps it off to Green and he gets the easy bucket underneath.
Kleber on the cut to the bucket and he hits the shot in traffic and gets fouled. FT is good to complete the 3 point play.
Poole answers with a three ball of his own.
Bullock on the spot up three ball!
Poole beats everyone down the court and gets the easy bucket.
Thompson posting up and dropping the shot from outside the paint. He's got 10, 7 in the third quarter.
Ntilikina from the baseline and everyone is getting a piece of the pie in Game 4.
Wiggins from the baseline and he's got 10.
Green just shot his FT off back iron and after bouncing a few times it settled perfectly to a stop on the back of the rim. He'd go on to miss the second as well.
Doncic on the step back three over Curry and he's got 21!
Finney-Smith from downtown! He's 5-5 from long range.
Thompson goes to the line and hits two of two.
Doncic wide open from three point range! He's got 18 on the night.
Wiggins to the line and he hits two of two.
Doncic spinning and finishing under the basket. 8-0 for the Mavs and the Warriors need a timeout.
Finney-Smith from the other corner for three! He's 4-4 from deep tonight.
Finney-Smith in the corner for three, picking up where he left off earlier in the game.
Thompson with the quick trigger three, and he had a slow first half with just 3 points, but has been producing in the second half in this series.
Brunson on the turn around, and hits the fader.
We are finally back in play from Dallas, after nearly a 20 minute weather delay.
I have seen a lot of things in basketball, but I don't think I have ever seen a rain delay before. Mark Cuban, owner of the Mavs, does not look like a happy camper in the stands of this dripping American Airlines Center.
The game is being delayed because of a leak on the roof. The drips coming from the ceiling are hitting just off the baseline
Luka has stepped up and played a distributing role tonight. The Mavs are better when he gets everyone involved.
Steph Curry has 15, but no one else has found too much consistency with the shuffled line up Steve Kerr is using tonight.
Doncic and Brunson are Dallas' top scorers, but it's been the role players that have stepped up tonight for the Mavs. Bullock, Kleber and Finney-Smith have combined for 7 threes, and the Mavs are 11-23 from downtown.
That will do it for the first half from American Airlines Center! The Mavs need to win this game and they are playing like it through 2 quarters.
Doncic on the drive and the score! 1:20 to go in the second quarter.
Curry with the mid range jumper
Brunson to the line and he hits two of two.
Thomposon from downtown!! He's had another slow start, but could be gearing up for a hot second half.
Doncic in transition and the points are starting to flow.
Green going to the rack strong and the Warriors are trying to cut into the lead with under 3 to go in the half.
Doncic to the line and he hits 2 of 2.
Curry with the and 1! FT is good
Brunson from the downtown and the Mavs are 11-20 from deep!
Ntilikina from three!! Everyone is joining the party tonight for the Mavs.
Green down low and he gets the foul! FT is no good, but that ends a 19-2 run for the Mavs. Golden State won't panic, they know they can get back in this game in the drop of a hat..
Finney-Smith with four straight points after the drive and lay up and the previeous FTs.
Finney-Smith to the line and he hits one of two.
Dinwiddie to the line and he hits two of two.
Burnson dashing to the rack again and the Mavs are on a 14-2 run in the last four minutes.
Brunson on the hesitation and he gets the lay up to go.
Back to Kuminga down low and he hits another bucket in the aint. He's got 7.
Bertans down lown off the beautiful feed from Brunson.
Bullock with another three ball!! Luka Doncic has to be saying "Finally!" as the help comes through in Game 4.
Finney-Smith with the drive and the finger roll. He's got an early 8 points.
Bertans from outside and the role players are having some productive minutes on the offensive end.
Moody in the paint with the floater and the Warriors take the lead.
Kuminga in the paint on the turn around.
Brunson to the line and he hits one of two.
Poole on the step back three and he's got his first points of the night.
We are at the end of the first quarter! The Mavs look good, and have held a slight lead through the first 12 minutes.
Curry on the floater and he is the first one in double digits tonight.
DOncic will a DEEP pull up getting the two for one at the end of the quarter.
Curry back to the line this time he hits two of two.
Bullock with a second straight three ball!! The Mavs are getting some great early production from downtown tonight. Finney-Smith has two, Bullock has two and Kleber has two.
Curry to the line and he misses one of two.
Bullock hits the catch and shoot three ball! Dallas looks much better in this game than they have in any of the previous three. Better offense, better flow, better ball movement.
Kuminga going back to the line after a tough foul at the basket by Kleber. He hits one of two on this trip.
Kuminga at the line and he gets both to go. He hasn't played a whole lot in this series, but tonight could be a chance for him to get a little more play.
Doncic misses the second of two FTs out of the timeout.
Doncic at the line and he hits the first of two. Timeout again from Dallas with 4:12 to go in the first quarter.
Doncic with the give and go and gets a wide open look in the lane.
Kleber from deep! He's got 6 quick points off the bench.
Wiggins from the elbow over Doncic. He has found something he likes when Doncic is guarding him.
Curry gives the Warriors the lead back wtih a floater in the paint.
Kleber off the bench and on the board with a three ball!
Finney-Smith in the corner for three!! He's got a couple of those already tonight and we've got a timeout early on in Dallas.
Green with a floater in the lane, and he's got a quick four. 11-7
DOncic to the line and he hits one of one.
Curry with a three of his own as a response.
Finney-Smith evens things up with a three ball. He needs to warm up for the Mavs to have a chance to extend this series.
Green going to the rack, and asking for an and 1. Luka might have got hurt falling to the ground and into the media people under the basket.
Wiggins hits the fade away, and he had a massive game in Game 3. How can he follow it up tongiht?
Looney on the cut to the basket and he gets the bucket and the foul. FT is no good.
Brunson going at Stephen Curry and taking him down low. He gets the bucket and the foul! FT is good. Nice start to the Mavs night.
We are underway from American Airlines Center!! The Warrirors have chance to close out the Mavs tonight.
The Mavericks need some magic at home tonight and this is the starting five Jason Kidd is going with.
Warriors undefeated trio
The Golden State Warriors have never lost a series when Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson have started and completed a series completely healthy. They are a game away from extending that streak tonight.
Luka Doncic this postseason
Doncic is coming off of back to back 40 points games, but his big performances haven’t meant success for the Mavs. He is averaging 34 points a game in this playoff series, and is getting 32.1 a night this post season, but he will need help from guys like Spencer Dinwiddie and Jaylen Brunson.
Steve Kerr did not hold back his words while reacting to the horrific shooting at a Texas school. He has always been very vocal for social justice, but says he is tired of having to send condolences. He wants action.
The Golden State Warriors are a game away from making it to the NBA Finals, but have a 6-4 record in their last Game 4's with chacne to sweep.
The best is yet to come says Kidd
Jason Kidd and the Mavericks know they have a steep uphill battle to get back in the series, but insists this is only the beginning. "This is just the beginning of our journey," he claimed after the Game 3 loss. "This is huge for our franchise. It's great to go through this. You can call (the Warriors a) dynasty. They have three great players who will all be Hall of Famers. So we're learning a big lesson. This is not the end. This is just the beginning."
Kerr knows how hard close out games can be
Steve Kerr hasn’t forgotten about the Warriors recent struggles in close out games and is hoping his side can finish the deal tonight. "It's always the toughest game, the close-out game, so we know it will be difficult," he insisted Monday. "I would expect that we've learned from those two games that we lost and we'll have a focused effort (Tuesday)."
Game 3 recap
The Warriors went in to Dallas and controlled the Mavericks for four quarters. Steph Curry scored 31 points to lead Golden State, but it was Andrew Wiggins who made headlines, scoring a playoff high 27 points and snagging 11 rebounds. Luca Doncic scored 40 points and had 11 boards, but the Mavericks trailed by double digits most of the game. They got within five late in the fourth, but a Jordan Poole hit a big three ball to put the game out of reach and take a 3-0 lead.
We are live from American Airlines Center
Hello everyone and welcome to Dallas where the Mavericks are fighting for survival after dropping the first three games of the Western Conference Finals. The Warriors have a chance to get back to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2019 when they lost to the Toronto Raptors.
Warriors vs. Mavs: Game 4
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