Dallas, thanks to an excellent Luka Doncic (30pts, 14rbds, 9pds), won 119-109 at home against Golden State and therefore returned to 1-3 in the Western Conference final. But the Californians will have the opportunity to conclude at home on Thursday.
No team has ever managed to come back from a 3-0 deficit in the NBA play-offs, but Dallas will still give it a shot… The Mavericks won Game 4 at home (119-109), and therefore avoided a “ sweep” which would have been severe. Similar to Game 3, the Warriors scored 109 points in Texas, but this time they conceded 19 more against a rampaging Mavs. After a tight first quarter (28-24), Dallas gradually began to widen the gap to lead by fifteen points at halftime (62-47), and after a sixteen-minute break early in the second half to seal a water leak in the roof of American Airlines Center, they pushed the Californians a little deeper in the third quarter, with a lead that climbed to ‘at +29 (99-70, 36th). The victory being secured, the Mavs relaxed in the last quarter (20-39) and rested Luka Doncic a little (Curry also came out), to finally win by ten points.
“A Victory of Ego”
The Slovenian was the great architect of this victory, with 30 points (10 of 26 on shots including 3/11 at 3pts), 14 rebounds and 9 assists in 38 minutes, but he was well helped by his lieutenants Reggie Bullock (18pts ) and Dorian Finney-Smith (23pts, 6rbds). Opposite, Stephen Curry scored 20 points on 7 of 16 on shots (his 100th play-off game with 20 points or more, only 15 other players did too), Jonathan Kuminga 17 and Jordan Poole 14. “It was almost like an ego win (for Dallas). You step onto the floor and you really have nothing to lose. So that trust started early. And we really didn’t do anything to slow them down, and that’s when the avalanche started. I take my hat off to them,” said Stephen Curry. Golden State will have a first opportunity to conclude this Thursday in San Francisco, but no doubt Dallas will not let go. If no one has ever come back from a 0-3 gap in the play-offs in 146 attempts, three teams have still managed to snatch a Game 7, and the Mavs would like to be the fourth.
BASKETBALL – NBA / PLAY-OFFS 2022
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (3) – DALLAS MAVERICKS (4): 3-1
Match 1 – Golden State Warriors – Dallas Mavericks: 112-87
Match 2 – Golden State Warriors – Dallas Mavericks: 126-117
Match 3 – Dallas Mavericks- Golden State Warriors : 100-109
Match 4 – Dallas Mavericks – Golden State Warriors: 119-109
>>> Stats of Frank Ntilikina (DAL): 17 minutes of play, 5 points (2/2 on shots including 1/ at 3pts, 0 free throws attempted), 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 interception, 3 fouls
Game 5 on Thursday, May 26 in San Francisco
Game 6 (if necessary) on Saturday May 28 in Dallas
Game 7 (if needed) on Monday, May 30 in San Francisco