Luka Doncic had 30 points and 14 rebounds as well Dallas Mavericks to beat Golden State Warriors 119-109 on Tuesday night so as not to suffer in the Western Conference finals.
It was the 10th double-double in his 14 games this postseason for Doncic, who also made nine assists and received some help from the cast to extend the series. In the third game he scored 40 points Reggie Bulak shot 0 on 10 shots with seven misses from a distance of 3 points.
Dorian Feeney-Smith had 23 points, and Bulak had 18 when shooting 6 out of 10 – all 3 points. Jalen Branson had 15 points. The Mavs were 20 out of 43 on a three-pointer.
The defeat interrupted the Warriors series of nine games in the Western Conference Finals, although they remain firmly in control of the series and returned to California for Game 5 on Thursday night.
Stephen Curry scored 20 points and returned to the game with a score of 3:22 – his first appearance in the fourth quarter – after the Warriors reduced the deficit by 29 points to 110-102. But they never got close, even when Curry and the other starters returned to the floor.
Then Doncic scored the ball, and Bulak made his sixth three-pointer.
No NBA team has ever returned after a 3-0 deficit to win the series. Only three of the 146 teams that fell into this deep pit were even able to hold the seventh game.
Jonathan Cumming had 17 points and Andrew Wiggins 13 points for the Warriors, in which seven players scored double-digit numbers.
There was even a 16-minute delay with rain when the start of the second half was delayed due to rain that leaked through the roof at the American Airlines Center. It was raining heavily outside and there were at least two leaks. One was dumping water near the Golden State bench, and at the other end of the court, water seemed to be falling into the stands.
Three-pointer Doncic led the Mavs 81-56 with 6:57, remaining in the third quarter, which was their biggest gap to date.
Drayman Green was thwarted on the next possession of Golden State, and his first free-throw attempt stopped at the wide back of the rim. After Doncic and Green laughed at it together before the ball was knocked down, Green also missed a second attempt, though that just didn’t go through the rim and was repulsed by Doncic.
Dallas came forward to stay 25-6 for nearly seven minutes in the second quarter, during which the Warriors missed nine of 10 shots and made two innings.
Golden State moved up 31-29 after the jump Moses Moody, then for the next seven minutes there was only one basket made. 3-pointer Davis Bertans brought the Mavericks forward forever.
The Maurice took a 62-47 break after Doncic drove off in response to Curry’s basket at the other end.
Associated Press report.
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