05/20 23:32 CDT Curry, Warriors rally past Mavs for 2-0 lead in West finals
Curry, Warriors rally past Mavs for 2-0 lead in West finals
By JANIE McCAULEY
AP Sports Writer
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) --- Luka Doncic was dominating, yelling in celebration and
flexing his arms in Stephen Curry's house.
Then Curry and the Golden State Warriors delivered one of those signature
third-quarter flurries that have defined so many of their postseason runs ---
with this one being sparked by Kevon Looney.
Just like that, they're two wins away from getting back to another NBA Finals.
Curry scored 32 points with six 3-pointers and eight more rebounds, Looney had
a career-high 21 points and 12 rebounds and the Warriors rallied past the
Dallas Mavericks 126-117 on Friday for a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference
"I feel honored just to be a part of the ride," Looney said.
Doncic scored 42 points and the Mavericks led most of the way before the
Warriors took their first lead of the night on Otto Porter Jr.'s 3-pointer 18
seconds into the fourth.
Doncic had 18 points in the first quarter --- two shy of his 20-point Game 1
total. His 3-pointer with 13 seconds before halftime --- the Mavs' 15th of the
first half --- made it 72-58 at the break and gave him 24 points.
"Against someone that good you're just trying to limit some of the easy stuff,"
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.
Doncic even got a Twitter shoutout from Oakland's own MC Hammer: "Ok young Luka
... We see you."
But Golden State answered with a 25-13 third quarter to pull to 85-83 going
into fourth --- coming out of halftime with a performance reminiscent of those
thrilling third quarters of past.
"We know how good they are as a third-quarter team," Dallas forward Reggie
Bullock said. "It's just something that slipped away from us as the game
continued to go on."
Doncic shot 12 for 23 and shined in a game of brilliant shotmaking --- the
Warriors finished 56.1% from the floor. In the first half alone, Dallas edged
Golden State 52.3% to 51.2%, including a remarkable 55.6% to 53.3% from 3-point
The series shifts to Dallas for Game 3 on Sunday. Golden State is two wins from
a return to the NBA Finals for the first time since making five straight trips
"We're on the road against one of the best teams in the league. It happens.
They held serve," Mavs coach Jason Kidd said. "We've seen this in Phoenix so
now we have to go back and just focus on Game 3."
Jordan Poole scored 23 points off the bench, Andrew Wiggins had 16 and Klay
Thompson --- held scoreless in the first half of the series opener --- added 15
points for a second straight game. Golden State scored 62 points in the paint.
Jalen Brunson scored eight of the first 14 Dallas points on the way to 31. The
Mavericks didn't have to see as much of Draymond Green, who picked up his fifth
foul with 6:01 left in the third, then returned with 6:33 left before fouling
out with 2:25 to go.
The teams tangled with 8:03 left in the second quarter in front of the Dallas
bench. Warriors reserve Damion Lee closed out as Davis Bertans hit a 3-pointer
from the corner and Bertans tripped Lee and sent him in a flip hard to the
floor. Lee had to be held back by official Eric Lewis.
The players were issued double technicals.
In Game 1 two days earlier, Doncic faced smothering defense from Wiggins and
shot just 6 for 18 and 3 of 10 from deep. Kidd expected a far better outing in
Golden State continued to push the pace and committed 16 turnovers after 15 in
Moved back into the starting lineup for the clinching Game 6 of the semifinals
against Memphis, Looney shot 10 for 14 after making all five of his field goals
in Game 1.
He notched his second career postseason double-double.
"Tonight was my night to make a big difference and I just stepped up," Looney
Mavericks: Dallas led by as many as 16 in the opening quarter. ... The Mavs
were outrebounded again at 43-30 after a 51-35 disadvantage in Game 1. They
committed one fewer turnovers with 12 after Doncic had seven in the series
opener. "We've got to take care of the ball because the Warriors once you turn
the ball over, they're gone, and a lot of times it's an open 3," Kidd said
Warriors: G Gary Payton II --- who broke his left elbow on a hard foul when
Memphis star Dillon Brooks clobbered him May 3 on a fast break for a Flagrant
2, ejection and one-game suspension --- is doing light individual work on court
that includes shooting with his non-dominant right hand and will be
re-evaluated in a week. ... F Andre Iguodala missed his ninth straight game
with a disc injury in his neck is continuing his rehab with physical therapy
and training in the weight room with some light on-court work. The Warriors
said they will provide an update when he's cleared to practice. ... Golden
State improved to 8-0 at home this postseason and is 18-5 in Game 2s dating to
the 2015 title run. ... Green was voted to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team.
"Steph is the best-conditioned athlete in this game, he never stops moving." --
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