Warriors vs. Mavericks score takeaway: Golden State overcomes 19-point deficit to comfortably beat Dallas

If you watched the first 24 minutes of Game 2 between the Golden State Warriors and the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night but stopped the game at halftime, you’d probably be quite surprised to learn that the Warriors ended up winning. , 126-117. The Mavericks led the game 72-58 at halftime and they seemed to be in control. However, the game went a full 180 in the second half.

Golden State edged Dallas by 12 in the third quarter, then they edged the Mavs by 11 in the final frame to secure the win. With the victory, the Warriors took a 2-0 series lead, which will now switch to Dallas for Games 3 and 4.

Luka Doncic did everything he could for Dallas, as he led the game in points (42) and assists (eight), but ultimately his production wasn’t enough. Steph Curry led the way for the Warriors with 32 points and five assists, and Kevon Looney added a career-high 21 points to go along with 12 rebounds.

The loss must be deflating for Dallas, especially after the quality of their play in the first half. Also, no team wants to fall behind by two games in a playoff series. Now they will have to find a way to bounce back home. Before we move forward in the series, here’s a look at three key takeaways from Golden State’s Game 2 win.

1. Golden State dominated the paint

Dallas’ lack of legitimate paint presence, or two, really ended up hurting them in this game. The Warriors have always managed to get into the paint, and once there they encountered little to no resistance at the edge. You saw that time and time again in the second half. During the contest, the Warriors attempted 16 shots at the rim and converted 14, by Cleaning the Glass. It’s 87.5 percent. On the other side, the Mavericks didn’t convert a single shot at the rim.

Overall, Dallas was outscored by 32 points in the paint (62-30) and they were outshot 43-30. The point differential in the paint was massive and a major factor in Game 2.

2. The Dallas backcourt came to play

If there was one bright spot for Dallas in Game 2, it was their starting backcourt play. In Game 1, Doncic and Jalen Brunson combined for just 34 points and eight assists. On Friday night, this duo blew those numbers out of the water. Doncic alone scored 40 and eight assists, and Brunson added 31 and five assists. For those who don’t like the math, that’s a total of 71 points and 12 assists – a stellar production.

Unfortunately for Dallas, this duo didn’t get much help from the rest of the roster, except for Reggie Bullock who had 21 points. The duo of Doncic and Brunson can’t do much big for the Mavs on the offensive end, so they’re going to need more guys like Spencer Dinwiddie (four points in 22 minutes) and Maxi Kleber (three points in 33 minutes) advance in the series.

3. The Returning Children

You can never count warriors out of a match. Even when the Mavericks took a big lead into the locker room at halftime, the competition still seemed far from over, and it turned out to be the case. After dropping as much as 19 points in the first half, the Warriors stormed all the way back in the second half to claim the victory.

It was the 12th time the Warriors had come back from a 15-or-more playoff deficit to win the game since Steve Kerr took over as head coach before the 2014-15 season. It’s the highest number for any team in the last 25 seasons, per ESPN. This stat is a testament to Coach Kerr and the guys he has in the locker room. Even if things don’t go so well at first, they don’t panic. Instead, they stay the course and hope the ball will start bouncing, and it often does.


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