The Mavs were playing their survival, the Warriors had no pressure, and it showed. The Mavs dominated the game for three quarters behind an awkward Luka Doncic but still in the oven and the mill. They ended the encounter with 20 award-winning shots. As in Memphis during Game 5, Steve Kerr’s men seemed unconcerned and their defensive activity was proof of that. They will have to show a completely different face on the night of Thursday to Friday to validate their ticket for the NBA Finals.
After their 2/17 from 3-pointers in Game 3, the trio Dorian Finney-Smith, Reggie Bullock, Maxi Kleber start Game 4 at 6/8 from afar. The only problem for the Mavs, Stephen Curry’s 10 points keep the Warriors in ambush as Jonathan Kuminga replaces the injured Otto Porter Jr in Steve Kerr’s rotation (28-24).
As Kuminga, Moody and Poole toss Golden State 7-1, their rigor evaporates on both sides of the court and the Mavs make their youth pay. Two new award-winning shots, this time from Bertans and Bullock, then launched a 19-2 Dallas rollout to take a 17-point lead (54-37). Dominated in intensity, in commitment and in concentration, the Warriors manage however to limit the breakage thanks to Stephen Curry (62-47).
After a nearly 25-minute delay due to leaks in the roof of the American Airlines Center, two more award-winning shots from Finney-Smith set the Mavs up 8-0 against a Golden State defense that continues to take the lead. water (72-50). Clumsy until then, Luka Doncic joins the festival with two award-winning shots in a row. The Mavs also begin the third quarter with an 8/10 from afar and the gap is close to thirty units (99-70).
Kuminga, Moody, Poole, Bjeclica and Lee then cast a chill over Mavs fans. They pass a 32-11 to the locals to go from -29 to -8 with four minutes to play (110-102)!
As a symbol, it was a 3-pointer from Reggie Bullock and a loose ball from Jordan Poole that sealed the victory for the Mavs. There will therefore be a Game 5 in this series and the pressure is on the Warriors, who will have to finish the job at home to avoid returning to Dallas with the Mavs who will be on the rise.
WHAT YOU MUST REMEMBER
– Steve Kerr’s emotional rant before the match. Tuesday afternoon, 21 people including 19 primary school children were killed in a new shooting. This act of barbarism took place in Texas, several hundred kilometers from Dallas. Before the meeting, Steve Kerr used his press conference to share a message of anger, sadness and call on the US Senate to finally act on the subject. A debate is unfortunately recurring in the United States, where the victims accumulate without anything changing.
– The Mavs take advantage of Golden State’s experimental second five. At -4 after the first quarter, Steve Kerr then decided to insert Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody, his two rookies, to start the last quarter alongside Jordan Poole, Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney. A five who never played together during his playoffs and quickly takes the water. The two rookies and Jordan Poole multiply their defensive errors and forced shots on the other side to allow the Mavs to find their rhythm and make the hole. Dallas ended the second quarter on a 33-16 thanks to the aggressiveness of Jalen Brunson and the long distance address of his shooters.
– The Mavs make it rain! After their 13 of 45 3-pointers in Game 3, the Mavs took advantage of the Warriors’ lack of commitment to unroll their basketball and regain their address. They were at 19/36 at the end of the third quarter before the start of “garbage time”. The Dorian Finney-Smith – Reggie Bullock duo went from 2/12 on Sunday to 10/17 tonight. The question now is whether the Mavs will be able to repeat the same performance in San Francisco, during Game 5, against the much more concerned Warriors.
✅ Dorian Finney-Smith – Reggie Bullock – Maxi Kleber. The two Mavs wingers responded to avoid the “sweep”, scoring 23 and 18 points at 10 of 17 from afar. The German pivot had his best game of the series (13 points, 7 rebounds) on both sides of the field after his 2/17 on shots in the first three games.
✅ Luka Doncic. If the Slovenian lacked skill (30 points, 10/26 on shots and 3/11 from afar), he took 14 rebounds and distributed 9 assists to shine his teammates.
✅ ⛔Stephen Curry. With 15 points in the first half, he was the only successful Warrior, but he too took on water in the third quarter. He finished the game with 20 points, 8 assists, and 5 rebounds.
⛔ Klay Thompson-Jordan Poole. If Klay Thompson caught up in the third quarter by scoring 7 of his 10 points, and if Jordan Poole took advantage of the “garbage time” to take care of his stats (14 points), the two backs were on the street throughout the first half.
Game 5 Thursday night through Friday in Dallas.