The Golden State Warriors have secured their place in the NBA Finals for the sixth time in eight seasons — the first team to do so since Michael Jordan’s Bulls — after beating the Dallas Mavericks 120-110 and the Western Conference Finals 4-1 to seal.
In a rollercoaster Game 5, the Warriors led by a whopping 21 points at the end of the second quarter and 25 points in the middle of the third, as Dallas star Luka Doncic had just six points at halftime — after failing at all in the second quarter. scored.
Doncic looked tired and frustrated, bickering with umpires and repeatedly failing to find the field in defence. But he exploded by 15 points in the third quarter, leading to a 15-2 Mavericks attack to end the period and narrow the deficit to 10 points going into the final period.
But the Warriors couldn’t be denied, averting the comeback and extending to 16 points late in the piece before Dallas waved the white flag and both sides turned to the benches.
The Warriors are now 9-0 at home this postseason and moving into the final as their opponents – either the Boston Celtics or Miami Heat – are stuck in a grueling streak that will give them a much shorter break to recover for the championship series. .
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In a vintage run, Klay Thompson had 32 points, including eight three-pointers from 16 attempts. His 19 points in the first half (including five three-pointers on eight attempts) already exceeded his total game score in the previous four games of this series.
He said: “I’m just so happy to be back. I’m so thankful for this team… I don’t want to get emotional. I can’t believe we’re back. This is crazy. I’m going to enjoy this tonight, but we still have 4 wins to go.”
Kevon Looney had a whopping 18 rebounds plus his 10 points.
Steph Curry had a rare bad shooting night, scoring just 15 points on 5-for-17 field goals (29.4 percent) and losing just 2 of 7 three-point attempts. But his offensive move and vision allowed him to rack up an equal game-high 9 assists.
Curry nevertheless claimed the first-ever Western Conference Finals MVP award for his remarkably consistent run.
Six Warriors reached double figures in points.
For the Mavericks, Doncic finished with 28 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists, but had a game-high four turnovers and made only 3 of 13 three-point attempts. Spencer Dinwiddie had 26 points off the bench, including 5 of 7 three-pointers.
Draymond Green stated: “This one is special because this is a group that no one thought would ever come back here. Klay Thompson goes through two catastrophic injuries. Steph Curry breaks his hand. Two years ago we won fifteen games.
“A group of young guys and experienced guys… But this group kept coming every day and putting the work into it. Our technical staff was great.
“Were here. We’re back!”
The Warriors led by five points after a quarter, but exploded for 41 points in the second period. But it was the Golden State defense in the paint that crucially limited Dallas to just 14 points in the first half in that zone.
Doncic also struggled, taking just six points at halftime on 2-of-12 field goals, including none of the four attempts at trebles.
And he was widely criticized for his lack of effort, particularly on defense where he twice failed to come back and cover, giving the Warriors two easy finishes.
In the third quarter, however, everything changed when Luka Doncic found his form and scored 15 points in that period alone, while the Mavericks defeated the home side 32-25 in the third quarter. Dallas ended the period with a 15-2 run to narrow the deficit to 10 points, which would be the same margin at the final whistle.
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