The Dallas Mavericks didn’t manage to cash a golden opportunity in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals as they relinquished a 19-point lead and fell behind the Golden State Warriors 2-0 in the series. Dallas Mavericks had recovered from similar deficits in the past, but it seemed to reverse this time with the Warriors’ championship-proven foundation of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green leading the way.
Dallas’ Head Coach Jason Kidd said after suffering another loss:
“This is huge for our franchise. This isn’t the end, this is the beginning. We’ll be ready to go for Game 4.”
Golden State Warriors pulled off a magnificent 109-100 victory and took an impressive 3-0 series lead. In NBA history, no team has ever recovered from such a hole. Although the Warriors deserve credit for their performance within those three games, the Mavs can only condemn themselves for their current state.
Mavericks were led by Luka Doncic for 40 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, and one seal within the time span of only 40 minutes. He went 11-23 from the field, with 4-9 from the three-point range and 14-17 from the line.
Luka’s low assist total indicates what type of night a few of his teammates had. Reggie Bullock, Maxi Kleber, and Davis Bertans shot a collective 1-18 from the field, with 0-14 from three-point range. The Mavericks scored just 40% as a team, including 28.9% from deep. For the Mavs, the concept is simple: make easy shots and have an opportunity to win. Miss a shot and you could be ashamed.
Legend Curry led the Warriors
Curry concluded with 31 points, five rebounds, and 11 assists including 5-10 from the deep. Curry made a quick turnaround at the same time when the Mavericks were having nine points lead in the second quarter. After Curry, it was Andrew Wiggins who managed to finish with 27 points and 11 rebounds. He maintained his form after becoming the second notable player in the series.
Mavericks will look to win one first game to keep on improving and unlocking new winning ways.