The Golden State Warriors confidently won the game 1 of the Conference Finals against the Dallas Mavericks. In halftime one, Luka Doncic holds the Mavs in striking distance, then the Splash Brothers Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson run hot. Golden State wins 112: 87.

The duo scored 20 points in the third quarter and thus fueled the Warriors’ attack. With 34:24, the Dubs won this section and at that time already led up to 22 points, the guests from Dallas had no more answers, not even Luka Doncic.

The Slovenian was already 18 points at the break, but after that only one field goal was added. Doncic ended the game with 20 points (6/18 FG, 3/10 threes), 7 rebounds and only 4 assists. The best guest player was still Spencer Dinwiddie (17, 5/11), Jalen Brunson (14, 6/16) remained rather inconspicuous. Maxi glue put on 3 points (1/4 threes) and 3 rebounds in 19 minutes.

The Warriors, on the other hand, shone in the collective. Of the eight players used (Garbage Time excluded), seven players achieved at least three field goals. Curry was the best scorer with 21 points (7/16, 12 rebounds), while Thompson scored all of his 15 points after the break. Jordan Poole (8/12) and Andrew Wiggins (8/17) each came to 19 points.

Both teams brought the expected starters, so the Warriors started with Kevon Looney as a center and he immediately presented Dallas with his work on the board. Wiggins hit his first two threes, but Dallas remained cold despite the open throws. The Warriors, on the other hand, came to the ring more frequently and won the first double -digit leadership to exist after twelve minutes (28:18).

Warriors overrun Dallas after the break

The Warriors met over 60 percent, but could not really settle. Dallas survived the minutes quite well without Doncic. Golden State now threw the ball away a few times, Dinwiddie and Bullock heralded an 11: 1 run from Downtown. Thanks to Wiggins, the Warriors countered these with an 11: 2 run, the hosts were now running hot, but Doncic answered with two threes and kept the Mavs in the game (54:45).

The Warriors then came out of the cabin like the fire brigade, two Curry trians brought the Chase Center to a boil. Dallas no longer got any access in this phase. Thompson, who had remained one without Field Goal in halftime, hit five litters in a row. Meanwhile, Doncic put under pressure and fueled the host’s transition game. It was only fitting that the pool with the siren hit a long floater. The Warriors already led 88:69.

The Mavs no longer had a run, instead the dubs scored the first 8 points of the district again and so it quickly turned out that Golden State would win confidently. Five minutes before the end, the bankers came for the Garbage Time. Game 2 of the series takes place in the night of Saturday at 3 a.m. German time.

the most important statistics

Golden State Warriors (3) – Dallas Mavericks (4) 112: 87 (boxcore), series: 1-0

  • After the first quarter, the Mavericks had an offensive rating of 81.8, primarily because the Texans threw 3/19 from a distance. Golden State seemed to accept it to give up open threes. This went well in the first half, since Dallas’ role players hardly met anything (4/22 without Doncic). It is never a good sign for Dallas if the Slovenian is the best shooter from a distance.
  • And another stat to distance. Two thirds of the litters of the Texans in the first half were threesome, so that the Mavs were only 9 points behind with a quota of 32 percent, although Golden State in turn netted 56 percent. After the change, the Mavs’ throws were no longer so open, since Golden State exerted more pressure and the Mavs mostly attempts deep in the Shotclock.
  • Turnover of the Dubbs were the big topic before the series, in game 1 the hosts acted significantly more concentrated and avoided passports with little chance of success (but it was also a few times luck). In the first half, Dallas converted 6 Warriors Turno to 11 points, but it must be mentioned that three of these ball losses were step errors. The MAVs only scored 1 steal in the first 24 minutes. After 48 minutes it was 15 ball losses for Golden State (some in Garbage Time), Dallas undergone 12.
  • 7 of these gymnastics went to Doncic’s account, which thus produced more ball losses when he played assists (4) and Field Goals (6). In the 24th playoff game it is a novelty for the Slovenen that he had more ball losses than hits in the boxcore.
  • Hardly a team is as dangerous in transition as Golden State and the Warriors proved that today. In the third quarter, the hosts reach 7 points in Fastbreak, a total of 18 (Dal: 7). Golden State pressed Dallas the quick game, which also worked because Dallas simply scorten too little.
  • Hope for Dallas? For the third time in a row, the MAVs have now lost the opening game of a series, the Warriors are victorious on the other side for the third time.

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Warriors vs. Mavs: The voices for the game

Jason Kidd (Head Coach Mavs): “We had a lot of good throws, but they didn’t like it. It happens, so it runs in basketball. If you take 48 threes, you also have to meet a few of them.”

Klay Thompson (Warriors) about Andrew Wiggins: “Andrew is one of the best defenders in the NBA. He should be in the All-Defense team this season.”

Luka Doncic (MAVS): “The defeat today is on me. I have to play better for my team. We have to be more physical.”

the star of the game: Andrew Wiggins

It was an impressive team performance by the Warriors, especially in the defense, with Wiggins at the top. Especially in the second half, the Canadian Doncic defended almost no other in these playoffs. Sometimes the earlier top pick didn’t need help, which was extremely valuable for the Warriors. To do this, he converted his throws in the attack and was not the feared wobbly candidate with the hosts. With 15 points in the first half, he also set his playoff-career high.

The flop of the game: Dorian Finney-Smith

That was the worst playoff game from Mr. Could be duped several times by cuts and could not hold a pool in front of them. In half -time two scorten also Thompson against DFS at will, that is not a good sign for the Dallas. Finney-Smith was also barely noticeable in the attack, the Forward only posted 5 points (2/6) and 7 rebounds in 34 minutes.

the scene of the game

At the beginning of the second half, the Warriors started their decisive run, it was like in the old days. Curry ran hot and really had fun. So the wild things also worked, which then culminated in a threesome and a small dance of the chef.

Warriors vs. Mavs: The series at a glance (1-0)

Game Date Time Home About result
1 19. May 3 o’clock Golden State Warriors Dallas Mavericks 112: 87
2 21. May 3 o’clock Golden State Warriors Dallas Mavericks

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3 | 23. May | 3 o’clock | Dallas Mavericks | Golden State Warriors | –
4 | 25. May | 3 o’clock | Dallas Mavericks | Golden State Warriors | –
5| 27. May | 3 o’clock | Golden State Warriors | Dallas Mavericks | –
| 29. May | 3 o’clock | Dallas Mavericks | Golden State Warriors | –

7*| 31. May | 2 o’clock | Golden State Warriors | Golden State Warriors | –

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