Lights out Luka, Mavericks blowout Warriors
The Dallas Mavericks took another step towards the playoffs with a blowout win over the Warriors on Tuesday night. A 28-0 run in the first half put the Mavs on their way and they didn't look back. Golden State lose ground in their bid to avoid the play-in tournament in the West.
Steph Curry has been electric in April and he appeared to be primed for another big night as he dropped a quick eight points to give Golden State an early 12-11 lead.
However those 12 points proved to be the final points scored by the Warriors in the first quarter as the Mavericks went on a 28-0 run over the next 9 minutes 40 seconds of the game. Dallas leading by 24 after one.
The Warriors went 0-17 after leading early in the game and although they were able to stop the bleeding in the second quarter, they couldn't get close to Dallas.
Luka Doncic dropped seven points in the final 1:46 to extend the Mavericks lead to 33 at the break, including a delicate driving floater at the buzzer. HT: Mavs 62-29 GSW.
The Warriors 29 first half points was a season low and they went about bringing back some of their pride in the third quarter.
Steph Curry was locked in out of the break, dropping 15 points in the quarter including three from deep as the Warriors put up 35. But this was still not enough to eat into the Mavericks lead as Luka Doncic dominated.
The Mavericks third year guard matched Curry's three trebles as he had his way with the Warriors defense. On his way to 23 points in the third, Doncic showed off every tool in his offense locker as he had the home crowd in awe.
Luka's huge haul gave Dallas 41 points in the quarter as they extended their half time lead to 39 points heading into the fourth.
The Mavericks domination of the opening three quarters meant the benches played out the final period and allowed the Warriors to gain some sense of solace, as they outscored Dallas 39-30 off the back of an impressive 19 point quarter from Mychal Mulder.
The 28-0 run in the first was the beginning of the end for Golden State as the Mavericks led by a minimum of 20 points for the final three quarters. Dallas showed the league just how dominant they can be when locked in, shooting above 50% from the field & three as a team.
Luka Doncic led the way for Dallas with 39 pts 6 rebs & 8 assists while Steph Curry added another five three pointers to his tally for April as he dropped 27 points in response. Final Score: Mavericks 133-130 GSW