Stephen Curry scored 32 points to lead the Golden State Warriors into a stunning battle to defeat the Dallas Mavericks 126-117 on Friday and dominate the NBA Western Conference Finals series.
The tough showdown at Chase Center in San Francisco saw the Warriors come down 19 points behind in the first half for a win that leaves the six-times NBA champions 2-0 up in a better-of-seven streak.
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Curry may have led the Warriors to score, but the remarkable turnaround owes everything to the team’s faltering performance.
Six Golden State players finished double digits, with Jordan Paul, Kevin Looney, and Andrew Wiggins making crucial plays.
Looney in particular gave a decisive performance with 21 points and 12 rebounds.
Meanwhile, Luka Doncic provided another high-scoring professional performance for Dallas with 42 points, five rebounds and eight assists, while Jalen Bronson scored 31 points.
But tonight and victory belonged to the Warriors, who were shocked by Dallas in a runaway first half.
The Mavericks revolted with 72 points in the first two quarters of the year, leaving them with a 14-point lead, leading 72-58 in the first half.
Doncic led the offensive bombing with 24 points in the first half, with Bronson scoring four three-pointers for 20 points.
Reggie Bullock was also a killer from downtown, making four out of five attempts from a three-point range in the first half.
The Mavs led from the start, with Doncic putting them 5-0 ahead before the 13-0 streak left Dallas 23-8 ahead with just a few minutes to go.
After the Warriors came into play, he pulled off a 13-0 run on his own to take a three-point lead at 26-23, but once again Dallas managed to outdo it with a deadly long-range shot.
Dallas made 15 of the 27 three-pointers during the first inning, nearly double eight of the 15 converted by the Warriors.
Doncic put the seal on an incredible display with a 29-foot and three pointer at the break.
But momentum swung back toward Golden State in the third quarter, with the Warriors winning away the Mavs to close in two at 85-83 before the fourth quarter.
A trio of Otto Porter Jr. gave the Warriors their first lead of the night at 86-85 early in the fourth quarter, and with their noses up against Golden State they weren’t turned down.
The Warriors outplayed Dallas 43-32 in the final quarter to complete a thrilling win as the series heads to Texas for Game Three on Sunday.
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