Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors Outgun Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks in Series Opener

Stephen Curry scored 21 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to score by Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks to win the opening game of the Western Conference Finals 112-87 on Wednesday.

Three days after Doncic destroyed the Phoenix Suns with an iconic performance, the Slovenian superstar finds it all the more difficult to take on the ruthless Golden State at Chase Center in San Francisco.

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Dallas rained hard against Phoenix in Arizona on Sunday, but the scoring was halted by the six-time NBA champion.

The Warriors started slow but withdrew decisively in the second half after leading 54-45 in the first half.

With Doncic looking to be suffering from shoulder pain, the Warriors outplayed the visitors 34-24 in the third quarter to lead by 19 points before the end of the period.

An 8-0 start to the fourth quarter left the Warriors a 27-point lead at 96-69 to put the game out of reach.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr was able to pull off the start five minutes before the end of the game, getting a precious rest for what could be a long streak.

Curry led the scoring with 21 points, 12 rebounds and four assists, while Jordan Paul and Andrew Wiggins each scored 19 points.

“We did what we were supposed to do – win the first game, but there’s still a lot of work to do,” Curry said.

“We had a specific game plan coming up and most of the time we implemented it. It would take the same effort three more times to beat this team.

“They are a really good team. You have to stay locked up. Hopefully we can go out on Friday (in game two) and get it done again.”

miserable Doncic

Klay Thompson failed to score in the first two quarters but got into the groove in the second half with 15 points. Seven Warriors players finished in double digits.

Doncic led the Mavericks with 20 points, but he cut a bad number after the defeat, as Dallas trailed for almost the entire game.

Dallas was somehow trailing by only nine points in the first half after performing poorly in the first two quarters.

The Mavs made only 14 of their 44 attempts from the field in the first half, and only seven of their 29 three-point attempts.

They did manage, however, to stay within sight of the Warriors, who shot 22 of 39 but made only five out of 18 attempts from outside the arc.

Thompson made just four attempts off the field in the first half – and missed them all – while Curry was also well off goal from long range, converting only one of six three-point attempts.

The Mavericks scored two points at 35-33 midway through the second quarter, but a quick 11-2 lead, with Curry setting up three throws for Paul Wiggins, had the Warriors pull back again to lay the foundations for victory.

The second game in the series takes place in San Francisco on Friday.

The Western Conference Finals winner will play the Eastern Conference winner, either Boston or Miami, in the NBA Finals.

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