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Behind an active and suffocating defense, the Warriors limited Dallas to 36 points in the second half to establish their rhythm and break the Texan lock. All five of Golden State’s starters finished with 10 or more points and Jordan Poole added 19 points off the bench. The Mavs took 56% of their 3-point shooting (48 attempts) but finished at 23%. Luka Doncic and Jalen Brunson had 12 of 34 shots.
It was the Dubs who started in the best way with an aggressive Andrew Wiggins winning his duel with Luka Doncic in the first quarter (10-8).
The Mavs look to attack Kevon Looney, Stephen Curry and Jordan Poole, but the Warriors alternate between individual and zone. Dallas can’t find its rhythm, missing 16 of its 19 award shots, and even if its defense over Curry limits the MVP double, Golden State still holds a 10-point lead (28-18).
With Luka Doncic on the bench and despite two fouls by Maxi Kleber, the Mavs are nibbling behind. Their defense drew forced shots, notably from a frustrated and clumsy Klay Thompson, and allowed Spencer Dinwiddie and Jalen Brunson to take a 7-0 (35-33) lead. Despite Draymond Green’s third foul, the Warriors get their app back. They use Dallas’ defensive pressure to attack intervals and force rotations that allow Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins to score from distance to complete a 14-4 run and return to the locker room at +9 (54-45).
While Doncic and the Mavs had managed to control the pace of the second quarter, the Warriors started the second half with a bang. His defense and pace allow Stephen Curry to create two open shots to finish a 10-2 run that puts Dallas (64-47) on the ropes! Jalen Brunson momentarily stops the bleeding, but he goes too fast for the Texans. The relentless movement of the Warriors sends the “Splash Brothers” into orbit. They scored 20 of their team’s 34 points in this third quarter to blow up the Chase Center (88-69).
Jordan Poole then picks up the slack to increase the gap to +30 and allow Golden State to easily take the first round of this series.
WHAT TO REMEMBER
– The offensive equation that Dallas is looking for. The first quarter of this series was symbolic of the game plan for Jason Kidd and the Mavs. They took 19 of their 26 3-point shots while limiting Golden State to 8 attempted long shots while pushing them high to force them to attack the circle. Dallas turns his series into a simple math problem. If they hit significantly more 3-pointers than their opponents, they don’t need to hit 40% of those shots. Only their shooting volume can allow them to have a decisive advantage in every match. Despite shooting 31% and shooting 24% from 3-point range in the first half, this strategy allowed them to stay in ambush. And it was with this game plan that they beat Utah and Phoenix.
– The Warriors dictate the tempo. Before the meeting, Jason Kidd pointed out that the battle of tempo is the key. “We don’t want this series to become a sprint. We want to play at our own pace. And each team will fight to dictate the tempo. » With the exception of the second quarter, it was the Warriors’ speed that took over. Steve Kerr’s men pushed the ball in transition as soon as possible and the clumsiness of the Mavs helped them in this area. In addition to this aspect, Golden State also knew how to impose its style of play in the half court. A style made of constant movements, very different from that of the Suns, which allowed the trio Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Jordan Poole to shine. Therefore, Dallas will have to adapt.
– A varied defense on Luka Doncic. During the first six minutes of the game, the Warriors had alternated individual defense, 3-2 in the zone and limping to stop Luka Doncic. While Andrew Wiggins was his main defender, Golden State also used multiple pick & roll tactics to keep the Slovenian from getting comfortable. As evidenced by his 6-for-18 shooting and 7 turnovers, this strategy worked. The Warriors also attacked Luka Doncic on the other side with an aggressive Wiggins. However, the Mavs star will be up for the challenge in Game 2.
Andrew Wiggins. The Warriors winger held Luka Doncic to 20 points, while he scored 19 points. Just like in Game 6 against the Grizzlies, he stayed aggressive and it worked for him.
✅Stephen Curry. The two-time MVP struggled to get going against the Mavs’ aggressive defense, before scoring 17 of his 21 points in the second and third quarters. He also finished as the best rebounder on his team with 12 receptions!
✅Jordan Poole. The Warriors’ sixth man played the role of him beautifully. He scored 19 points off the bench, outscoring the opposing defense. He has more problems defensively, and the Mavs will likely attack him more and more.
✅Spencer Dinwiddie. The other sixth man in this series was the only successful Mav, with 17 points on 5-for-11 shooting.
✅ ⛔Clay Thompson. Dumbfounded and frustrated in the first half, he set his sights in the third quarter to score 11 of his 15 points.
⛔ Luke Doncic. With 6 of 18 shots and 7 turnovers, the Slovenian had a difficult evening against the Warriors’ defense and his entire team suffered in his wake.
⛔ Jalen Brunson-Reggie Bullock-Dorian Finney-Smith. The trio converted just 8 of their 34 attempts. Finney-Smith was especially understated on offense after shining against the Suns.
game 2 at night from friday to saturday in san francisco