SAN FRANCISCO — — Luka Doncic had been dominating for many of the night time, yelling in celebration and flexing his arms in Stephen Curry’s home.
Identical to that, the Warriors are two wins from getting again to a different NBA Finals.
“Night night,” Curry declared as a 3-pointer went by way of the web within the waning moments.
Curry scored 32 factors with six 3-pointers and eight extra rebounds, Looney had a career-high 21 factors and 12 rebounds, and the Warriors rallied previous the Dallas Mavericks 126-117 on Friday for a 2-0 lead within the Western Convention finals.
“I feel honored just to be a part of the ride,” Looney stated.
Doncic scored 42 factors and the Mavericks led many of the means earlier than Golden State grabbed its first lead of the night time on Otto Porter Jr.’s 3-pointer 18 seconds into the fourth. Curry might see a momentum shift at that second.
“We have that attitude and spirit that we’re never out of it,” Curry said.
Doncic had 18 points in the first quarter, two shy of his 20-point Game 1 total. His 3-pointer with 13 seconds before halftime — the Mavs’ 15th of the first half — made it 72-58 at the break and gave him 24 points.
Doncic even got a Twitter shoutout from Oakland’s own MC Hammer: “Ok young Luka … We see you.”
However Golden State answered with a 25-13 third quarter to drag to 85-83 going into fourth — popping out of halftime with a efficiency paying homage to these thrilling third quarters of previous. The Warriors trailed by 19 at one level.
“We know how good they are as a third-quarter team,” Dallas ahead Reggie Bullock said. “It’s just something that slipped away from us as the game continued to go on.”
Doncic shot 12 for 23 and shined in a game of brilliant shotmaking — the Warriors finished 56.1% from the floor. In the first half alone, Dallas edged Golden State 52.3% to 51.2%, including a remarkable 55.6% to 53.3% from 3-point range.
“Against someone that good you’re just trying to limit the easy stuff,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.
Looney then had 11 points on 5-for-6 shooting in the third and Golden State outscored Dallas 68-45 after halftime.
“It’s the Warriors. They have a great team. They’re a championship team. We’ve got to adjust our defense,” Doncic said. ”… We were up 19, so it’s a tough situation. But we can’t look back. What happened, happened. So we’ve got to move on.”
The series shifts to Dallas for Game 3 on Sunday. Golden State is two wins from a return to the NBA Finals for the first time since making five straight trips from 2015-19.
“We’re on the road against one of the best teams in the league. It happens. They held serve,” Mavs coach Jason Kidd said. “We’ve seen this in Phoenix so now we’ve to return and simply deal with Game 3.”
Jordan Poole scored 23 factors off the bench, Andrew Wiggins had 16 and Klay Thompson — held scoreless within the first half of the sequence opener — added 15 factors for a second straight recreation. Golden State scored 62 factors within the paint.
Jalen Brunson scored eight of the primary 14 Dallas factors on the best way to 31. The Mavericks didn’t must see as a lot of Draymond Inexperienced, who picked up his fifth foul with 6:01 left within the third, then returned with 6:33 left earlier than fouling out with 2:25 to go.
The groups tangled with 8:03 left within the second quarter in entrance of the Dallas bench. Warriors reserve Damion Lee closed out as Davis Bertans hit a 3-pointer from the nook and Bertans tripped Lee and despatched him in a flip exhausting to the ground. Lee needed to be held again by official Eric Lewis.
The gamers have been issued double technicals.
In Game 1 two days earlier, Doncic confronted smothering protection from Wiggins and shot simply 6 for 18 and three of 10 from deep. Kidd anticipated a much better outing in Game 2.
Golden State continued to push the tempo and dedicated 16 turnovers after 15 within the opener. At halftime, Kerr requested his crew to quiet down.
“I told them that if we developed some poise in the second half, that the game would come to us,” he stated. “But I thought we were so scattered in the first half. Maybe emotionally more so than anything. Dallas came out and just punched us.”
Moved again into the beginning lineup for the clinching Game 6 of the semifinals towards Memphis, Looney shot 10 for 14 after making all 5 of his area objectives in Game 1. He was one in every of 5 gamers to look in all 82 regular-season video games.
“He’s been the rock in the inside for us,” Porter stated. “… When he’s down there he’s doing all the dirty work, cleaning up the rebounds.”
Looney notched his second profession postseason double-double.
“Tonight was my night to make a big difference and I just stepped up,” Looney stated.
Mavericks: Dallas led by as many as 16 within the opening quarter. … The Mavs have been outrebounded once more at 43-30 after a 51-35 drawback in Game 1. They dedicated one fewer turnovers with 12 after Doncic had seven within the sequence opener.
Warriors: G Gary Payton II — who broke his left elbow on a tough foul when Memphis star Dillon Brooks clobbered him May 3 on a quick break for a Flagrant 2, ejection and one-game suspension — is doing mild particular person work on court docket that features taking pictures along with his non-dominant proper hand and will probably be re-evaluated in every week. … F Andre Iguodala missed his ninth straight recreation with a disc damage in his neck is constant his rehab with bodily remedy and coaching within the weight room with some mild on-court work. The Warriors stated they are going to present an replace when he’s cleared to observe. … Golden State improved to 8-0 at dwelling this postseason and is 18-5 in Game 2s courting to the 2015 title run. … Inexperienced was voted to the NBA All-Defensive Second Group.
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