Doncic and Mavs avoid sweep with 119-109 win over Warriors


DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic had 30 points and 14 rebounds, and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Golden State Warriors 119-109 on Tuesday night to avoid being swept in the Western Conference Finals.

It was the 10th double-double in 14 games this post-season for Doncic, who also had nine assists and some help from his supporting cast to extend that streak. He had 40 points in Game 3, when Reggie Bullock shooting 0 for 10 shots with seven misses from 3 points.

Dorian Finney-Smith had 23 points and Bullock had 18 on 6-for-10 shooting – all 3-pointers. Jalen Brunson had 15 points. The Mavs were 20 of 43 on 3-pointers.

The loss ended the Warriors’ nine-game winning streak in the Western Conference Finals, though they still firmly control that streak back in California for Game 5 on Thursday night.

Stephen Curry had 20 points and returned to the game with 3:22 to go – his first fourth quarter appearance – after the Warriors cut a 29-point deficit to 110-102. But they never got close even with Curry and other starters returning to the floor.

Doncic then drove for a dunk and Bullock made his sixth 3-pointer.

No NBA team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a series. Only three of the 146 teams to fall into that deep hole have even managed to force a seventh game.

Jonathan Kuminga had 17 points and Andrew Wiggins 13 points for the Warriors, who had seven players scoring in double figures.

There was even a 16-minute rain delay, when the start of the second half was delayed due to rain seeping through the roof of the American Airlines Center. There was heavy rain outside and there were at least two leaks. One of them was dropping water near the Golden State bench, and at the other end of the field, the water appeared to be falling into the stands.

A 3-pointer from Doncic put the Mavs up 81-56 with 6:57 left in the third quarter, their biggest lead to that point.

Draymond Green was fouled on Golden State’s ensuing possession, and his first free throw attempt landed on the wide back side of the rim. After Doncic and Green stood together in the lane laughing together, before the ball was finally knocked down, Green also missed the second attempt, although this one simply did not cross the rim and was bounced by Doncic.

Dallas went ahead to stay with a 25-6 run in nearly 7 minutes of the second quarter in which the Warriors missed nine of 10 shots and had two turnovers.

Golden State led 31-29 after a jump from Moses Moody, then had just one field goal scored the next seven minutes. A 3-pointer from Davis Bertans put the Mavericks ahead for good.

The Mavericks had a 62-47 half after Doncic drove for a hard layup, responding to Curry’s field goal at the other end.

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