Mavericks rain 3s to force Game 5 in West Final against Wariors


DALLAS — Even a leaky roof couldn’t stop the Dallas Mavericks from forcing a Game 5.

The Mavericks rained down 3 points and held off a fourth-quarter rally from the Golden State Warriors for a 119-109 win in Game 4 on Tuesday night at American Airlines Center. The Warriors hold a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals series.

Dallas knocked down eight 3-pointers in the third quarter to take a 29-point lead going into the fourth. Golden State launched a run to open the final period, forcing the Mavericks to hand over Luka Doncic.

The Warriors cut the deficit to eight points with mostly ground bench players before making a final push with three starters and Jordan Poole at 3:03. The Mavericks had to keep going through their star in order to avoid elimination for at least one more game.

Doncic completed one pass before a triple-double with 30 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists. His fellow starters provided some much-needed help after a dismal Game 3. Dorian Finney-Smith had 23 points and Reggie Bullock, after a scoreless outing, added 18.

The Mavericks were 20 for 43 from 3-point range (46.5%). They shot 50% from the field.

Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 20 points and eight assists. Poole added 14 points off the bench.

The match was delayed 16 minutes after half-time as the arena crew repaired a leak in the roof which saw water pooling on the pitch.

Game 5 takes place Thursday at 9 p.m. ET (TNT) at the Chase Center in San Francisco.

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic takes the ball downfield against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals at the American Airlines Center in Dallas on May 24, 2022. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)