Luka Doncic's standout performance propelled the Dallas Mavericks to a decisive 132-122 victory over the Golden State Warriors. Returning to the lineup after missing a game due to a sore left quadriceps, Doncic scored an impressive 25 of his total 39 points in the second half.
His contribution went beyond scoring, as he also racked up 10 assists and eight rebounds, showcasing his all-around impact on the game. Dante Exum and Josh Green also played pivotal roles in the Mavericks' win, scoring 19 and a season-high 18 points, respectively.
Dereck Lively II's double-double, featuring 12 points and 14 rebounds, further solidified Dallas's performance. Mavericks coach Jason Kidd praised the team's effort, highlighting it as a significant group win both defensively and offensively.
Warriors' Struggle Continues
Despite Stephen Curry's 25 points and Chris Paul's season-high 24 points, the Warriors couldn't fend off the Mavericks' onslaught. Paul's milestone of surpassing 22,000 career points was a bright spot in an otherwise disappointing night for Golden State, which suffered its third consecutive loss, bringing their season record to 15-17.
Golden State coach Steve Kerr expressed concern over the team's current state, emphasizing the need for more grit and a stronger sense of unity dedicated to winning. Trayce Jackson-Davis and Jonathan Kuminga made notable contributions for the Warriors, with Jackson-Davis scoring a career-high 17 points and Kuminga maintaining his scoring consistency.
The game saw dynamic shifts in momentum, with Dallas using a 13-0 run in the second quarter to build a lead, which Golden State countered with a 12-0 spurt. Doncic's third-quarter performance was particularly crucial in helping the Mavericks establish a 101-89 lead.
In the final minutes, the Warriors attempted a comeback with Curry and Paul hitting consecutive 3-pointers, cutting the deficit to five. However, the Mavericks' resilience and strategic play, as highlighted by Green, ensured their victory.
This game underscored the Mavericks' offensive strength, shooting 55.7%, and highlighted the defensive struggles of the Warriors, who allowed 132 points. The absence of Dallas guard Seth Curry due to illness and Kyrie Irving due to injury, along with the return of Warriors guard Gary Payton II from injury, were additional noteworthy aspects of the matchup.