Warriors vs. Mavericks score, Takeaways: Golden State closes 19-point deficit and easily beats Dallas

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Warriors vs. Mavericks score, Takeaways: Golden State closes 19-point deficit and easily beats Dallas

If you watched the first 24 minutes of Game 2 between the Golden State Warriors and the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night but finished the game at halftime, you’d probably be quite surprised to learn that the Warriors ended up winning 126-117. The Mavericks were leading the game 72-58 at halftime and appeared to be in control of the contest. In the second half, however, the game made a complete 180.

Golden State beat Dallas by 12 points in the third quarter, and then they passed the Mavs by 11 in the final frame to secure the win. The win gave the Warriors a 2-0 lead in the series, which is now moving to Dallas for Games 3 and 4.

Luka Doncic did all he could for Dallas as he led the game in both points (42) and assists (eight), but ultimately his performance fell short. Steph Curry led the Warriors with 32 points and five assists, and Kevon Looney added a career-high 21 points along with 12 rebounds.

The loss must be a disappointing one for Dallas, especially after they played so well in the first half. Also, no team wants to drop two games behind in a playoff series. Now they have to find a way to get back home. Before we continue in the series, though, here’s a look at three key takeaways from Golden State’s Game 2 win.

1. Golden State dominated the suit

Dallas’ lack of a legitimate Paint presence or two really hurt them in that game. The Warriors were always able to get into the paint, and there they met little to no resistance on the perimeter. You saw that again and again in the second half. Over the course of the contest, the Warriors attempted 16 shots to the rim and cleaned 14 of those shots from the glass. That’s 87.5 percent. On the other hand, the Mavericks didn’t convert a single shot to the rim.

Overall, Dallas was outclassed by 32 points (62-30) and they were passed 43-30. The point difference in color was huge and a major factor in Game 2.

2. The Dallas backcourt came into play

If there was a bright spot for Dallas in Game 2, it was playing their beginning backcourt. In Game 1, Doncic and Jalen Brunson combined for just 34 points and eight assists. On Friday night, this duo blew those numbers out of the water. Doncic alone scored 40 goals and had eight assists, and Brunson added 31 and five assists of his own. For those who don’t like math, that’s 71 points and 12 assists combined – an outstanding achievement.

Unfortunately for Dallas, this duo didn’t get much help from the rest of the roster aside from Reggie Bullock, who had 21 points. The duo of Doncic and Brunson can only do so much heavy lifting for the Mavs on offense that they’ll need more from the likes of Spencer Dinwiddie (four points in 22 minutes) and Maxi Kleber (three points in 33 minutes) in the progress series.

3. The comeback kids

You can never count the warriors out of a game. Even when the Mavericks took a big lead in the dressing room at halftime, the contest didn’t feel over by a long shot, and that turned out to be the case. After being as much as 19 behind in the first half, the Warriors stormed all the way back in the second half to claim the win.

It was the 12th time the Warriors came back from a deficit of 15 or more in the playoffs and won the game since Steve Kerr took over as head coach ahead of the 2014-15 season. That’s the highest number for a team in the last 25 seasons, per ESPN. That stat is a testament to Coach Kerr and the guys he has in the locker room. Even if things don’t go as soon as you want, don’t panic. Instead, they stay the course and trust the ball to bounce their way, and often it does.

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