If you watched the first 24 minutes of Game 2 between the Golden State Warriors and the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night but stopped the game at halftime, you’d probably be quite surprised to learn that the Warriors ended up winning. by nine points. The Mavericks led the game, 72-58, at halftime, and they seemed to be in control. However, the game went a full 180 in the second half. Golden State edged Dallas by 12 in the third quarter, then they edged the Mavs by 11 in the final frame to secure the victory.
With the win, the Warriors took a 2-0 series lead, which will now switch to Dallas for Game 3 on Sunday night. No team wants to fall two games behind in a playoff series, but Dallas went 0-2 down. to oust the top-seeded Phoenix Suns in the final round.
Here’s everything you need to know about Game 3 of the series between Golden State and Dallas.
(3) Golden State Warriors vs. (4) Dallas Mavericks
- When: Sunday May 22 | 9 p.m. ET
- Or: American Airlines Center — Dallas, TX
- TV: DTT | Direct: DTT app
- Odds: GS +125; DAL-145; O/U 218 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
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Warriors: You can never count Warriors out of a game. Even when the Mavericks took a big lead into the locker room at halftime in Game 2, the competition still looked far from over, and it turned out to be. After dropping as many as 19 points in the first half, the Warriors broke through in the second half to claim the victory.
It was the 12th time the Warriors had come back from a 15-or-more playoff deficit to win the game since Steve Kerr took over as head coach before the 2014-15 season. It’s the highest number for any team in the last 25 seasons, per ESPN. This stat is a testament to Coach Kerr and the guys he has in the locker room. Even if things don’t go so well at first, they don’t panic. Instead, they stay the course and hope the ball will start bouncing, and it often does.
Mavericks: If there was one bright spot for Dallas in Game 2, it was the starting backcourt game. 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 and eight assists, and Brunson added 31 and five assists. For those who don’t like the math, that’s a total of 71 points and 12 assists – a stellar production.
Unfortunately for Dallas, this duo didn’t get much help from the rest of the roster, except for Reggie Bullock, who had 21 points. The duo of Doncic and Brunson can’t do much big for the Mavs on the offensive end, so they’re going to need more guys like Spencer Dinwiddie (four points in 22 minutes) and Maxi Kleber (three points in 33 minutes) advance in the series.
It’s now or never for the Mavs, because if they fall behind 3-0, the series is almost over. Dallas showed in the first half of Game 2 that the team has a game plan that works against the Warriors, the Mavs just have to stick with it for 48 minutes. With their home fans behind them, expect the Mavs to come out focused and motivated. To take: Mavericks -2.5