Dallas, TX – The Dallas Mavericks avoided a sweep and beat the Warriors 119-109. On a night where the country mourned another senseless killing at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. The NBA Playoffs continued with Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.
Tonight’s loss snapped the Golden State’s four-game winning streak, their longest of the current postseason. The Warriors trailed, 62-47 at halftime, that was the teams largest halftime deficit (15) of the 2022 NBA Playoffs (prev. 14, Game 2 vs. Dallas). Tonight marked the first game of the series Golden State was outrebounded by the Mavericks.
Dallas made 20 three-pointers and shot 46/5% beyond the arc. The Mavericks couldn’t find a basket for the first three games of the series but tonight found their shot on the arc. Dorian Finney-Smith was 4-of-7 from the three-point line, while Reggie Bullock was 6-of-10 and Max Kleber hit 2-of-3. Luka Doncic finished the night with 30 point and 14 rebounds.
The Warriors were flat on both sides of the ball. Stephen Curry lead all scores for Golden State with 20 points and eight assists. Currybecame the 16th player in NBA history to record 100-or-more 20-point games in the postseason. Earlier today, he was named to the 2021-22 All-NBA Second Team, his eight career All-NBA selection, a franchise-record mark.
Jonathan Kuminga grabbed a playoff-career high eight rebounds, scoring in double figures for the third time this postseason. Moses Moody posted a playoff-high tying 10 points. Golden State committed a 2022 postseason low eight turnovers, also marking the fewest the team has committed in a playoff game dating back to 5/4/19 at HOU.
While Dallas celebrated their win, the rest of the world couldn’t understand the latest attack on an elementary school in America. An 18 year-old killed 21 people, 19 children and 2 teachers. After the 18 year-old’s killing spree which lasted from 40-60 minutes, the shooter was shot and killed by police.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr gave an emotional press conference before the game regarding the shooting.
Up Next: The Warriors and Mavericks matchup in Game 5 at Chase Center on Thursday, May 26, at 6pm. PDT.
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