The Dallas Mavericks saved the season with a win over Golden State

Dallas – After stopping the game in the second quarter, Luka Doncic got up from one foot from the Mavericks and delivered a pointless shot beyond the 3-point line, the sole purpose of which seemed to be Doncic himself having fun. It was a skyscraper, the ball was running towards the rafters before it fell to the ground. It took one firm jump on the pitch, and then it spun in the ring.

When they entered the play-off match against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, Maverick must have wondered if they could make any consistent shots. Their season depended on it.

While the Donchich Circus hit was not considered a hit, the degree of complexity was outrageous. (Welcome to Luke’s world.) The crowd roared. For the team on the ropes, it was a sign of a good future.

The main comeback can only begin with a modest first step, and Dallas hopes, though, that it’s far from a win at Golden State 119-109 in the 4th game of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday night to build a miracle block. .

“We will believe until the end,” said Doncic, who made a few more regular shots during the game and finished with 30 points, 14 rebounds and 9 assists. “We have more to do, you know. it’s nothing.”

You may have heard this before, but no team in NBA history has suffered a loss in one of three games. After avoiding elimination, Dallas, which now lags behind in the series, 3-1, wants to become first. The 5th game will be held on Thursday in San Francisco.

“We want to do something special,” said Mavericks Dorian Finn-Smith. “It will be very difficult, but we can do it. We just have to stay together.”

If nothing else, Tuesday’s victory was a credit to the Mavericks and their resilient young core. They could have collapsed with ugly jump shots after polluting Game 3 for the season. In the loss, they went out of the 45- to 13-point range. Reggie Bullock missed all 10 attempts on the pitch.

On Tuesday, the Mavericks hit 20 of 43 from a 3-point range, assisted 41 of 30, and canceled a new and improved version of Bullock, who made 6 of his 10 3-point attempts.

“It was almost like winning an ego,” said Golden State player Stephen Curry, referring to the Mavericks. “You come out and you really have nothing to lose, so self-confidence started earlier. We really did not do anything to slow it down and that is when the avalanche started. So this is a good lesson. “You are wearing their hats because they have done a lot of blows.”

After a season with no injuries, no playoffs, Golden State remains one win away from its first conference championship since 2019. But throughout the post-season, the team shrinks – at least momentarily – when it comes to destroying opponents. .

In the first round, the Denver Nuggets avoided the play by losing to Golden State in Game 4. The Memphis Grizzlies extended the series by 39 points in the conference semifinals. For both the Nuggets and the Grizzlies, the break was temporary: Golden State closed each series in the next game.

Mavericks presents another type of challenge. During the long period of Tuesday’s game, Golden State went to the defense of the zone, which was received as a compliment by Dallas coach Jason Kidd.

“Because they can not play with us one-on-one,” he said.

It was a weird game, both dark and then solemn, inherently silent. He played a few hours after at least 19 children and two adults were killed by gunmen in Wawald, Texas Elementary School, about 350 miles southwest of Dallas. At his press conference, Golden State coach Steve Kerr made an emotional request about gun control legislation, while Kidd refused to respond about basketball.

“We will try to play the game,” Kidd said. “We have no choice.”

Kerry then struggled to put the night into some pleasant context.

“It’s too much to understand, too much to understand,” he said. “We go and hope that someone will actually decide to value the lives of our citizens more than they value money and power.

The start of the second half of a rainy evening was delayed due to a leak on the roof. By that time, the Mavericks had a 15-point lead and were trying to increase their momentum.

It would not be easy: Golden State has a well-deserved reputation for ruining teams that come out of the half. In fact, in the first three games of the series, the Warriors beat the Mavericks 31 points in the third quarter. Kidd was not overly concerned.

“This group does not allow anything to bother them,” he said.

Of course, Dallas struck from 3 to 13 in the 3-point range in the third quarter to increase their lead to 29. Golden State went through with its reserves late, but fell behind.

This is an obvious observation, but Doncic can not do it alone – not with Golden State. He, of course, tried to play his part in Game 2 when he scored 42 and in Game 3 when he scored 40. The Mavericks lost both.

On Tuesday, he was assisted by small lights such as Bullock and Finn-Smith, and even by Max Kleber, who came down from a chair to film his serial nightmare, shooting 6 to 5 from the field.

“If they make a shot,” Doncic said, “I think it’s hard to defeat us.”

Mavericks just have to do the same thing more than three times. No circus footage required.

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