Dallas Mavericks with late comeback! The Golden State Warriors are back in the finals

The Golden State Warriors are back in the NBA Finals after three years. In Game 5, the Dubs beat the Dallas Mavericks 120-110, but despite a 25-point lead, they had to shake a bit in the third quarter.

A 15-0 run by the visitors in the third quarter pushed the deficit back to single digits, but the Dubs caught themselves in the final part of the match and took the victory over time, winning the series 4-1. The opponent in the NBA Finals has not yet been determined, in the East, the Boston Celtics are currently leading 3-2 against the Miami Heat. The finals start next week Friday night, the Warriors definitely have home advantage.

And the Dubs also used this against the Mavs. Klay Thompson burst into flames in front of his home crowd and was the top scorer with 32 points (12/25 FG, 8/16 three). Stephen Curry (15, 5/17, 9 assists) on the other hand lasted a long time and converted only two of his seven three-pointers. Instead, it was primarily a round team presentation in which six players scored double-digit.

Andrew Wiggins (18, 7/16, 10 rebounds) again defended strongly against Doncic, Kevon Looney (10, 18 rebounds, 7 offensive) again caused problems for the Mavs under the boards. Jordan Poole (16) and Draymond Green (17, 6/7, 9 assists) rounded out the strong Warriors team.

Doncic (28, 10/28, 3/13 threes, 9 rebounds, 6 assists) was still the top scorer for Dallas, but the best player among the guests was Spencer Dinwiddie (26, 7/12 FG, 5/7 threes, 7 / 9FT ). Dorian Finney-Smith (13, 6/10) played a strong second half, while Maxi Kleber (7, 3/6, 8 rebounds) was the only Mavs player with significant minutes to have a positive plus-minus rating (+ 2).

The Dallas Mavericks season ends in Game 5

The Warriors got off to a dream start. The threes dropped, Looney got offensive rebounds, and the hosts forced turnovers. Dallas needed a few minutes, but came back into play after some time, though Doncic missed some (and got no calls) at ringside. Curry limped a bit and appeared more like a pass player (already 5 assists). Golden State still led 28-23, with Dinwiddie hitting two threes in the final 18 seconds for Dallas.

But then the avalanche followed, Thompson and Poole hit five jumpers in a row (17 points total), the shot production of dubs was just incredible at this point. That did not change either when Doncic returned. The Slovenian was cleared several times at the curve (2/12 FG at the break), on the other hand, rookie Moses Moody hit the Jumper clockwise. Dallas’ attack picked up speed again thanks to Dinwiddie, but no more stops were made. Already at the break, it smelled of a blowout, even though Curry (5) had only taken 4 throws (69:52).

And this continued to take shape after the change. Thompson already had seven threes, and Curry also entered the zone a few times. The lead grew to 25 points, but Mavs stifled the burgeoning party mood in the Chase Center with a pair of threes (Bullock, 2x Doncic). With a 15-0 run, the deficit was suddenly down to single digits before Poole stopped the bleeding just before the end of the quarter. And yet: It was only 94:84, and Dallas had hope again before the final episode.

The Warriors had a quick response before Green was benched with five errors. Dinwiddie drew three errors in a row, but the Warriors got several other chances with Looney’s work on the board. It was particularly bitter with three minutes left when Dallas stopped, but then ate a Thompson three that came out like a dagger (115-100). Two minutes before the end, coach Jason Kidd hoisted the white flag and heralded garbage time.

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