The Golden State Warriors cut Dallas’ lead from 29 points to eight in the final quarter but the Mavericks held on to avoid the sweep.
Not even a leaky roof at the American Airlines Center was enough to help the Golden State Warriors, as the Dallas Mavericks ensured it wouldn’t be swept with a 119-109 victory in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.
Dallas’ win means the Warriors now hold a 3-1 advantage in the series and will get another chance to close out the series in Game 5 at the Chase Center in San Francisco.
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Golden State kept the contest close in the first quarter with Dallas taking an early 24-28 lead, but from that moment on the offensive momentum was completely with the home side.
The Mavericks went into halftime with a 62-47 lead but had to wait to continue to onslaught in the third due to rain leaking through the roof.
The start to the second half was delayed by 16 minutes as workers rushed to patch up the areas leaking water to the court below.
Despite the water leaks, it did little to slow down the Mavs as they extended the lead by another 14 points in the third quarter.
As the Warriors began to close the gap and make the contest closer than Dallas would have liked, the Mavs brought superstar Luka Doncic back into the game to ensure the comeback wouldn’t be successful.
Golden State had cut Dallas’ lead to as little as eight points in the fourth quarter, but the Mavericks made sure they wouldn’t choke and held on for the win.
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Doncic almost ended the game with a triple-double, posting 30 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists throughout his 38 minutes of on-court action.
He could have had even more points if it wasn’t for his misfires from range, shooting just three-from-11 in three-point attempts.
As Doncic struggled with his accuracy, teammates Reggie Bullock and Dorian Finney-Smith stepped up in his absence especially from distance.
Bullock made six three-pointers from ten attempts while Finney-Smith drained four from seven.
Warriors star Steph Curry wasn’t quite his usual self, posting just 20 points with only two three-pointers to his name.
It was the team’s bench who was more successful in terms of output, with Jonathan Kuminga and Jordan Poole making valuable contributions especially during the Warriors’ last-gasp comeback efforts.
Originally published as Mavs almost blow 29pt lead as Warriors’ last-gasp comeback falls agonisingly short