Warriors Take A 2-0 Series Lead In A Thriller 126-117

The Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (11) takes a shot against the Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins (22) in the first half of action at the Chase Center in San Francisco in game 2 of the NBA Western Conference Finals on Fri May 20, 2022 (AP News photo)

Warriors Take A 2-0 Series Lead In A Thriller 126-117

By Barbara Mason

Going into Game Two of the Western Conference Finals the Golden State Warriors fully expected to see a different Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic but they did not expect to see a right shoulder injury coupled with battling a terrible 24 hour flu that kept him up all Wednesday night. This guy is a fighter and he started in Friday night’s game although not at 100%. Doncic’s issues helped Golden State win their second straight against the Mavericks in game 2 at Chase Center 126-117.

Game 2 recap: Two minutes into the first quarter Warrior Head Coach Steve Kerr called a timeout not liking what he was seeing defensively. They gave up three open shots to the Mavericks resulting in the early Dallas lead. The Mavericks led 8-2 and Dallas was already shooting better to start the game then in game one.

Four minutes into the game turnovers were already hurting the Warriors. Doncic gave the Warriors the answer early as to his physical condition. He was two off four from downtown and six of nine on two-point shots. When Luca has 18 points in the first quarter that spells big trouble. Dallas led after one 32-25.

The second quarter was a medley of terrible calls. The Warriors were concentrating on these lousy calls rather than being wrapped up in the game. Turnovers were numerous and the Mavericks capitalized on just about all to them.

The Mavericks led at the half 72-58. Luca finished the first half with 24 points and Jalen Brunson had a great start with 20 points. Doncic already had more points then he had in the entirety of game one.

The Warriors trailed by as much as 19 points in the first half and had cut into that deficit a bit by half time. Stephen Curry really heated up in the later minutes finishing with 20 points. Golden State would need a lot more in the second half from Klay Thompson who only had 6 points and Jordan Poole with seven points.

Golden State really cut into the Maverick’s lead in the third quarter trailing by five points with 2:12 left in the quarter 81-76. After three quarters the Mavericks saw their lead cut to two points 85-83.

The Warrior had held Brunson to three points and Doncic to four. It all hinged on the fourth quarter. Golden State had outscored Dallas in the third quarter 25-13.

In the fourth quarter the Warriors took their first lead in the game 86-85. With 2:25 Draymond Green fouled out of the game. Golden State led with 2:07 left in the game 119-112.

The Mavericks just could not get any stops in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter. Golden State had taken a 2-0 lead in the series.

The Warriors had 38 points in the paint in a brilliant second half. Kevon Looney had a career high with 21 points and 12 rebounds. “In the third quarter I was able to hold my own. Getting those stops is always a boost,” said Looney after the game.

When you win a game with Doncic scoring 42 points you know that you played with offensive and defensive excellence.

Curry had the team high with 32 points and off the bench it was a “Poole Party” with Jordan dropping in 23 points.

Despite the continued chants from the fans “refs you suck” the sucky refs were not able to deny the Warriors this win. It was horrible officiating in the game.

Golden State will now travel to Dallas to get a taste of the fans at American Airlines Center. They will be gunning for a 3-0 series lead. Tipoff is schedule for 6:00 PM.

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