Mark Cuban owner and the Dallas Mavericks have filed a protest over an official’s ruling to allow the Golden State Warriors an inbound a ball in the third quarter where the Mavericks originally were to inbound the ball but that decision was changed during a time out. While the Mavericks lost the game it was noted that Golden State out hustled and out played Dallas and won by two points which Cuban and the Mavericks have filed a protest with the NBA over the inbound ruling. (photo by USA Today)
Kuminga Spearheads Warrior Win Over Dallas 127-125
By Barbara Mason
This current road trip has been a rough one although the Golden State Warriors (38-36) finally broke their losing streak beating the Houston Rockets Monday night 121-108. Wednesday night they faced a real challenge playing Luca Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks (36-37) at American Airlines Center to finish off this road trip. They took hold of that challenge to defeat the Mavericks for their second consecutive road win 127-126 in Dallas.
The Warriors got a solid start in a very close first quarter. The Mavericks had a 33-30 after the first 12 minutes. The Warriors had committed five turnovers in the opening quarter which accounted in part for the Dallas lead.
The Warriors made up the difference at the end of the first quarter and led at the half 65-63. The first half was engineered by Jonathan Kuminga off the bench shooting for the high score with 14 points and keeping the Warriors in this game.
The third quarter was a high-powered one with Golden State leading for most of it. The Warriors turnovers had become more infrequent and points in the paint were flowing. Golden State was shooting at 75% from the field in the third. They led after three quarters 96-93.
As the fourth quarter got underway, the question was, can the Warriors finish this game? This has been a problem in the past and with the end of season so close, this is another must win game for Golden State. The quarter was a back and forth affair with the Warriors leading by as much as eight points.
With 4:22 left in the game the score was tied at 115. This nail biter went down to the wire. With 08.5 left on the clock the Warriors had a 125-122 lead. Golden State had finally won a back to back road game for the first time this season.
Jonathan Kuminga was the high score for the team with 22 points off the bench. Jordan Poole also had a nice game with 16 points, some of them critical points in the fourth quarter. Stephen Curry pushed this game over the top in the final quarter finishing with 20 points. He had 13 assists mixing up his play-making in a great overall team effort.
Friday night the Warriors will be back at Chase to take on the Philadelphia 76ers. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM.