The Golden State Warriors defeated the Dallas Mavericks 126-117 to score 19 points in the Western Conference playoff final to win 2-0.
Steph Curry was the top scorer with 32 points and six Golden State players were in double digits.
Luka Doncic is the Mavericks’ highest scorer in a game of 42.
Warriors manager Steve Kerr said: “I told them the game would come to us once we got some balance in the second half.
The Mavericks lead 19 points from 1 during the first half and lead 72-58 in break time on California roads.
The away team made 15 of their 21 3 pointers in the first half but only made 6 in the second half.
After beating their rivals 19-6 at the end of the third quarter, the Warriors took the lead in the first half of the fourth quarter and won the match scored by Kevon Rooney. Career-high 21 points.
“I thought we were too scattered throughout, probably more emotionally than anything. Dallas came out and hit us,” Kerr said.
“We just had to get in shape and control the game. We were sure that that way they wouldn’t make 15 three-pointers in the second half. And if they do, I thought you should pat them on the back.”
The Dallas Mavericks lost 2-0 to the Phoenix Suns in the final round of the playoffs and won 4-3 in a best-of-seven series and coach Jason Kidd hopes his team can learn a lesson from their recent defeat. Another comeback.
“You have to understand that if we shoot three or four triples in a row and miss, we have to get to the rim and put the ball into the paint,” Kidd said.
“Yeah. They got the serve. We saw this in Phoenix, so now we have to go back and focus on the third game, understand what’s at stake and prepare for the third game.”
Game 3 of the best-of-seven series is on Sunday (01:30 BST Monday) in Dallas.
The Boston Celtics and Miami Heat tie 1-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals and play the third game of the series on Saturday (01:30 BST Sunday).