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NBA Playoffs: Dallas Mavericks with late comeback! Golden State Warriors are back in the finals

NBA Playoffs: Dallas Mavericks with late comeback!  Golden State Warriors are back in the finals
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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 tremble a little in the third quarter.

A 15-0 run by the visitors in the third quarter pushed the deficit back into single figures, but the Dubs caught themselves in the latter part and brought 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 on Friday night, the Warriors definitely have home advantage.

And the Dubs also used this against the Mavs. Klay Thompson caught fire 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, held off for a long time and only converted two of his seven three-pointers. Instead, it was primarily a round team presentation, with six players scoring double digits.

Andrew Wiggins (18, 7/16, 10 rebounds) again defended strongly against Doncic, Kevon Looney (10, 18 rebounds, 7 offensive) again posed 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) .

Dallas Mavericks season ends in Game 5

The Warriors got off to a dream start. The threes fell, Looney got offensive rebounds and the hosts forced turnovers. Dallas needed a few minutes but came into play after some time, even if Doncic missed a few things at ring (and didn’t get any calls). Curry limped a bit and appeared more as a passer (already 5 assists). Golden State still led 28-23, with Dinwiddie hitting two threes in the last 18 seconds for Dallas.

But then the avalanche followed, Thompson and Poole hit five jumpers in a row (17 points together), the shotmaking of the dubs was just incredible at this stage. That didn’t change when Doncic returned either. The Slovenian was cleared several times at the basket (2/12 FG at break), on the other side rookie Moses Moody Jumper hit with the clock running down. Dallas’ offense picked up speed again thanks to Dinwiddie, but no more stops were made. Already at the break it smelled like a blowout, although 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 got into the zone a few times. The lead grew to 25 points, but the Mavs smothered the burgeoning party atmosphere at the Chase Center with a few 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 section.

The Warriors had a quick response before Green was benched with five fouls. Dinwiddie drew three fouls in a row, but the Warriors got numerous second chances with Looney’s work on the board. That was particularly bitter with three minutes to go when Dallas pulled a stop 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, heralding garbage time.

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