USA About: Warriors Publish: 05/25/2022 Edit: 05/25/2022 Author: Gardener
The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Golden State Warriors 119-109 in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals on Sunday to keep their streak alive, although the Warriors still lead 3-1. Wanting to avoid being completely embarrassed in the Western Conference Finals, the Dallas Mavericks played one of their best offensive games of the entire year against the Golden State Warriors Tuesday night in Game 4. Not only did Luka Doncic lead with 30 points, 14 rebounds and 9 assists, but the Mavericks also shot from deep from three-point range at 20:43 (46.5%). The question of all series has long revolved around the Mavericks' secondary talents and whether they could give Luka Doncic, Jalen Brunson and Spencer Dinwiddie the help they needed to beat Golden State, especially as those three combined for 86 points in Game 3, only to lose to the Warriors by nine points. Reggie Bullock, Dorian Finney-Smith and Maxi Kleber all made an appearance on Tuesday, giving Dallas exactly what they needed to win at least one game in this series. As for the Warriors, they could have done a lot better both offensively and defensively, but at the end of the day you have to applaud the Mavericks for their shooting. It may not sound difficult, but it's difficult to get 20 three-pointers in a single game as a team, and in the Western Conference Finals, which is no less eliminated, it was quite the answer for Dallas. The Warriors still lead that series 3-1 and return to San Francisco for Game 5 on Thursday, but could Game 4 be just what the Mavericks needed? After all, Dallas came from behind in the last two playoff series, so they definitely have the ability to win the next game against Golden State and suddenly make this series interesting. Dallas' three-point shooting had been held in check for most of that series through Game 4. With their backs to the wall and really nothing to lose, the Mavericks kept it flying from three-point range all game, and the basketball gods were with them on this one. With 20 of their 43 shots from deep, the Mavericks couldn't miss in that one from three-point range and in Game 4 they were +30 from deep. All day the skies opened up over Dallas and the US The city was on flood watch. Around the start of the second half of that game, play was quickly halted by officials and arena staff as there appeared to be a fairly decent sized leak near the Warriors bench that extended into the court itself. The start of the second half was delayed by almost 20 minutes as the roof leak was stopped and the arena crew mopped up the floor to make sure nobody got hurt. The Mavericks and the skies over Dallas rained Tuesday night and not only did we learn that this team lives and dies from the three-point shot, but also that Mavs owner Mark Cuban has some work to do on his arena's roof over the summer! We see "wedgies" all the time in basketball when the ball gets stuck between the rim and the back wall, but something you rarely see is the ball just stopping on the back of the rim and not moving an inch. One of the most unlikely things happened in Game 4 on Tuesday night when Draymond Green not only balanced the ball on the back of the rim but did the same on a free throw attempt! In the past we've seen this on some three point shots continuously hitting the back of the rim and layup attempts, but I think this is the first time I've seen the ball balanced on a free throw! The NBA never ceases to amaze, and Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals saw many people see something new for the first time when they watched basketball. At the end of the day, Game 4 of this Western Conference Finals series boils down to two things. The first is that Dallas had nothing to lose, and the second is that the Mavericks wanted to do whatever they could to not embarrass themselves in this Conference Finals series. Reaching either the Eastern or Western Conference Finals is a very difficult thing, especially in today's NBA, and while the Mavericks beat the Phoenix Suns to get here, none of that would have mattered if they were swept would be. Dallas is a really good basketball team and they have every right to be where they are in the postseason. Unfortunately, the Warriors are just a better team than them and will very likely end that streak in Game 5. Giving your fans one last thing to cherish and celebrate from this season means everything and winning Game 4 was just a proud thing for the Mavericks at that point. Of course there's a sense of conviction in this organization now and the coaching staff wholeheartedly believe their boys can come back to fight the Warriors, but based on the Mavericks' body language; Players in that game and the way they collapsed in the fourth quarter, it's clear to see that this was a one-and-done mentality for Dallas. Maybe I'm wrong and Dallas will shock the NBA world by winning Game 5, but at this point in the playoffs, experience and depth count. The Warriors have both, plus the best home field advantage in the playoffs with a berth in the NBA Finals on the Game 5 line. * 3 Things We Learned from the Heat-Celtics Eastern Conference Finals Game 4 On Monday: The Boston Celtics defeated the Miami Heat 102-82 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Monday to level that streak 2-2 and return to Miami for Game 5.
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