Steph Curry dominates as Golden State complete stunning comeback to beat Dallas

Staff WritersAP
Dallas guard Jalen Brunson is defended by Golden State rival Stephen Curry in the Warriors' win.
Camera IconDallas guard Jalen Brunson is defended by Golden State rival Stephen Curry in the Warriors' win. Credit: AP

Golden State have moved within two wins of a return to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2019 after a nine-point win over Dallas.

The Warriors used one of their signature third-quarter flurries to rally past the Mavericks 126-117 on Friday night for a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.

Stephen Curry scored 32 points with six 3-pointers and eight rebounds while Kevon Looney had a career-high 21 points and 12 rebounds.

Luka Doncic and the Mavericks led most of the way before the Warriors took their first lead of the night on Otto Porter Jr.’s 3-pointer 18 seconds into the fourth. Porter’s three-point play with 7:21 remaining made it 100-92.

Doncic scored 18 of his 42 points in the first quarter - two points shy of his 20-point Game 1 total. His 3-pointer with 13 seconds before halftime put Dallas up 72-58 at the break and gave him 24 points.

Andrew Wiggins’ 3-pointer with 49 seconds left in the third got Golden State back within 83-81 only for Doncic to answer on a layup moments later.

But a 25-13 quarter for the Warriors pulled them to 85-83 going into fourth - a third quarter reminiscent of those that defined so many of their recent playoff runs.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry on Oct. 29, 2018, in Chicago. Curry had a brilliant response to a girl asking about ordering his signature sneakers in her size. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/TNS)
Camera IconGolden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry was too good for Dallas. Credit: Armando L. Sanchez/McClatchy Tribune

Doncic shot 12 for 23 and shined in a game of brilliant shotmaking - the Warriors finished 56.1 per cent from the floor.

In the first half alone, Dallas edged Golden State 52.3 per cent to 51.2 per cent, including a remarkable 55.6 per cent to 53.3 per cent from 3-point range.

The series shifts to Dallas for Game 3 on Sunday.

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