The Golden State Warriors played the Dallas Mavericks for their second time in 3 games, hosting them last Sunday with a road trip to Minnesota (what ended up being a road loss) separating the two games.
Sadly, the result was the same. Their loss Sunday might not have been too historic, but it felt that way as Golden State saw their 19-point second-half lead erased. They lost the 4th quarter by 20, 33-13.
The Golden State Warriors neared a road comeback against the Dallas Mavericks but couldn’t finish off what would’ve been a big-time revenge victory.
Golden State looked to get some revenge for that embarrassing home loss. It doesn’t make anything easier knowing that the Warriors have been the second-best home team in the NBA this season.
They were humiliated, going several long stints in the fourth without scoring. The Warriors entered the fourth quarter last night down 8. While not quite the same, they had a chance to give the Mavs fans a taste of their own pain.
The opportunity was right in front of them as a streak almost singlehandedly by Moses Moody had the Golden State knocking on the door.
They ended up losing by 9, outscored by 1 in the last period. But, the opportunity was there for the taking as the game was knotted up at 104. The Warriors eventually lost 122-113 as this time it was their defense that opted to take the last half of a quarter off.
The Warriors league-best defense was ranked 16th in February and continues to struggle without four-time All-Star forward Draymond Green. Green has been out since January 6, having now lost 6 of their last 8.
As for last night, it was the Luka Doncic show as he ended with 41 points on 15-for-26 shooting.
All five Mavericks starters ended in double figures. The Warriors had 6 more turnovers and allowed the Mavs to shoot 53% from the field. Those are the two main factors that aided their third straight loss.
Golden State will be heading to Los Angeles to play the Lakers, a game that should be a bit easier than taking on the Mavs or Wolves on Saturday. However, the sad truth is we may not see the dominant Warriors return until Green does.