Curry’s double-double leads the Warriors to beat the Mavericks in the series opener | CBC Sports

Stephen Curry had 21 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, Golden State’s defense held off Luka Doncic and the Warriors beat the Dallas Mavericks 112-87 on Wednesday to take a 1-0 lead in the Finals. of the Western Conference.

Doncic scored 20 points but shot just 6-for-18 and 3-for-10 from deep. He made back-to-back 3-pointers late in the first half to put his team up 54-45 at halftime, but Curry and Klay Thompson helped the Warriors pull away in the second half.

Jalen Brunson scored 14 points but missed all five of his 3-pointers for the surprising Mavs, who stunned the top-seeded Suns with a 123-90 rout in Game 7 on Sunday at Phoenix.

Game 2 in the best-of-seven series is Friday night at the Chase Center, where the raucous crowd dressed in yellow brought back memories of that 2007 Warriors “We Believe” playoff team that stunned the Mavericks, No. 1 seed in a six-game first-round upset at Oracle Arena.

That helped propel Golden State back to prominence. The Warriors reached five consecutive NBA Finals between 2015 and 2019, but missed the playoffs in the last two years before this streak. Now, they are one victory closer to getting back on the big stage.

Andrew Wiggins added 19 points, getting Golden State going by converting six of his first eight shots en route to shooting 8 of 17.

Doncic took a scratch to the face early from a hit by Wiggins in the first quarter. The mark ran from the bridge of his nose across his right cheek below his eye. Donic also pulled on his troublesome right shoulder that has been taped up previously during these playoffs.

Stopping Doncic is the tall order this time around after the Warriors already handled two-time reigning MVP Nikola Jokic in the first round, then Ja Morant early in the last series before his knee injury.

Curry hit two quick 3-pointers to generate a 10-2 run to start the third for a Golden State team that eliminated Memphis in a six-game semifinal series. Thompson scored all of his 15 points after halftime, his first of the game on a layup at 10:22 of the third after missing his first four shots.

Curry, last season’s scoring champion, missed his first five 3-point attempts, four in the first, before connecting with 50 seconds left in the first half when he was 1-for-7. But he got involved in other ways by dishing out four assists. and grabbing seven rebounds in the first half.

Kevon Looney remained in Steve Kerr’s starting lineup when the coach returned to the bench after missing the last three games against Memphis with COVID-19.

Looney finished with 10 points, five rebounds and four assists after starting the Game 6 decider against the Grizzlies.

Coach Jason Kidd’s Mavericks couldn’t keep up in a drastic contrast in styles with the slow-paced attack of Dallas and the fast-paced Warriors.

“We’d like to play at our pace, but the Warriors have a unique pace, they’re going to come out and put a lot of pressure on your defense in transition,” Kidd said. “We have to be careful with that. We don’t want a track meet.”

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