Luka Doncic exploded for a game-high 41 points and the host Dallas Mavericks, after needing a rally to beat the Golden State Warriors four days earlier, held onto their own advantage this time for a 122-113 win in a rematch Thursday night, March 3 (Friday, March 4, Manila time).
In outscoring rival Stephen Curry for the fifth straight time in their head-to-head matchups, Doncic went for 40 or more points for the sixth time this season, helping the Mavericks win a third straight and ninth time in their last 11 outings.
Attempting to avenge a 107-101 home loss to the Mavericks last Sunday in a game in which they blew a 19-point, fourth-quarter lead, Jordan Poole had a team-high 23 points and Curry 21 for the Warriors, who lost a third in a row for the first time this season.
After the Mavericks hit 11 of their 18 three-point attempts in building a 14-point halftime advantage, the Warriors rallied down 102-93 into a 104-all tie behind a pair of triples by rookie Moses Moody.
The 19-year-old, who hadn’t scored in the first three quarters, had 13 in the final period alone.
But Spencer Dinwiddie broke the tie with a driving floater with 6:06 remaining and the Mavericks never let the Warriors catch up again, completing the home-and-home sweep and taking the season series 3-1.
Doncic shot 15-for-26 overall and 4-for-10 on three-pointers for the Mavericks, who made 17 of their 37 three-point attempts to more than offset a 15-for-30 night by Golden State.
Dorian Finney-Smith and Reggie Bullock also hit four three-pointers apiece en route to 18 and 14 points, respectively, for Dallas, while Dinwiddie scored 17, Jalen Brunson had 14 points, and Dwight Powell scored 13.
Doncic completed a double-double with a game-high 10 rebounds, and missed a triple-double by one assist.
Leaving a recent slump in the rear-view mirror, Poole shot 8-for-12 overall and 3-for-6 on threes for his team-high point total.
On a night when he also found time for 9 assists, Curry made four of his five three-point attempts, while Moody’s late flurry featured 3-for-3 shooting from beyond the arc.
Andrew Wiggins finished with 17 points and Klay Thompson, returning from an illness, had 16 for the Warriors, who have opened a four-game trip with losses at Minnesota and Dallas.
Kevon Looney led Warriors rebounders with 9, while scoring 8 points. – Rappler.com