The Dallas Mavericks threw the first punch in Game 2, and they looked to be in control on Friday night before a disastrous third quarter let the Golden State Warriors back into the game and ultimately propelled them to a 126-117 victory. Golden State held Dallas to just 13 points on five of 19 shooting in the third as they stole the momentum at the Chase Center.
Luka Doncic got off to a fast start in Game 2 as he went for 18 points in the first quarter to push the Mavs in front. The 23-year-old superstar had Dallas ready, but they could not stop the Warriors in the second half.
Dallas was up by 17 in the second half before allowing Golden State to take over the game. The Mavericks' offense cratered over the 24 minutes as they could not buy a bucket for long stretches, and they could not get a stop after finding their groove in the fourth quarter. It was a heartbreaking and disappointing loss, but what can they take away from Game 2 against the Warriors?
3 takeaways from Dallas Mavericks Western Conference Finals to Game 2 loss to Warriors
Dallas played well in the first half, but they could not close the show. The Warriors overcame a 19-point deficit to win Game 2 and push them out to a 2-0 advantage in the series.
It was far from the perfect contest for Golden State. Draymond Green dealt with foul trouble, and Klay Thompson had just 15 points in the Warriors' victory.
Dallas Mavericks fans were heartbroken after letting Game 2 of their Western Conference Finals series slip away. Luka and company are not going to quit, but the series is all Warriors so far. What can Dallas do to improve their performance moving forward?