In a matchup between two of the NBA's top leading scorers, the Dallas Mavericks were able to pull away with the close win, with Luka Doncic scoring 41 points to pull away late Tuesday night.
In a rematch from the Western Conference Finals from last season, Luka Doncic did not disappoint, scoring 41 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 assists, shooting 51.9 percent from the field and 44.4 percent from three. In the final play of the game for the Golden State Warriors down three after Dorian Finey-Smith missed the second free throw the play before; they were able to execute great inbound play out of the timeout to get Klay Thompson open for a wing three that didn't fall and gave the Mavericks the win at home.
The Warriors were led by Stephen Curry, who continues to play fantastic this season, keeping this Warriors offense afloat, scoring 32 points with five rebounds and five assists. Klay Thompson, who took that final shot of the night, struggled throughout the game, shooting 2-9 from the field and 1-6 from three, only scoring five points in 31 minutes of play tonight.
The Mavericks were able to hold the Warriors to 25.6 percent shooting from three. The other Warriors players outside of Stephen Curry struggled this game which has been the story of this team for the season, falling to 11-11 on the season and sit four games out of the top spot in the west at the tenth seed.
On the bright side for the Warriors, Jonathan Kuminga in a more prominent role with the starters struggling scored 14 points in 26 minutes off the bench and shot 75 percent from the field.
The Mavericks desperately needed this win falling into a slump as of late. This breaks their four-game losing streak and puts them one spot ahead of the Warriors at 10-10 on the year. This is Luka Doncic's 5th triple-double and 3rd 40 point triple-double just this season.
This is a big home win for the Western Conference runner-up from last year, and if the role players for the Mavericks can step up, they have a chance to make some noise this season like we thought they would heading into the year.