DALLAS – The Warriors were looking to take a win in the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday night. Instead, Dallas rained on the night of the Golden State—literally and figuratively.
The Mavericks smashed from deep to lead the Warriors 119-109 as Dallas lasts at least two days.
Dallas beat Golden State in their own game, firing 20 of their 43 shots beyond the arc at a 46.5% clip. Reggie Bullock and Dorian Finney-Smith led the attack from 3-point range, making six and four triples, respectively, when the Mavericks were plagued by shoddy perimeter shooting this series.
But it wasn’t the only rain from the Mavericks in Dallas.
A strong thunderstorm in the area caused several leaks in the roof, one of which caused a mixture of liquid and debris on the court near the Warriors bench before the second half, resulting in a 16-minute delay.
After the break, the Mavericks opened the second half to take a 10-3 lead to lead 22. And the losses widened from there, with Golden State trailing by 29 points in the third quarter.
Coach Steve Kerr started for the fourth quarter, but the reserve showed signs of life in the fourth quarter, extending Dallas’ lead to single digits at one point. Jonathan Cuminga and Moses Moody, both 19, led the push, scoring a combined 18 points to force Kerr to pull starters back into the stretch.
Ultimately, this was not enough.
Kuminga, who picked up Otto Porter Jr.’s rotation minutes as a Warriors forward, missed Tuesday’s game with a leg injury, finishing with a playoff career-high of 17 points and eight rebounds. Moody’s had 10 points.
Curry led the team with 20 points, five rebounds and eight assists. Andrew Wiggins added 13 points and five rebounds, and Green had 10 points, six rebounds and six assists.
Donik led all scorers with 30 points.
The Warriors are now 0-3 in their first opportunity to close the series after this season. Still, Golden State remains on the doorstep of the NBA Finals after a two-year absence from the playoffs.
The Warriors have a 3-1 lead as the best-of-seven series heads back to San Francisco for Game 5 on Thursday. Golden State are a perfect 8-0 at the Chase Center after this season.