For the final game of the Las Vegas Summer League first round, both the Golden State Warriors and the Dallas Mavericks took their foot off the gas. The Warriors played without their starting frontcourt of Jordan Bell and Damian Jones, as both players sat with minor injuries. The Mavs - already without this year’s lottery pick, Luka Dončić - decided to give the night off to last year’s lottery pick, Dennis Smith Jr.
So the game was lacking a little bit of star power from the onset. And it as a little sloppy to match, especially on the Warriors side of things. The Mavs jumped out to a 12-point lead in the first quarter, as the Warriors struggled to contain the Dallas offense. Golden State trailed 29-21 after one.
Still, it wasn’t devoid of some great plays.
The second quarter saw the Warriors start to play strong defense, as they held the Mavs to only 10 points. Unfortunately, they only scored 10 points as well, so no progress was made, and both teams went into halftime looking a bit lethargic.
But the Warriors came out of the break with some energy, and quickly started to put some points on the board. But the Mavericks quickly matched the energy and started to get some separation, and Golden State started looking lost and a little uninterested. The Warriors standard third quarter magic was nowhere to be found, and the Mavs took a 76-52 lead into the fourth quarter.
And the fourth quarter came and went uneventfully. The Warriors closed the gap but were never able to make it competitive. Ultimately they lost 91-71.
For the Warriors, first-round pick Jacob Evans once again struggled to score, but showed some strong signs with his off-ball movement and his defense. Undrafted rookies Kendrick Nunn and Marcus Derrickson continued to make their cases for two-way contracts, with scrappy play, strong defense, even though their shots weren’t always falling. Also coming up big for the Warriors were Josh Magette, and JP Tokoto.