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Mavericks obliterate Warriors in third quarter, win 141-121

Dallas outscored the Dubs 45-24 in the third quarter and snapped the Warriors’ four game win streak.

Dallas Mavericks v Golden State Warriors Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images

The Dallas Mavericks overcame a hot shooting first half from the Golden State Warriors to win the Saturday evening contest, 141-121.

Luka Doncic led Dallas with 31 point, 12 rebound, 15 assist triple-double. D’Angelo Russell scored 35 points of his own, but missed some time after being knocked down in the third quarter. The Warriors fought hard early, but didn’t have the gas to keep up as they played on the second night of a back-to-back.

Also, the Mavs are pretty damned good.

First Half

Russell scored 18 points in the first frame, part of Golden State’s 41-point scoring barrage in the initial quarter.

The Dubs hit a franchise record 9 three-pointers in the first, but all of the scoring pyrotechnics did nothing to gain separation from the visitors, as the Mavericks scored 41 points of their own.

The second quarter continued as a high-speed shootout, and things got a little chippy. Draymond Green and Kristaps Porzingis spent the better half of the period barking at each other, while Golden State’s furious trapping on Doncic began to fluster the Mavericks.

Russell finished the half with 30 points on 11-of-15 shooting (8-of-11 from beyond the arc). Doncic fired back with 25 points. 8 rebounds, and 7 assists. The Warriors outshot the Mavs from the field 60% to 54%, and forced Dallas into 8 turnovers.

Warriors 74, Mavericks 72

Second Half

The Mavericks defensive intensity cranked up in the third, ripping off a 12-0 run midway through the third quarter that shellshocked Golden State. During that run, Russell crashed into Doncic chasing a loose ball and laid motionless on the floor for several minutes. He was able to eventually wobble off the court on his own power, but the Dallas momentum grew too strong at that point.

The Mavericks outscored the Dubs 45-24 in the third period.

Russell thankfully returned in the fourth quarter, but the Mavericks had already fully seized control of the contest.

The Mavs finished the contest shooting 52 percent and nailed 24-of-51 shots from three-point range (48%). Golden State shot 48% from the field, and an impressive 18-of-39 from beyond the arc.

This loss concluded an otherwise awesome homestand from the Dubs, who went 4-1 in their holiday stretch in Chase Center. They now head to San Antonio for a New Years Eve game that will conclude their 2019 year.

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