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.
Russell scored 18 points in the first frame, part of Golden State’s 41-point scoring barrage in the initial quarter.
D-Lo just showing off right now pic.twitter.com/EayXMWA6ze— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) December 29, 2019
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.
Oh, by the way, Doncic's first quarter: 15 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists.— Brad Townsend (@townbrad) December 29, 2019
He played all 12 minutes, so expect him to sit for a spell now.
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.
Draymond talking to Porzingis after locking him up pic.twitter.com/K5ag1ZzbsY— Chris Montano (@gswchris) December 29, 2019
It should also be noted that Klay was at the end of the bench yelling at Porzingis after he committed a hard foul on Robinson that both Klay and Draymond thought was too close to Robinson's head. This game has an extra edge tonight.— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) December 29, 2019
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 at half vs DAL:— Joe Viray (@JoeViray90) December 29, 2019
Warriors shooting splits: .604/.565/.600
Mavs shooting splits: .543/.577/1.000
Warriors are keeping up with the best offense in the league.
Warriors 74, Mavericks 72
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.
D'Angelo Russell gets up and walks to the locker room after being down for several minutes. So great to see pic.twitter.com/yPeUGjnOKB— Chris Montano (@gswchris) December 29, 2019
With this assist, Luka Doncic just recorded his 9th triple-double of the season. That ties Jason Kidd for the most triple-doubles in a single season in Mavs franchise history.— SportsDay Mavs (@dmn_mavericks) December 29, 2019
Luka Doncic is 20 years old. #MFFL
(via @dallasmavs) pic.twitter.com/HBMP87t6BJ
Quese and Doncic get into a little scuffle.— TheWarriorsTalk (@TheWarriorsTalk) December 29, 2019
Peep Dray at the very end
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.