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Mavericks avoid late scare from Warriors, win Game 4 of the WCF

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Mavericks avoid late scare from Warriors, win Game 4 of the WCF

DALLAS (Diya TV) — The Dallas Mavericks had their backs against the wall and showed life as they defeated the Golden State Warriors 119-109 in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals, bringing the series back to San Francisco for Game 5. The first quarter saw the Warriors keep it close as they only trailed by 4. However, big second and third quarters from the Dallas offense helped separate themselves until the Warriors reserves brought the game back from a nearly 30 point margin to single digits.

Just like the past two performances, Mavericks star Luka Doncic put forth a stellar performance to keep his team in the game, putting up a double-double and nearly a triple-double. The scoring from his supporting cast also helped guide the Mavericks to a victory. A solid distribution of scoring among the starters (Dorian Finney-Smith, Reggie Bullock, Jalen Brunson) as well as a good performance off the bench from Maxi Kleber erased the Warriors’ hopes of a four game sweep.

On the other side, the Warriors are looking to bounce back in Game 5. The starters did not have a night to remember. However, the reserves came through in the fourth quarter as they were the driving force behind the Warriors cutting down a huge deficit. 2021 7th overall pick Jonathan Kuminga showed promise as he has all regular season after filling in for Otto Porter Jr. nicely. The Warriors will hope that the momentum from the late game reserve run can help them as they return to their crowd in Chase Center in two days’ time.

Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals will tip-off at 6 PM PT/9 PM ET on May 26th. The game will be broadcast on TNT as with every game in this series. The Mavs have a tall task ahead of them as they will look to comeback from a 3-0 deficit, a feat yet to be accomplished in by any NBA team in the playoffs. The Warriors will have their eyes set on ending the series and advancing to their 6th NBA Finals in 8 years.

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Warriors win Game 5 at home, now just one game away from the title

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) —The Golden State Warriors are just one win away from their fourth title in eight years. The Dubs returned home and overpowered the Boston Celtics 104-94 to take a 3-2 series lead, even though Stephen Curry only scored 16. Infact, Curry did not make a single three, a first in the last 3.5 years. Andrew Wiggins on the other hand matched Tatum while scoring a team-high 26 points and added 13 rebounds, including the dagger dunk to finish off Boston. 

Draymond Green saw glimpses of a turnaround game as he was very close to a triple double before fouling out for the 3rd time in this series. Klay Thompson made a great contribution on the offensive end with 21 points, on the third anniversary of his horrific injury in the finals against the Cavaliers in 2019 . The Warriors trio of Curry, Thompson and Green were able to cement themselves even further with their 20th Finals win together, the most of any trio over the past 30 years.

The Celtics saw franchise star Jayson Tatum have a better game scoring wise than the last game with a team-high 27 points. But while Tatum showed up for game 5, Jaylen Brown did not. When both of those players are on at the same time, the Celtics can light it up. However, there has been inconsistency from both throughout the Finals. The C’s will need both guys to be on for them to fend off the Dubs and force a Game 7.

The Warriors can close out the series and add a 7th ring to their collection with a win on Thursday in the hostile environment of TD Garden. A collective team effort would do the trick as in Game 4, Curry shouldered the load while the rest of his supporting cast did the same for him. The Celtics will look to put forth their best effort of the season in a final effort to keep their season alive. It could very well come down to if both Tatum and Brown can prove they can be a dynamic duo on the biggest stage.

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Warriors seal Game 4 victory with an epic Steph Curry performance, tie series 2-2

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BOSTON (Diya TV) — The Warriors, seal Game 4 victory with a vintage Stephen Curry performance, evened up the NBA Finals in an absolute thriller, winning 107-97.

The start of the game saw both teams match each other pound for pound with Boston ultimately taking the first quarter by a single point. There were notions before the game about Curry having a foot sprain, but he quickly laid those doubts to rest. He began to heat up in the first quarter (and talked some trash along the way). Conversely, Draymond Green continued his finals performance with more fouls than points. Robert Williams III showed off his skills as a rim protector on defense, which was a missing piece for the Celtics up until the point of Williams’ return. In the first half, Curry and Jayson Tatum battled against each other in classic star matchup fashion with Curry scoring 19 and Tatum going for 16. Tatum was money from beyond the arc (made 3 out of his 4 three-point attempts), just like he’s been all Finals as he’s been shooting 48% on 3’s.

The officiating in the first half was questionable, especially in the second quarter when Payton Pritchard clearly traveled and yet a foul was called instead. This set off Warriors HC Steve Kerr and his temper led to him getting a technical foul. For a non-call to be that egregious and then to double down by giving Kerr the technical foul is asinine and something that certainly sparked controversy. Attention was also brought to the Celtics free throw attempts versus the Warriors (15 and 5 respectively) even with both teams attacking the basket often. Despite this disparity, the Warriors were able to keep it within 5 at the end of the half.

More Curry magic continued in the second half with him carrying the team on his back, in essence. 43 points highlight the stat line but when watching the game, it was clear as day that he was really the only dependable source of scoring throughout the ballgame for the Dubs. With 7 threes made tonight, we saw the greatest shooter in league history go to work and will his team to victory. In the biggest stage of basketball, Curry made his mark once again.

The Celtics now face a daunting Game 5 heading to San Francisco. Winning both games on their home court would have all but sealed a championship for them. But now, the door has not only creaked, but swung wide open. The #1 defense in the NBA will gameplan to try and find answers for Curry. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown will be facing a challenging environment in Chase Center, but one they are familiar with. 

Meanwhile, the Warriors will look to capitalize off the momentum and adrenaline this win has given them. Off the heels of a classic performance, Curry will try to carry on his titanium-strong Finals MVP case. Draymond Green, coming back to friendly faces in San Francisco, will try to turn around an awful stretch. This series is shaping up to be a dramatic one with both teams trading blows. Game 5 should deliver more popcorn-worthy entertainment, especially if Stephen Curry is involved.

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