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Luka Doncic vs. Stephen Curry matchup highlights Mavs-Warriors playoff series
Dallas Mavericks at Golden State Warriors
- The Mavs and Warriors are meeting for just the second time in playoff history, with the first meeting being when the No. 8 seeded Warriors knocked off a 67-win Dallas team in six games in 2007. Golden State has now been to the Western Conference Finals in six of the past eight seasons, reaching the NBA Finals in all six of those appearances.
- The Mavericks have knocked down 15+ three-pointers in nine games this postseason, which is the second most such games in NBA playoff history behind the Jazz last season (10).
- Luka Doncic (23 playoff games) is 10 assists away from reaching 750+ points, 200+ rebounds, and 200+ assists in his playoff career. With 10 assists in Game 1, he would be the fastest player to reach those milestones in playoff history, passing Oscar Robertson (25).
- In their closeout win against the Grizzlies, Golden State became the first team in NBA history to have 70+ rebounds and 20+ made threes in the same game (regular season or playoffs).
- Klay Thompson has now made at least eight three-pointers in four playoff games in his career, tying Ray Allen, Stephen Curry, and Damian Lillard for the most such games in NBA postseason history.
- Spencer Dinwiddie (30 points) and Luka Doncic (35 points) are the first teammates to each score 30 or more points in a Game 7 since Kobe Bryant (30) and Shaquille O'Neal (35) did so in Game 7 of the 2002 Western Conference Finals.
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Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks will be looking to continue their regular-season mastery of Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors when the Western Conference finals tip off Wednesday night in San Francisco.
Only one game separated the teams in the regular season, and it's because of the Warriors' 53-52 edge in wins -- rather than the Mavericks' 3-1 triumph in the season series -- that Golden State has earned the home-court advantage in the best-of-seven.
The disparity in win totals is a far cry from the last time the clubs faced each other in the playoffs. That historic event 15 years ago saw the eighth-seeded Warriors, who won 25 fewer games than the Mavericks, shock top-seeded Dallas in six games in what has become known in San Francisco as the "We Believe" series.
The Warriors won all three of their home games in that series, and home court could be critical this time as well, with Golden State yet to lose in six games on its home floor this postseason.
The Mavericks have won five straight at home after a series-opening loss to Utah.
Both teams upset better-seeded opponents to arrive at just their second-ever meeting in the postseason. Fourth-seeded Dallas took out Phoenix, the Western Conference regular-season champ, in seven games, while third-seeded Golden State disposed of No. 2 Memphis in six games.
Doncic, who averaged 32.6 points in the series against Phoenix, outscored Curry in all four regular-season head-to-heads this season. In fact, their personal duel wasn't close, with the Dallas star running up 26-14, 25-18, 34-27 and 41-21 scoring advantages.
The Mavericks didn't see the Warriors at their best, with Draymond Green missing the last three meetings and Klay Thompson missing two of the first three.
Then again, the Warriors saw the Mavericks only twice after Dallas' headline-grabbing trade of Kristaps Porzingis at midseason, with newcomer Spencer Dinwiddie leading the Mavericks to wins in the last two meetings with a total of 41 points.
Based on their history of having made the Western Conference finals six times in the past eight seasons and owning the home-court advantage, the Warriors go into the series as the favorite, even with coach Steve Kerr warning them not to think that way.
"Every opponent at this stage is going to pose a huge threat because only the best teams are left," said Kerr, who missed the last three games of the Memphis series with COVID. He has been cleared for the start of this series.
"It's all about figuring it out," he continued, "and I thought our team and our staff did a really good job over the course of Games 4, 5 and 6 (against Memphis) of making that adjustment to the way the series had shifted and kind of finding a way to get through."
The Warriors have had two extra days of rest, having wrapped up their second-round series on Friday while the Mavericks were going the distance to a Game 7 in Phoenix on Sunday.
Doncic appeared to pull from Warriors-Mavericks history when gushing over the elimination of the Suns, declaring: "We came here with a statement in Game 7. We believed. So I'm just happy."
Both teams will be without one of their most famous names, with the Mavericks having lost Tim Hardaway Jr. for the season to a broken foot, while the Warriors likely will remain without Gary Payton II, who fractured his left elbow in Game 1 against the Grizzlies.
Golden State expects to have veteran Otto Porter Jr. (sore foot) back for Game 1, but awaits a re-evaluation of Andre Iguodala's neck injury on Thursday before projecting his potential entry into the series.
--Field Level Media
Updated May 18, 2022