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Warriors NBA roundup Luka Doncicled Mavs blow out

Warriors NBA roundup Luka Doncicled Mavs blow out

Kurtenbach: The Warriors' blowout loss to Mavs told us everything … Wed, 28 Apr 2021 06:00:00 -0700-Luka Doncic outscored Stephen Curry for the first time in five career head-to-heads and Dallas ran off a franchise-record 28 consecutive points bridging the first …

NBA roundup: Luka Doncic-led Mavs blow out Warriors

April 28, 2021

Luka Doncic outscored Stephen Curry for the first time in five career head-to-heads and Dallas ran off a franchise-record 28 consecutive points bridging the first and second quarters as the Mavericks pounded the Golden State Warriors 133-103 on Tuesday in San Francisco.

Doncic had a game-high 39 points and five other players scored in double figures for the Mavericks, who earned their fourth win in five games.

The blowout was Dallas’ third straight in the two-year history of San Francisco’s Chase Center. The Mavericks, who have never lost in the building, blitzed the Warriors by 20 and 27 points last season.

Curry, who scored 57 points the last time the teams met in Dallas in February, finished with a team-high 27. Mychal Mulder added 26 points for the Warriors, who had won their previous two games.

Nets 116, Raptors 103

Recent 10-day contract signee Mike James fueled a fourth-quarter rally, and a balanced effort helped Brooklyn clinch a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a victory over Toronto in Tampa.

Kevin Durant was one of seven Nets to score in double-figures with 17 points, and added a team-high 10 rebounds. Jeff Green paced Brooklyn with 22 points and Joe Harris added 16 points.

Kyle Lowry shot 6 of 9 from outside en route to a game-high 24 points for the Raptors, and OG Anunoby shot 3 of 5 behind the line to finish with 21 points. Toronto went just 15 of 43 as a team, however, and 36 of 91 from the floor overall.

Bucks 114, Hornets 104

Giannis Antetokounmpo compiled 29 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists as Milwaukee held off host Charlotte.

It marked the Bucks’ first win in three tries against the Hornets this season.

Brook Lopez provided 22 points and Khris Middleton finished with 17 points for the Bucks (38-23). Bryn Forbes tacked on 15 points in a reserve role, and Jrue Holiday ended up with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Trail Blazers 133, Pacers 112

Anfernee Simons’ 27 points on 9-of-10 shooting from 3-point range led a dominant effort by Portland during a win over Indiana.

The Blazers snapped a five-game losing streak as seven players scored in double figures, including Damian Lillard (23 points) and CJ McCollum (20).

The nine made triples were a career high for Simons and the scoring output was the second-highest ever for the Blazers’ 2018 first-round pick.

Thunder 119, Celtics 115

Luguentz Dort scored 24 points, Darius Bazley had 21 with 10 rebounds and Oklahoma City avoided a franchise-record 15-game losing streak with a victory over host Boston.

Ty Jerome and Isaiah Roby supplied 15 points apiece for the Thunder, who won for the first time since March 31 despite 27 turnovers.

Jaylen Brown had 39 points and 11 rebounds and Payton Pritchard added a career-high 28 points for the Celtics, who lost their third straight. Boston played without Jayson Tatum (ankle), Kemba Walker (oblique) and Robert Williams III (knee).

Timberwolves 114, Rockets 107

Karl-Anthony Towns recorded 31 points, seven rebounds and five assists before fouling out, and he led Minnesota to a victory over host Houston.

Juancho Hernangomez added 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting off the bench as Minnesota increased its winning streak to a season-best three games. The Timberwolves snapped a 14-game losing skid in Houston with its first road win in the series since Feb. 17, 2012.

Kelly Olynyk scored 28 points on 12-of-17 shooting and also had nine rebounds and five assists for NBA-worst Houston, which has lost five straight games, 10 of its past 11 and 37 of its last 41.

–Field Level Media

Luka Doncic outscored Stephen Curry for the first time in five career head-to-heads and Dallas ran off a franchise-record 28 consecutive points bridging the first and second quarters as the Mavericks pounded the Golden State Warriors 133-103 on Tuesday in San Francisco.

Doncic had a game-high 39 points and five other players scored in double figures for the Mavericks, who earned their fourth win in five games.

The blowout was Dallas’ third straight in the two-year history of San Francisco’s Chase Center. The Mavericks, who have never lost in the building, blitzed the Warriors by 20 and 27 points last season.

Curry, who scored 57 points the last time the teams met in Dallas in February, finished with a team-high 27. Mychal Mulder added 26 points for the Warriors, who had won their previous two games.

Nets 116, Raptors 103

Recent 10-day contract signee Mike James fueled a fourth-quarter rally, and a balanced effort helped Brooklyn clinch a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a victory over Toronto in Tampa.

Kevin Durant was one of seven Nets to score in double-figures with 17 points, and added a team-high 10 rebounds. Jeff Green paced Brooklyn with 22 points and Joe Harris added 16 points.

Kyle Lowry shot 6 of 9 from outside en route to a game-high 24 points for the Raptors, and OG Anunoby shot 3 of 5 behind the line to finish with 21 points. Toronto went just 15 of 43 as a team, however, and 36 of 91 from the floor overall.

Bucks 114, Hornets 104

Giannis Antetokounmpo compiled 29 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists as Milwaukee held off host Charlotte.

It marked the Bucks’ first win in three tries against the Hornets this season.

Brook Lopez provided 22 points and Khris Middleton finished with 17 points for the Bucks (38-23). Bryn Forbes tacked on 15 points in a reserve role, and Jrue Holiday ended up with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Trail Blazers 133, Pacers 112

Anfernee Simons’ 27 points on 9-of-10 shooting from 3-point range led a dominant effort by Portland during a win over Indiana.

The Blazers snapped a five-game losing streak as seven players scored in double figures, including Damian Lillard (23 points) and CJ McCollum (20).

The nine made triples were a career high for Simons and the scoring output was the second-highest ever for the Blazers’ 2018 first-round pick.

Thunder 119, Celtics 115

Luguentz Dort scored 24 points, Darius Bazley had 21 with 10 rebounds and Oklahoma City avoided a franchise-record 15-game losing streak with a victory over host Boston.

Ty Jerome and Isaiah Roby supplied 15 points apiece for the Thunder, who won for the first time since March 31 despite 27 turnovers.

Jaylen Brown had 39 points and 11 rebounds and Payton Pritchard added a career-high 28 points for the Celtics, who lost their third straight. Boston played without Jayson Tatum (ankle), Kemba Walker (oblique) and Robert Williams III (knee).

Timberwolves 114, Rockets 107

Karl-Anthony Towns recorded 31 points, seven rebounds and five assists before fouling out, and he led Minnesota to a victory over host Houston.

Juancho Hernangomez added 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting off the bench as Minnesota increased its winning streak to a season-best three games. The Timberwolves snapped a 14-game losing skid in Houston with its first road win in the series since Feb. 17, 2012.

Kelly Olynyk scored 28 points on 12-of-17 shooting and also had nine rebounds and five assists for NBA-worst Houston, which has lost five straight games, 10 of its past 11 and 37 of its last 41.

–Field Level Media


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Kurtenbach: The Warriors’ blowout loss to Mavs told us everything we need to know about them

April 28, 2021

In their biggest game of the season, the Warriors sent a message to the rest of the NBA.

“Don’t worry about us.”

The Warriors might be feisty and have one of the best players in the history of the NBA at the peak of his powers, but their performance against the Dallas Mavericks Tuesday spoke volumes about the team’s sloppiness, inexperience, and lack of depth.

Even if this squad were to advance out of the NBA’s play-in tournament in May, they would likely not be long for the real playoffs.

And make no mistake about it, after Tuesday’s blowout loss to Dallas, the Warriors will be in the play-in tournament.

I don’t think it’s smart to bet against the duo of Steph Curry and Draymond Green, but it’d be even more ridiculous to believe in a team that needs Andrew Wiggins, Kelly Oubre, and Jordan Poole to play big roles in big moments.

And while the Warriors did a great job over the last few weeks playing some fun, entertaining, and winning basketball, with Curry’s incredible play leading the way, their smallball novelty and Cury’s greatness only covered up the glaring holes that we had seen with this team for the majority of the season.

The Mavericks weren’t impressed by the Warriors’ newfound pace-and-space attack. They had seen enough tape to know how best to break it down.

The Mavericks aren’t a good defensive team, but they forced the ball into Green’s hands time and time again in the early goings of Tuesday’s game and then opted to not defend him on the perimeter.

They dared Green, who had an effective field-goal percentage of 46 percent going into the game, to shoot.

He only did so once, instead opting to pass to players who weren’t open and are not viable options to create their own shots one-on-one.

It was a predictable and futile offensive attack, and that, punctuated with weak defensive efforts and a steady stream of turnovers, birthed an impressive egg.

Tuesday night was prime time for the Warriors, but Curry’s teammates were not prime-time players Tuesday. What reason is there to believe that will change in other big games?

The game against the Mavericks was a quasi-playoff game. Had the Warriors won, they would have been in striking distance — two games — of the Mavericks for the final “real” playoff spot with 10 games remaining this season.

“All these games against the teams near us in the standings… are really key. Tonight, if we were to win tonight, then I think we would have a realistic shot at catching Dallas [the No. 6 seed]. It makes it a big game,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said before the game.

And that’s what made Golden State’s dud of a performance so baffling.

Not only were the Warriors out-schemed Tuesday, they also came out flat and uninspired, despite the fact that they were rested and their opponents lost in Sacramento Monday night.

“I’m the head coach and I did not have them ready to play the biggest game of the year… it was over before it started,” Kerr said. “Tonight was kind of like a playoff game… [Dallas] came out like it was a playoff game. We came out like it was an exhibition game. Very disappointing.”

There’s only one excuse for the Warriors’ performance Tuesday:

No one should have expected better.

Yes, the Warriors have played some good games as of late, but now that teams have gotten a good look at their new lineups and style, the Dubs need to find another gear.

Considering how hard it was for them to find that singular look in the first place, I’m doubting that they’ll find that new look in the final 10 games.

Now, the Warriors’ season isn’t over — they still have plenty to play for — but Tuesday’s loss might be the defining contest of the season.

This is still a team that can score in bunches and match up well with most teams around the league. They’re not scrubs.

The Warriors might even make someone’s life hell in the first round of the playoffs.

But ultimately, this is a team that effectively has one trick, and if you give an opponent a seven-game series, they’ll figure out how to stop it.

And what will that leave the Warriors with?

A game like Tuesday’s — another blowout loss in a season punctuated by them.


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– April 28, 2021