NBA: Stephen Curry helps Golden State Warriors win opener against Dallas Mavericks
The Golden State Warriors defeated the Dallas Mavericks 112-87 in their last opening game in the West, with Stephen Curry leading with 21 points.
The Warriors defeated Dallas star Luka Doncic by 20 points, his lowest score in the playoffs.
“We did what we had to do – defend at home and win the first game,” Carrie said, with a record of 12 rebounds.
“We have a clear game plan that we start and implement most of the time.”
Andrew Wiggins’ 19 points for the Warriors also helped limit Doncic’s impact.
“Wigs is great,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “It’s hard to keep Doncic in that position in the league.”
“We asked Wigs to catch him, stand in front of him and put pressure on him. He did a great job.”
Doncic averaged 29 points in the playoff series against the Utah Jazz and 32.6 in the semifinal victory over the Phoenix Suns.
“They did a great job,” Doncic said of the Warriors.
“Of course, we can do better. We looked really good in the first quarter. Also, in the second quarter. But not in the second half.”
The next game in the Big Seven series is on Friday (2:00 GMT Saturday). Also, it is the Warriors returning to their home base in San Francisco.
The Miami Heat lead the Boston Celtics 1-0 (Jimmy Butler’s 41-point victory helped the Miami Heat beat the Boston Celtics 118-107 in the East Open).
With 8 points in the first half, the Heat led 76-64, scoring 22 points throughout the game, and only 2 points in the third quarter.
“I play the way I play to win and by chance I get 40. If I get 40 and lose, I’m really broken”. The Eastern Conference final will be held on Thursday (+1 GMT on Friday 1:30) for the second game.