Mavericks vs. Warriors score, takeaways: Luka Doncic, Dallas make it rain against Golden State to force Game 5

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The Dallas Mavericks aren't going home just yet. Facing elimination at home in Game 4, they responded to get their first win of the Western Conference finals, beating the Golden State Warriors 119-109 on Tuesday night. The series, which now stands 3-1 in favor of the Warriors will head back to the Bay Area for Game 5 on Thursday night.

After a competitive first quarter, the Mavericks opened up a double-digit lead in the second quarter and led by 15 heading into the break. Then, play was halted due to a leak in the roof of the American Airlines Center. When play finally did resume, the Mavericks picked up right where they left off and built a 29-point lead with some incredible 3-point shooting. While the Warriors' reserves led a spirited comeback that briefly cut the deficit to single digits late in the fourth quarter, the game was never truly in doubt.

Luka Doncic was not as his most efficient, but led the way with 30 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists. The main story for the Mavericks, though, was their 3-point shooting. They went 20 of 43 from downtown to improve to 7-3 in the playoffs when they make more than 15 3s. Reggie Bullock hit six of them en route to 18 points.

This was not a great performance from the Warriors, though their fourth-quarter surge makes some of the overall stats look OK. Steph Curry had a team-high 20 points, but shot just 7 of 16 from the field. Jonathan Kuminga was a bright spot in defeat with 17 points and eight rebounds.

Here are some key takeaways as Dallas avoided a sweep:

Mavs have an incredible night from 3-point land

The Mavericks' offensive attack is built around the 3-point shot, to the extent that they often live and die by whether or not those shots go in. Aside from the first half of Game 2, they have not in this series, which is why the Mavericks were down 3-0 and facing elimination. 

In Game 4 they found their stroke, going 20 of 43 from downtown en route to a series-saving win. They doubled up the Warriors from the outside, outscoring them by 30 points from 3-point land, which was too big of a margin to make up. The Mavericks are now 7-3 in the playoffs when they make at least 15 3-pointers, and 2-4 when they don't reach that mark. 

Reggie Bullock, who went 0 of 10 from the field and didn't score a single point in the Game 3 loss, led the way in Game 4 by making a team-high six 3-pointers. The rest of the squad got in on the act as well, with eight different Mavericks hitting at least one triple. 

Making 20 3-pointers in a game is obviously easier said than done, but the Mavericks are going to need more performance like this if they want to keep extending this series. 

Doncic continues to excel in elimination games

Luka Doncic's status as one of the best players in the league was reaffirmed prior to the game when he was named to the All-NBA First Team for the third consecutive season. The only other player with an active three-year streak of First Team appearances is Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo.

If for some reason you still weren't convinced of Doncic's brilliance, he offered more proof when the game got underway. While he wasn't at his most efficient, he was doing everything for the Mavericks and finished with 30 points, 14 rebounds, nine assists, two steals and two blocks. 

There are few players who can control a game like Doncic, and he was not going to let the Mavericks lose. Perhaps that shouldn't have been surprising given his dominance when facing elimination. Doncic and the Mavs are now 3-0 in must-win games this postseason, and for his career Doncic is averaging 36.6 points in elimination games, which is the highest scoring average in such situations in league history. 

A weird night of basketball

Overall, this was one of the weirdest nights of basketball we've seen during the playoffs. Most notably, there was a rain delay that extended halftime to nearly 30 minutes. A leak opened up in the roof of the American Airlines Center, which sent water falling to the court right next to the Warriors' bench. Arena workers had to climb up onto the catwalks near the roof and set up a tarp system to catch the water.

That alone would have made this a bizarre night, but the oddities didn't stop there. In the middle of the third quarter, Draymond Green went to the free throw line and his first attempt bounced around before coming to a complete stop on the back of the rim. Everyone was laughing, even Green who shared a smile with Doncic in the moment. 

Finally, from a pure skill (luck) standpoint, Doncic had one of the most impressive makes of the entire postseason, and it didn't even count. After a stoppage in play, he launched the ball some twenty feet into the air, and as it came down it bounced once, then rattled around the rim and went in. 

Strange, strange stuff. Hopefully Game 5 will be more normal; a bit of competitiveness wouldn't hurt either. 

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Season Leaders

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S. Curry27.4 PTS, 5.9 AST, 5.2 REB
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S. Curry27.4 PTS, 5.9 AST, 5.2 REB
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L. Doncic31.7 PTS, 6.4 AST, 9.8 REB
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L. Doncic31.7 PTS, 6.4 AST, 9.8 REB
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D. Green8.0 PTS, 6.3 AST, 7.2 REB
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D. Green8.0 PTS, 6.3 AST, 7.2 REB
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L. Doncic31.7 PTS, 6.4 AST, 9.8 REB
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L. Doncic31.7 PTS, 6.4 AST, 9.8 REB
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K. Looney5.8 PTS, 2.2 AST, 7.6 REB
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K. Looney5.8 PTS, 2.2 AST, 7.6 REB
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L. Doncic31.7 PTS, 6.4 AST, 9.8 REB
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L. Doncic31.7 PTS, 6.4 AST, 9.8 REB
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Mavs dominated the long range battle

In Game 4, the Mavericks connected on 20 3's pointers, while the Warriors made just 10 3's. That's a 30-point difference, in a game that the Mavericks ultimately won by 10. That disparity in shooting was the main difference-maker in the game. It used to be the Warriors that would be throttling teams from long range in the playoffs, but it was Dallas' turn on Tuesday night. 

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Luka remaining optimistic

Even with their win in Game 4, the odds are still stacked against the Mavericks, as they'll need to win three more in a row in order to avoid elimination. No team in NBA history has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit in a series, but Luka doesn't see why the Mavericks can't be the first. 

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Elimination Game Luka

Another elimination game, another big game from Luka Doncic.

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Dallas avoids the sweep

With their win in Game 4, the Mavericks avoided being swept by the Warriors. Now, they get to extend their season by a game, at least. Game 5 between Golden State and Dallas is set for Thursday night. With the Mavericks win, the Brooklyn Nets remain the only team to get swept so far this postseason. They lost to the Boston Celtics in four games in the first round. 

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Final: Mavericks 119 -- Warriors 109

The Warriors made things interesting for a little bit there late in the fourth quarter, but the outcome was never truly in doubt. This was the best performance of the series for the Mavericks, as they secure their first win and avoid elimination. Luka Doncic goes for 30 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists in a near triple-double, while the Mavericks made 20 3-pointers. 

The action will now shift back to the Bay Area on Thursday night for Game 5. Will the Warriors be able to close things out then? Or will the Mavericks have enough to force a Game 6?

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Kuminga making the most of his minutes

Warriors rookie Jonathan Kuminga has played 22 minutes in the game so far, and he's maximized those minutes, scoring 17 points while shooting five of 11 from the floor. He's also added eight rebounds and an assist. That's some solid postseason experience for the rookie. 

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Warriors cut it to single digits

Oh my goodness. The Warriors have cut the deficit to single digits with 3:22 still remaining, and they've done it entirely with the reserves. This is incredible. Have to wonder if Steve Kerr is going to go back to Steph Curry and Co. now that the game is within reach, or if he'll ride with the group that's gotten the Warriors back into the game

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No give up in the Warriors

Despite the fact that they were getting thoroughly handled through the first three quarters of the contest, the Warriors didn't give up, as they're outscoring Dallas 21-9 in the fourth quarter. And though they're still down pretty big, they forced the Mavericks to bring their starters back into the game -- something they surely didn't want to do. Small victories like that add up over the course of a series. 

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Doncic getting beat up

Doncic had to come back in the game and he has not had a fun time. He got his foot stepped on and then took an inadvertent shot below the belt from Damion Lee. Doncic is still in pain as we head to a timeout. He should be fine but not ideal when the game seemed to be over a few minutes ago

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Mavericks ice cold

The Mavericks have suddenly gone ice cold, missing their last six 3s, and the Warriors now have the deficit down to 16. The Warriors are on a 15-2 run that has forced the Mavericks to bring a bunch of starters back into the game. Doncic is not back in yet, but is at the scorer's table 

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Warriors not giving up

The Warriors have the reserves in, and those guys are playing hard. They've started the fourth quarter on a 9-0 run to force a Mavericks timeout. Only problem for the Warriors is that they got down by so much that a 9-0 spurt only cuts the deficit to 20 points lol 

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Third quarter: Mavericks 99 -- Warriors 70

The Mavericks were not affected by a bizarre rain delay that extended halftime, and increased their lead to 29 heading into the fourth quarter. They've now made 19 3-pointers, which is just six shy of tying the NBA playoff record. Luka Doncic has not shot the ball well, but he has 21 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists. Dorian Finney-Smith has added 19 points for the Mavs, who have five different double-figure scorers

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Mavs chasing 3-point record

The Mavs' hot shooting has continued after the rain delay and they are now up to an incredible 19 of 33 from downtown. As a reminder, they're 6-3 in the playoffs so far when they make at least 15 3s in a game. Furthermore, they're now chasing NBA history. The record for 3s in a playoff game is 25, which is well within striking distance with more than a quarter to play 

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Dallas scorching in the third quarter 

The Mavericks are putting on a shooting clinic in the third quarter of Game 4. They've connected on eight of their 10 attempts from long range in the quarter, and they've now made 19 of their 33 attempts (56%) for the game. If they shot like this every game, they'd be damn near impossible to beat. 

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Draymond's free throw stops on the rim

Draymond Green just had a free throw bounce around and come to a complete stop on the back of the rim. All he could do was laugh about it, and even shared a joke with Luka Doncic. That was pretty incredible. Can't remember the last time I saw that happen during a game 

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Roof still leaking, but not on court

The broadcast just showed water dripping down pretty quickly into a tunnel going towards the locker rooms. It appears that they have not solved the leak, but have funneled it into an off-court area in order to get the game going again

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Rain delay didn't slow down Dallas

The lengthy delay in action due to a leak in the arena's roof clearly didn't slow down the Mavericks. The Mavericks outscored the Warriors 10-3 in the first two-plus minutes of the third quarter, as their hot shooting from the first half carried over to the second half. Has anyone considered that the Mavs making it rain from long range is what caused the roof to leak? Hmm.. 

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Mavs build biggest lead of the series

The Mavericks have gone on a quick run to start the second half and just opened up a 22-point lead which is their biggest of the entire series. Dorian Finney-Smith is now 4 of 4 from 3-point land and has a team-high 17 points

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Play resumed

Well nevermind! The game has suddenly restarted. Can the Mavericks hang on in the second half to get their first win of the series and avoid elimination?

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Still delayed

The broadcast has gone back to the Inside crew for a an edition of "Shaqtin A Fool" so it doesn't look like we'll be playing again any time soon. We still have to wait for the Mavericks to be satisfied that they've figured out the leak, and then after that happens the players are going to warm up again 

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Cuban doesn't approve 

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban doesn't look too happy that the roof is leaking in Dallas. The leak has delayed the start of the second half for several minutes so far. 

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A look at the Mavs, uh, grounds crew

They're doing all they can to prevent water from hitting the floor. This is apparently the second time this has happened in Dallas this season.

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Rain delay update

The Mavericks have some people up on the catwalks near the roof investigating the situation. It looks like they've rigged up some sort of tarp to catch the water closer to the source so it doesn't fall all the way to the court. But still no update on when we might start playing again 

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Rain delay

The start of the third quarter is delayed due to a leak in the roof. A mix of liquid and debris is currently falling on the court and they are trying to sop it up with a bunch of towels. No exact timeline on when play may resume because they haven't stopped the leak 

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Luka with the HORSE shot

In the second quarter, Luka provided one of the highlights of the game after the whistle. Following a foul call, Doncic launched the ball way up into the air, it bounced once and then went in. 

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Warriors not named 'Curry' need to step up

Steph Curry had 15 first half points for the Warriors, as he continues to do his thing this postseason. However, he needs some help from the rest of the roster in the second half. Curry is the only Warriors player that scored in double figures in the first half, as the rest of the starters scored 18 points combined. That's not going to get the job done. 

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Halftime: Mavericks 62 -- Warriors 47

The Mavericks got off to a good start in the first quarter, but they fully took control in the second and have opened up a 15-point lead at the break. They've already hit 11 3-pointers, and seven different players have made at least one. Luka Doncic and Jalen Brunson are leading the way with 13 points, while Dorian Finney-Smith has 11. 

The Warriors are shooting just 40.5 percent from the field, and have gotten little from anyone besides Steph Curry, who has 15 points. 

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Trend of large leads this postseason continues

It feels like every single game in the conference finals this season has featured large leads being established early, and then the team that got down spends the rest of the game trying to crawl back. This game has been no different so far, as the Mavs have built a 15-point lead in the first half of this one. Now it's on the Warriors to try to get back into the game. 

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Mavs' 3-point attack opening up paint

The Mavericks' lack of paint points has been a real issue for them in this series, but they already have 14 of them tonight thanks to their hot start from outside. The Warriors are so worried about closing out hard that the Mavericks can put the ball on the deck to get inside for some easy looks

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Warriors young guns getting some run

Warriors rookies Kuminga and Moody have received inconsistent playing time throughout the postseason, but coach Steve Kerr has been giving them some run early in this game. Midway through the second quarter Kuminga has played 10 minutes and he scored seven points, while Moody has played six minutes and scored two points. 

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