Doncic leads Mavericks over short-handed Warriors 112-109

Real Madrid to the 2018 Euro League title. On Saturday, he hit a 10-footer in the lane with 1:10 left to put Dallas up 109-108, then sealed the game with two free throws with seven seconds remaining.’ data-reactid=”24″>The 19-year-old from Slovenia arrived in the NBA having led Real Madrid to the 2018 Euro League title. On Saturday, he hit a 10-footer in the lane with 1:10 left to put Dallas up 109-108, then sealed the game with two free throws with seven seconds remaining.

”I’ve been doing this when I was in Madrid, too,” Doncic said. ”I love the last-minute shot. (But) of course it’s different. It’s the NBA. It’s the best league in the world.”

Kevin Durant scored 32 points, but only three in the fourth quarter on 1-for-7 shooting. Klay Thompson added 22 for the two-time defending NBA champions. Durant missed two shots and Thompson one in the final minute, all of which could have either tied the game or put Golden State ahead.’ data-reactid=”27″>Kevin Durant scored 32 points, but only three in the fourth quarter on 1-for-7 shooting. Klay Thompson added 22 for the two-time defending NBA champions. Durant missed two shots and Thompson one in the final minute, all of which could have either tied the game or put Golden State ahead.

”You don’t set NBA records being frustrated,” Thompson said. ”I’m not going to go over here and dwell on missing a couple of shots, missing a game-tying shot this early in the season.”

”Our guys worked incredibly hard to wear on them throughout the game and we made their shots a little more difficult,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. ”When you work as hard as we did, you get luck to go your way.”

In addition to missing Curry (left groin strain) and Green (right toe sprain) in the midst of this rough stretch, the Warriors are still trying to repair the bad feelings caused by Green’s dust-up Monday night with Durant and subsequent suspension.

”Just trying to move forward,” Durant said. ”Are we going to talk about this the whole year? We just want to play ball. I know that’s all I want to do.”

COULDA COST THEM

Dallas, a 76 percent free throw-shooting team for the season, struggled in going 22 of 34 at the line, though Doncic came through when it mattered most. Dennis Smith Jr. was 2 for 7, and Barnes was an uncharacteristic 7 for 11.

”I love that we are getting to the line, to put a positive bent on it,” Carlisle said.

REPLACEMENTS COME THROUGH

Warriors: Durant and coach Steve Kerr received technical fouls for protesting when Durant was called for traveling after being bumped in a Mavericks double-team with 1:01 left in the first quarter. Barnes’ ensuing free throws gave Dallas its biggest lead, 26-18. … Kerr said Green would ”almost for sure” miss the team’s game Sunday at San Antonio and then be re-evaluated before the Warriors host Oklahoma City on Wednesday. … Curry said he was hopeful he would return to action later this month as he continues his rehab.

Mavericks: Wesley Matthews missed his second game in the past three with a left hamstring strain. He played 20 minutes Wednesday against the Jazz. … Smith, a 2018 Slam Dunk Contest finalist, had an embarrassing moment in the first quarter when he missed an uncontested breakaway attempt. He went up two-handed and slammed it hard off the back rim.

UP NEXT

Warriors: Finish their three-game Texas trip Sunday at San Antonio.

Mavericks: At Memphis on Monday, the Mavericks’ only road game in a five-game stretch.

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