After Doncic’s fellow starters offered no support whatsoever in the Spel 3 nederlaag
, Dorian Finney-Smith came up big in Game
4 met 23 points on
69% skiet, while Reggie Bullock and Jalen Brunson scored
18 en 15 onderskeidelik.
The win cuts Golden State’s series lead to 3-1, but no team in the NBA’s 75-year history has come back from a 3-0 deficit in the playoffs in 146 pogings.
“Our defense was amazing today,” Doncic told reporters. “That’s how we’ve got to play; when we play like this, we’re a dangerous team.
“You never know,” he added when asked if Dallas could still win the series. “We’re going to stick together. Soos ek gesê het, we’re going to believe.
“This is one and, straight away, we’ve got to think of the next one. It’s going to be really tough with Golden State, we know that, but we have to stay together.”
Dallas’ defense really hindered the Warriors’ shooting ability, with Steph Curry leading the way for Golden State with just 20 points and eight assists. Jonathan Kuminga was the team’s next highest scorer, registering 17 points off the bench to go with eight rebounds.
It was another below par playoff performance from Klay Thompson, the other half of the ‘Splash Bros,’ who scored just 12 punte.
The game was delayed by more than 20 minutes at halftime as arena workers tried to stop a leak that had sprung in the roof and was dripping down onto the court.
When the action finally resumed, Dallas outscored Golden State 37-23 in the third quarter to cement an unassailable lead.
“We believe it’s just one game at a time, we did our part tonight and found a way to win,” Dallas head coach Jason Kidd told reporters. “The next part is to find a way to win on the road. We can’t get ahead of ourselves.
“It’s still 3-1 and Golden State is a tough place to play, but we’ve won there before. We just have to take care of the ball and make shots.”
The Warriors are bidding to reach a sixth NBA Finals in eight seasons and victory at home on Thursday will set up a meeting with either the Miami Heat or the Boston Celtics.
That series is currently tied 2-2 with Game 5 on Wednesday evening.