Warriors rally past Mavs for 2-0 lead in West finals

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - MAY 20: Jordan Poole #3 of the Golden State Warriors drives to the basket against Maxi Kleber #42 of the Dallas Mavericks during the fourth quarter in Game Two of the 2022 NBA Playoffs Western Conference Finals at Chase Ce

Stephen Curry scored 32 points with six 3-pointers and eight rebounds, Kevon Looney had a career-high 21 points and 12 rebounds, and the Golden State Warriors used one of their signature third-quarter flurries to rally past the Dallas Mavericks 126-117 on Friday night for a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.

Luka Doncic and the Mavericks led most of the way before the Warriors took their first lead of the night on Otto Porter Jr.'s 3-pointer 18 seconds into the fourth. Porter's three-point play with 7:21 remaining made it 100-92.

Doncic scored 18 of his 42 points in the first quarter -- two points shy of his 20-point Game 1 total. His 3-pointer with 13 seconds before halftime put Dallas up 72-58 at the break and gave him 24 points.

He even got a Twitter shoutout from Oakland's own MC Hammer: "Ok young Luka . We see you."

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Andrew Wiggins' 3-pointer with 49 seconds left in the third got Golden State back within 83-81 only for Doncic to answer on a layup moments later. But a 25-13 quarter for the Warriors pulled them to 85-83 going into fourth -- a third quarter reminiscent of those that defined so many of their recent playoff runs.

Doncic shot 12 for 23 and shined in a game of brilliant shotmaking -- the Warriors finished 56.1% from the floor. In the first half alone, Dallas edged Golden State 52.3% to 51.2%, including a remarkable 55.6% to 53.3% from 3-point range.

The series shifts to Dallas for Game 3 on Sunday. Golden State is two wins from a return to the NBA Finals for the first time since making five straight trips from 2015-19.