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Mavericks stave off sweep by raining threes on Warriors, plus John Calipari gets a taste of his own medicine

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THE DALLAS MAVERICKS

It rained all day in Dallas, and then Dallas rained 3-pointers all night on Golden State… and couldn’t even be stopped by a leaky roof. The Mavericks drained 20 threes and held off a late Warriors charge in a 119-109 win to stave off elimination.

Save for a strange fourth quarter where Golden State’s reserves narrowed a 29-point deficit down to as little as eight, this was exactly the performance Dallas needed. The Mavericks lit it up from deep, won the rebounding battle and weren’t destroyed by points in the paint. All postseason long, the three ball has masked Dallas’ deficiencies enough, and that was the case again last night. Dallas is 7-3 this postseason when it hits more than 15 threes and 2-5 when it doesn’t.

In NBA history, 146 teams have fallen into a 3-0 series deficit. Zero have gone on to win the series. If the Mavericks are to become the first team to do so, it’ll have to look a lot like last night.

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And not such a good morning for…

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THE CAROLINA HURRICANES

There’s no place like home, and, for the Hurricanes, there really is no happiness on the road. Carolina fell 4-1 to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden and are now 0-5 on the road this postseason. The series is tied 2-2.

This one was never close. Frank Vatrano opened the scoring in the first period, and Adam Fox doubled the lead shortly thereafter.In the second period, Mika Zibanejad made it 3-0.Teuvo Teravainen got the Hurricanes on the board in the third period, but Andrew Copp answered to cap the scoring.

The Hurricanes, of course, have gotten this far because they’re 6-0 at home, winning all four home contests in the first…


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Publish date : 2022-05-25 12:49:08

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