DALLAS – Luka Doncic gave the Dallas Mavericks a glimpse of a pleasant future – and extended a bad week for the Golden State Warriors.
The newcomer scored 24 points, including a short jumper that put Dallas ahead for ever, and the Mavericks beat Warriors 112-109 on Saturday night.
The 19-year-old from Slovenia arrived in the NBA after leading Real Madrid to the 2018 Euro League title. On Saturday, he hit 10-foot on track with 1:10 remaining to put Dallas up 109-108, then seal the match with two free throws with seven seconds left.
"I did this when I was in Madrid, too," said Doncic. "I like last minute shots. (But) of course it's different. That is NBA. This is the best league in the world. "
Golden State played without starters injured Stephen Curry and Draymond Green and lost for the fourth time in six matches. The Warriors dropped back-to-back games for the first time this season, and Saturday they led with eight points in the second round before Mavs rallied.
Kevin Durant scored 32 points, but only three in the fourth quarter of the 1-for-7 shooting. Klay Thompson added 22 for the two NBA defending champions. Durant lost two shots and one Thompson in the final minute, all of which could tie the game or put Golden State ahead.
"You don't manage the NBA record to be frustrated," Thompson said. "I will not go here and struggle with losing a few shots, losing this match-binding shot at the start of the season."
Harrison Barnes made 23 points for the Mavericks, who won four times in a row. This is the second time Dallas has beaten Golden State in their last 19 meetings, others came on December 30, 2015 – one of only nine matches the Warriors lost the regular season.
An 8-0 Mavs run early in the fourth quarter, limited by three points game Dwight Powell, giving Dallas the first lead since the start of the third quarter, 93-92, with 9:18 to play. After Golden State moved forward again, the Mavericks held hard and Dorian Finney-Smith's desperate tightening put Dallas back 107-106 with 1:45 remaining.
"Our people work very hard to wear them throughout the game and we make their shots a little more difficult," said Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle. "When you work as hard as we do, you get good luck going to you."
In addition to the missing Curry (left groin strain) and Green (right leg sprain) in the midst of this rough stretch, the Warriors are still trying to correct the bad feelings caused by Green-up dust Monday night with Durant and the next suspension.
"Just trying to move forward," Durant said. "Will we talk about this all year? We only want to play football. I know that's what I want to do. "
THEIR COULDA FEES
Dallas, 76 percent free shoot-throwing team this season, struggled to become 22 out of 34 on the front lines, even though Doncic managed to escape. Dennis Smith Jr. is 2 for 7, and Barnes is 7 which is unusual for 11.
"I like that we get a line, to bend positively," Carlisle said.
REPLACEMENT COMES THROUGH
The Warriors received valuable contributions from backup Quinn Cook and Damion Lee, the latter playing with a two-way contract. Cook scored 15 points and Lee was the highest of the season 13.
Lee has 11 first-half points, the same amount he scored in 24 minutes of matches throughout the season before Saturday. He had eight points in the 22-11 seconds which gave the Golden State a 44-37 advantage.
Warriors: Durant and coach Steve Kerr received technical violations for protesting when Durant was called to travel after being hit by a Mavericks double team with 1:01 left in the first quarter. Barnes's free throw further gave Dallas its biggest advantage, 26-18. … Kerr said Green would be "almost certain" to miss Sunday's team match in San Antonio and then be re-evaluated before the Warriors host Oklahoma City on Wednesday. … Curry said he hoped he would return to action later this month when he continued his rehabilitation.
Mavericks: Wesley Matthews loses his second game in the last three with a left hamstring strain. He played 20 minutes Wednesday against the Jazz. … Smith, finalist of the 2018 Dunk Slam Contest, experienced embarrassing moments in the first quarter when he missed an undeniable breakaway effort. He climbed in two hands and slammed it hard from behind.
Warriors: Complete their three Texas matches on Sunday in San Antonio.
Mavericks: In Memphis on Monday, the only Mavericks road match in a five-match stretch.