Head coach Steve Kerr (L), guard Stephen Curry (R) and the Golden State Warriors will take a 1-0 lead into Game 2 of the Western Conference finals Friday in San Francisco. Photo by John G. Mabanglo/EPA-EFE
May 19 (UPI) -- Stephen Curry scored a game-high 21 points through three quarters to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 112-87 victory over the Dallas Mavericks in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
The Warriors sharpshooter made a trio of 3-pointers and totaled a dozen rebounds in the win Wednesday at Chase Center in San Francisco. The Warriors will host Game 2 of the best-of-seven series Friday.
"We are all still trying to get better and peak at the right time on both ends of the floor," Curry told reporters. "We have the ability to turn it up pretty quickly, but you don't want to rely on that."
Wednesday's game featured four lead changes and was tied twice. The Warriors outscored the Mavericks 44-32 in the paint, 18-7 off fast breaks, 37-33 off the bench and led by as many as 30 points. They also dished out 24 assists and shot 56.1% from the field. The Mavericks made just 36% of their shots.
The lead switched hands several times throughout the first quarter. The Warriors then outscored the Mavericks 10-2 over the final 4:40 of the quarter to take a 28-18 lead into the second. Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins scored 10 points over the first 12 minutes.
All-Star guard Luka Doncic scored 11 points in the second to help the Mavericks outscore the Warriors by one point in the quarter. They still trailed 54-45 at the break.
The Warriors went on a 12-2 run early in the third to add some cushion to their advantage. Warriors guard Klay Thompson scored 11 points in the quarter. They then outscored the Mavericks 24-18 over the final 12 minutes.
Doncic scored 20 points to lead the Mavericks. Wiggins and Warriors guard Jordan Poole chipped in 19 points apiece. Thompson added 15 points in the victory. Warriors center Kevon Looney and forwards Draymond Green and Otto Porter Jr. chipped in 10 points apiece.
Game 2 will tip off at 9 p.m. EDT Friday at Chase Center. Game 3 and Game 4 will be Sunday and Tuesday, respectively, at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.