LAS VEGAS -- In what turned out to be a barn burner, the Mavericks were unable to withstand a late comeback by the Warriors. Golden State secured a 79-76 victory to move on to the quarterfinals of the Las Vegas Summer League championship tournament. The Warriors have now won 11 straight in summer league play.
How it happened: It was an inauspicious start for the Mavs as they turned the ball over on their first possession of the game. Neither team really asserted themselves in the first quarter. It was mainly sloppy basketball as the two teams combined to have a total of 10 turnovers in the period.
Tired legs came into play early as the Mavs were playing their fourth game in five nights, including a back-to-back-to-back set of games. Dallas was settling for perimeter jumpers early, starting the game 2-of-11 from the field.
Jae Crowder turned his left ankle late in the first quarter. He was ruled out for the remainder of the game with a sprained ankle. Going into halftime, the Mavs had to find different scoring options.
A sloppy start to the second half saw Golden State build its lead to as large as eight points. The Warriors’ ball movement had the Mavs scrambling. Running on fumes, Dallas valiantly found ways to battle back into the game and took a 58-53 lead into the final quarter.
The injuries kept coming for the Mavs as backup big man D.J. Stephens suffered a left knee contusion on a block attempt in the fourth quarter and was unable to return to the game.
The Mavs had a 14-point lead, but were unable to hold on to their lead as the Warriors went on a 23-6 run in a span of seven minutes. Jackie Carmichael came up with a key block late in the game, but the Warriors recovered the loose ball and Dwayne Jones slammed the ball in to give them a 77-76 lead with 10.2 seconds left. On the Mavs' next possession, Ricky Ledo drove to the rim but was unable to score a heavily-contested layup.
What it means: With the loss, Dallas moves to the consolation bracket of the summer league championship tournament. The Mavs will take on the second-seeded Chicago Bulls on Friday night at 7 p.m. PT. That game will be the fourth game in four days for the Mavs. It will also mark their LVSL finale.
The status for both Crowder and Stephens remains up in the air.
Mavs player of the game: After scoring 23 points and nine rebounds in the team’s first-round game, Jackie Carmichael responded with 12 points and seven rebounds. More importantly, he protected the paint as much as he could as he recorded seven blocks.
As the Mavs don't have a clear-cut backup option for Dirk Nowitzki, Carmichael is doing everything he can to get an invite to training camp in an attempt to fill that position.
Stat of the night: Unable to secure a lead, Dallas had six turnovers in the fourth quarter that led to 10 Golden State points.