Stephen Curry led the Golden State Warriors with 21 points in their Western Conference finals opening against the Dallas Mavericks, 112-87, thesportsbay.com reports.
The Warriors held Dallas star Luka Doncic to only 20 points, his lowest total in the playoffs.
“We did what we were supposed to do – protect home court, win the first game,” said Curry, who also had a game-high 12 rebounds.
“We had a specific game-plan coming in, and for the most part, we executed it.”
Andrew Wiggins scored 19 points for the Warriors and was also key in limiting Doncic’s impact.
“‘Wiggs’ was fantastic. Doncic is as difficult a cover as there is in the league,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr.
“We just asked Wiggs to try to hound him, stay in front of him, keep pressure on him. He did a fantastic job.”
Doncic averaged 29 points in the play-off series win against the Utah Jazz and 32.6 points in the semi-final series victory over the Phoenix Suns.
“They did a great job,” Doncic said of the Warriors.
“Of course we could do things better. In the first quarter, we had a lot of good looks. The second quarter, too. But not in the second half.”
The next game of the best-of-seven series will take place on Friday (02:00 BST Saturday) when the Warriors will again be at home in San Francisco.
The Miami Heat lead the Boston Celtics 1-0 in the Eastern Conference final and they play their second game on Thursday (01:30 BST Friday) according to NBA.com