Handful of celebs take in Warriors’ Game 2 thriller over Mavs

The Golden State Warriors put on a show Friday night at Chase Center and they did it in front of a crowd that was slightly less Patagonia vest-wearing than usual.

The stars were out to see the Dubs’ third largest come-from-behind playoff win in franchise history, a 126-117 Golden State thriller that put the Warriors up 2-0 in the Western Conference Finals.

Sitting courtside to take it all in was 15-time Grammy Award winner Adele, who sat next to boyfriend Rich Paul, CEO of sports agency Klutch Sports, which represents Paul’s long-time friend LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Zach Levine and, most importantly for Friday night’s game, Draymond Green. Paul watched as Green turned in a brutal Game 2, finishing with a technical foul and a triple-single (6 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists) while mired in foul trouble (he played just 28 minutes before picking up his sixth).

Chase Center (and Oracle before that) stalwart and Bay Area rap legend Mistah FAB was also on hand, as was Mark Cuban foe Lil Wayne and Oakland product Symba, one of Complex’s rappers to watch in 2021. TV royalty in attendance included Kari Byron from ‘Mythbusters,’ Food Network mainstay Tyler Florence and the Oppenheimer twins of ‘Selling Sunset’ fame.

And, of course, there were plenty of NBA legends on hand including Gary Payton (whose son, Gary Payton II, is still out for the Warriors with a fractured left elbow ultimately at the hands of Dillon Brooks in the Western Conference semis) and Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki. The best sighting, though, may have been former Warrior JaVale McGee. The 7-footer was spotted in the stands trying to look incognito in a black hoodie and then later hugging it out with Green in the Chase Center tunnel.

McGee signed a one-year deal this past season with the Phoenix Suns, who were eliminated in the last round by the Warriors Western Conference Finals opponent. McGee, who played two seasons with the Dubs (and won titles both seasons), is currently an unrestricted free agent.

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