Stephen Curry has starred in TV, Andrew Wiggins scores a superb goal over Luka Doncic and the Warriors are already thinking about sweeping the series.
Curry scored 31 points, Andrew Wiggins added 27 and the Golden State Warriors beat the Dallas Mavericks 109-100 on Sunday to advance 3-0 in the Western Conference Finals.
“He’s like Domenicui Wilkins over there,” Klay Thompson said of Wiggins. The Warriors seemed on the cusp of another NBA Final, after three of five years had brought them three championships.
Thompson scored 31 points, including two big three-pointers in the final quarter, and the Warriors moved within a win of returning to the NBA Finals three years after ending a five-game winning streak in which they added three championships.
Golden State, who swept Portland on their last trip to the conference finals in 2019 before Toronto won the title, will look to finish the series at Game 4 on Tuesday in Dallas. No team has ever come back from 0-3 to win an NBA playoff.
“I love where we are,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr. “I love the fact that our team came and won tonight.”
Doncic scored 40 points, including 3 long pointers in the last second of the first quarter that sent fans into a frenzy, with the Mavericks losing 2-0 again at home, just as they had against Phoenix before winning the semi-finals in seven games. .
But the shot was lost on a difficult long-range evening for the Mavericks, who missed the first seven attempts and finished 13 of 45.
Wiggins’ submersion of one hand over Doncic in the middle of the fourth quarter was initially classified as a striker fault because his elbow made contact near Doncic’s neck, causing him to fall backwards. But the replay, at Kerr’s request, ruled the connection was accidental and raised the basket to Golden State 93-83.
“I took a little hit, but that was great,” Doncic said. “I’m not going to lie. I watched the video again and said, ‘Oh…’ It was so cool.”
Reggie Bullock and Maxi Kleiber, specialists behind the arc for Dallas, missed all 12 of their 3-point attempts and went 0-for-15 off the field. Both ended without points, disallowing Spencer Dinwiddy’s 26 goals from the bench. Galen Bronson finished with 20 points.
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