Golden State takes off against Dallas in the conference final

Three years later, Golden State is very close to savoring an NBA final again: the Warriors, led by Stephen Curry and Andrew Wiggins, won (109-100) a third victory in a row against the Mavericks, on Sunday in Dallas.

Never has a team that was down 3-0 managed to win the last four games of a playoff series.

Stephen Curry was once again instrumental in his team’s success. The midfielder played clean and efficient (31 points, 5 of 10 behind the arc, 11 assists).

His lieutenants Klay Thompson (19 points) and especially Andrew Wiggins were perfect relays. The Canadian winger scored 10 of his final-record 27 points in the fourth quarter, including a powerhouse dunk over Luka Doncic.

First, the referee whistled for an offensive foul due to contact between Wiggins’ elbow and Doncic’s neck, who fell to the ground. Steve Kerr asked for a “challenge” and after viewing was awarded the basket, the contact not having been considered a “charge”. ” It touched me a little but I’m not going to lie to you, I saw the video, it was impressive, incredible until “, recognized the handsome Slovenian player.

In the following action, Wiggins managed a touch that gave air to his team (95-83), when Dallas tried to overcome the score.

Doncic too alone in attack

But Luka Doncic had not said his last word. The Slovenian prodigy was exceptional in the last twelve minutes, with 21 points in the pocket, to finish the game with 40 points and 11 rebounds.

Problem, he was too alone in the attack. Of Doncic’s eight 40-point-plus playoff games over three years, the Mavericks have lost six times.

Apart from Spencer Dinwiddie (26 pts), very good off the bench, and Jalen Brunson (20 pts), the other Mavericks, especially inside, were insufficient. The Reggie Bullock-Maxi Kleber duo, for example, totaled a terrible 0-for-15 shooting in 65 minutes of combined play. French playmaker Frank Ntilikina played four minutes late in the first quarter for a missed shot and an assist.

However, the Mavs, at home, put up five points with one minute and fifteen seconds remaining, but a Jordan Poole winning shot definitely tipped the game and probably the series.

If the long-range clumsiness (13 of 45) still punished Dallas, the credit also goes to the defense of Golden State, which in the past has built its successes: three NBA titles in four years (2015, 2017, 2018 ) and two lost finals (2016, 2019) – on his fire and rebound attack. On Sunday they dominated the circles again (47 receptions against 33, including 14 offenses).

All these ingredients, under the direction of ‘Chef Curry’, animate the game of the Warriors, now very close to finding the peaks, after three difficult years. ” I like the position we are in now. We felt we had to take a win tonight (Sunday). When we go 2-0 and we move we have to take advantage dynamic Steve Kerr commented.

Game 4 is Tuesday night in Dallas. The Warriors will play a place in the final and the Mavericks a first success to not finish fanny and maintain a very, very little hope of returning to the series.

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