Warriors 109 vs 100 Mavericks summary: stats and scores | NBA Western Conference Finals
The Golden State Warriors inched closer to the NBA Finals on Sunday night when they defeated the Dallas Mavericks to take a 3-0 lead in the series. Steph Curry led the way with 31 points in the 109-100 win.
Dallas shutdown by Warriors defense
After handling their buisness in California, the Warriors headed to the Lone Star State where they thoroughly handled the Mavericks.
Luka Doncic’s 40 points weren’t enough to knock off the Warriors who just secured their 27th consecutive series with at least one road win.
Dallas who is one of the top shooting teams in the league from downtown, struggled to knock down threes, shooting just 13-45.
Golden State took advantage of another slow shooting day for the Mavs by taking a 10 point lead which stayed at that distance for most of the night, but the Warriors did have one scare.
The Mavs were within five points, late in the fouth but Jordan Poole sunk a three ball to silence the crowd. Poole had 10, but none bigger than that one, while Curry had 31. The real star of the show was Andrew Wiggins who put in a career high 27 points and 11 rebounds.
Down 3-0 Mavericks will now have to do the impossible and make history, by becoming the first team in the NBA to comeback from that deficit and win the series. Only three teams were able to draw even at 3-3, but none of those teams could close out the series.
Game 4 tip off from American Airlines Center is set for 9 p.m. on Tuesday.
Green and the rest of the Warriors played some lock down defense and really threw the Mavs off their game for most of the night. Holding Luka and the Mavs isn't easy to do, but they only gave up 100 points and kept Dallas to under 30% from the 3 points line.
Steph dropped the famous no looker. He only does that when he's feeling it and he was feeling it today. He had 31 points in the winning effor.
Draymond came up with some big buckets, but as we all know what he does is so much more than what appears on a stats sheet.
How is Curry supposed to be stopped? His ball handling gets him to the rim every time, which opens up people on the perimeter.
The Warriors are the best passing team in the league, and they proved it on Sunday night with 28 assists in Game 3.
The Warriors are a win away from the NBA Finals!!!
Greens all alone down low and that will do it!
Doncic at the line, and he hits one of two.
Poole pulls the trigger on the three and that might have been the kill shot for the Warriors.
Dinwiddie with a three ball with 1:13 to go.
Timeout with 1:49 to go.
Doncic with another three, but it seems like his efforts are coming a little too late.
Green gets the lay on the drive.
Brunson spinning in the paint and getting the floater.
Doncic drill the three ball! He's got 36 tonight.
Wiggins wide open down low!
Doncic down the lane! He's got 33.
Wiggins back to the line after getting fouled on the three, and he hits all three. He's got 25 tonight.
Luka back to the line where he misses one.
Curry gets the finger roll to drop down the lane and he has 31!
Doncic at the line and he hits both.
5:41 to go in the fourth.
Wiggins on the tip slam off the Curry miss. He's got a new career high 22 points.
Curry goes to the line and he hits two of two.
Wiggins just had a monster jam over Luka, but was called for an offensive foul!!! Steve Kerr has challenged the play.
Curry to the line and he hits two of two.
Bertans out of the timeout goes hard to the rack and drops a two handed jam
Doncic stepping back and dropping the three ball!
Poole from wayyyyy downtown and the Warriors are keeping the Mavs at an arms length.
Dinwiddie at the line and he hits both.
Luka with a slam down main street and that's got the crowd on it's feet. Timeout in Dallas with 9:32 to go.
Thompson with a three ball, and he's having a big game with some big shots at key moments.
Doncic to the line, and drops both.
Looney to the line and he gets one of two.
Brunson driving to the dish and finishing.
Wiggins hits one of two FTs and the Warriors get the rebound off the miss which Thompson punishes Dallas for with a three
Doncic down the baseline and he's got 21.
Bruson with a floater and then Dinwiddie hits two FTs to end the quarter.
Curry with a step back three and just stared down commentators Reggie Miller and Stan Van Gunday! He's feelilng it.
Finney-Smith from downtown and finally someone other than Dinwiddie gets a bucket for the Mavs.
Curry to the line and he hits both.
Dinwiddie continues to keep the Mavs in this game. He's got 19.
Poole to the line and he hits two of two
Green cutting to the bucket and gets the lay. He's got 6
Dinwiddie hits the three and the Mavs needed that. He's keeping them alive at the moment.
Curry drops the deep two and the lead is at double digits.
Green with the offensive rebound and finds Thompson on the slash to the basket.
Green from the top of the key!! He did have a foot on the line so it'll count for two.
Wiggins on the third and fourth attepmt and he's got 17
Dinwiddie off the bench again and he drills the three in the corner.
Looney hits one of two from the line.
Doncic from the mid range and he's got 19, just like Curry.
Looney to the line and he hits both.
Brunson to the line and he hits both FTs.
Curry with a three ball! He's flirting with 20.
Luka from the midrange, and Luka needs to have a big half for the Mavs to surviv
Thompson on a step back and he's got 11.
Wiggins had the last bucket of the first half and gets the first of the second.
We are back in play for the second half of action from Dallas.
Wiggins with one last bucket in the first half. We are headed to halftime with the Warriors holding a narrow lead after two quarters. Steph has 16, Wiggins has 13 while Luka has 15 and Brunson has 12.
Brunson drills a three ball and things are heating up before we get into halftime.
Thompson drills the catch and shoot to take the lead back.
Curry just picked up his third as Doncic hits all three FTs.
2:00 to go in the first half.
The Warrirors just went on a lightening quick 10-1 run, and they lead again!
Luka to the line and he hits both.
Curry on the floater and he's in double digits.
Finney-Smith drains a three ball, and Green gets T'd up! FT is good and as the Mavs have the largest lead of their night.
Wiggins back at it. He hits a mid range bucket
Bruson in the paint, and that's where he live
Dinwiddie to the line and he got both free throws.
Brunson nails the three and he's taking over with Luka on the bench
Poole to the line. He hits two of two.
Brunson hits one of two and we are tied up.
Porter off the bench and ends the run to give the run to take the lead back.
Dnwiddie goes on a mini spurr all on his own. He\s already got 11 points on 3/4 shooting
DONCIC WITH A BUZZER BEATER FROM DEEPPP!!!
Dinwiddie with a jumper and he's been good off the me
Curry slicing down the lane and finishing with the left hand.
Dinwiddie off the bench and on the board for the first time tonight.
Wiggins on the put back, and he is becoming one of the most important pieces of this Warriors puzzle.
Brunson stings a three ball and that's the Mavs first three of the game.
Wiggins finishes off a beautiful bit of ball movement with a lay up inside.
Luka with a pretty pass downlow to Finney-Smith
Luka off the glass and that ends a 10-0 GS run.
Curry off the pump fake drops the three and Curry has a quick six
Thomposon back to the line and he hits both. He looks in the mood tonight, and has 6 already.
Thompson on the pull up, and he's got 4 points already.
Curry with the and 1! The FT is good and the Warriors leading scorer is on the board.
Doncic to the line for the second time tonight. He hits both and is 3/4 from the line.
Wiggins drills the three! He's battling a sore ankle, but looked good there.
Powell off the feed from Finney-Smith down low.
Looney down low and the Warriors have found something they like with Looney.
Thompson to the line and he hits both.
Doncic absorbs the contact on the drive to the bucket and gets the tough lay up to go.
Looney down the lane! He's coming off a career high 21 points last game. How does he follow it up tonight?
Doncic to the line and he hits one of two for the game's first points.
We are underway from the American Airlines Center! Dallas needs a win to stay in the series, while The Warriors are looking to end it early.
They may be down 2-0 but the Mavs are 3 points favorties coming into tonight. The desperation factor certainly comes into consideration with that line. If the Mavs have any chance in this series, they have to win this game. I'm taking the Mavs minus the points.
Luka Doncic has been explosive on the offensive end all year long, but the playoffs are his time. He is posting 31.4 points a game to go along with his 9.4 rebounds and 6.5 assists, but his defensive abilities have been called into question.
Curry heads the Warriors Big Three
It's no secret that Stephen Curry is the conductor of the Warriors high powered train. He is averaging 26.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.5 assists this postseason. Steve Kerr has no doubts about where he stands in history.
Curry heads the Warriors Big Three
It's no secret that Stephen Curry is the conductor of the Warriors high powered train. He is averaging 26.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.5 assists this postseason.
Quotes Golden State
Kerr says the opposite of Jason Kidd. He says their offense leads to defense. "I always talk about the game; the game is connected," Kerr said. "The better you play offensively, the defense becomes a little bit easier because your defense is set. You've got some confidence; you've got a bounce to your step."
Game 3 recap
Golden State had a horrendous start to Game 2 at the Chase Center and found themselves down by as many as 19 in the first half. Steph Curry and the Warriors would battle back over the course of the final three quarters and Golden State doubled their series advantage with a 126-117 win in San Fran. Curry had 38 points, eight rebounds and five assists while Kevon Looney poured in a career high 21 points and 12 rebounds. Luka Doncic went for 42 for the Mavs, but again his massive night was not enough to fend off the Warriors.
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Hello everyone and welcome to Dallas where the Mavericks are hoping to avoid being buried in a nearly impossible hole to get out of against the red hot Golden State Warriors who have won their last three games.
Warriors vs. Mavericks
It’s Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals as the series moves to Dallas. The Mavericks return home desperate for a win after dropping the first two games on the road to the Golden State Warriors. AS English will have you covered all night with live updates, stats, scores and highlights from the American Airlines Center.