The Golden State Warriors are one win clear of the NBA Finals after beating the Dallas Mavericks 109-100 in Recreation 3 on Sunday evening. Led via a 31-point efficiency from Stephen Curry, and 27 issues from Andrew Wiggins, Golden State as soon as once more asserted its dominance over Dallas to take a commanding 3-0 sequence lead.
Luka Doncic attempted to will the Mavericks to a win with 40 issues, 11 rebounds and 3 assists however, as soon as once more, regardless of the blended 46 issues from Jalen Brunson and Spencer Dinwiddie, Dallas didn’t have sufficient within the tank to complete off the win to get again on this sequence.
The Warriors will attempt to shut out this sequence on Tuesday, and in the event that they do they will wait for the winner of the Boston Celtics-Miami Warmth sequence within the Japanese Convention.
Listed below are 3 takeaways from Recreation 3 in Dallas.
1. Andrew Wiggins, take a bow
Let’s simply check out this absurd dunk that Wiggins had on Doncic within the fourth quarter.
That is Dunk of the 12 months subject matter proper there. Actually that is higher than any of the dunks we noticed all over the Dunk Contest at All-Superstar Weekend previous this season. It is a dunk that was once the cherry on best of what was once some other stellar efficiency from Wiggins, who completed with a playoff career-high of 27 issues to move along side 11 forums and 3 assists whilst taking pictures 55 p.c from the sector.
Wiggins has been exceptional for Golden State all sequence lengthy, averaging over 20 issues whilst additionally drawing the hardest defensive project in guarding Doncic at the different finish of the ground. Whilst Doncic continues to be getting his issues, Wiggins has been making like extremely tough at the Slovenian celebrity, and come what may he is nonetheless discovering sufficient power to complete dunks like that within the fourth quarter regardless of enjoying essentially the most mins of any Warriors participant.
Wiggins has shifted between now and again being the second-best participant in this staff, to be the best function participant Golden State wishes him to be when Curry and Klay Thompson get in a jam. His stable manufacturing on each ends of the ground, which additionally incorporated six offensive rebounds, is a part of the rationale Dallas is having any such depressing time at looking to guard this Warriors staff.
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2. Dallas function avid gamers no-show in vital Recreation 3
When the Mavericks went down 0-2 within the convention semifinals in opposition to the Phoenix Suns, they answered with 4 in their 5 starters scoring in double figures to seize a Recreation 3 win. Reggie Bullock, Dorian Finney-Smith and Maxi Kleber blended for 43 issues in that sport to offer Dallas — and Doncic — the spice up it had to get again within the sequence.
That was once now not the case on Sunday night time. Whilst Doncic were given a variety of lend a hand from his backcourt pals in Jalen Brunson and Spencer Dinwiddie, who blended for 46 issues, Bullock went a scoreless 0-10 from the sector in 39 mins of motion. Finney-Smith had simply 9 issues, whilst Kleber additionally completed with 0 issues on 0-5 from the sector. When all 3 of the ones guys are taking pictures that poorly, Dallas is not going to win many video games.
Even though Dallas controlled to stay it shut all the way down to the overall buzzer, not like within the earlier two contests of this sequence, it simply did not really feel like they may make a valid run with out guys like Bullock, Finney-Smith and Kleber making photographs.
3. Warriors one win clear of NBA Finals
Golden State has been dominant via this whole sequence, and at the moment are one win clear of attaining its 6th NBA Finals in 8 years. It is loopy to assume that if it were not for accidents to each Thompson and Curry within the final two years, the Warriors could also be at the cusp of attaining their eighth-straight NBA Finals, that is simply how gifted this staff has been over the past 8 years.
There is nonetheless paintings to be achieved, as a result of Doncic and the remainder of the Mavericks squad will definitely do the whole lot of their energy to take a look at and prolong this sequence and steer clear of a sweep. However with the Warriors conveniently within the driving force’s seat at this time, it isn’t too early to start out fascinated by the following opponent at the calendar.