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Stephen Curry scored 31 points, Andrew Wiggins added 27 while posterizing Luka Doncic on a dunk, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Dallas Mavericks 109-100 on Sunday night for a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals.
Klay Thompson scored 19 with a pair of big 3-pointers in the fourth quarter as the Warriors moved on in a comeback win to the NBA Finals, three years after ending a five-game road streak that gave three championships.
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Golden State, which swept Portland in its last Western Final of 2019 before Toronto won the title, heads into the Game 4 sweep Tuesday at Dallas. No team has rallied 3-0 to win an NBA playoff series.
Doncic scored 40 and beat the first quarter buzzer with a 32-footer that rocked the crowd with the Mavericks back at home 2-0 behind, as they did against top seed Phoenix before winning the Western semi-final series in seven games.
But that shimmy-inducing bucket was a blow on an otherwise tough night from 3-point range for the Mavericks, who missed their first seven and finished 13 of 45.
Reggie Bullock and Maxi Kleber, two long-range specialists from Dallas, missed all 12 of their combined 3 and were 0-15 overall. Both went scoreless, offsetting Spencer Dinwiddie’s 26 points from the bench. Jalen Brunson scored 20.
Wiggins’ dunk on Doncic was initially ruled an offensive foul midway through the fourth quarter. The Warriors contested, and the ruling was that Wiggins’ elbow to Doncic was an accidental contact, giving Golden State a 93-83 lead.
About a minute later, Wiggins, who had 11 rebounds, quickly moved down the right baseline for a follow-up dunk on a Curry misfire as the Warriors extended their NBA record with a 26th straight series in which they have won at least one game on the road.
One of Dinwiddie’s 3-pointers put Dallas within five points with 1:15 remaining, but Jordan Poole responded with one from the left wing just in the final minute.
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The tensest moment of the series came at the end of the first half after a corner 3 from Curry capped an 8-0 run who put the Warriors ahead by one point and helped them lead 48-47 at halftime. And that left Curry confused.
Curry ran the length of the field with his tongue hanging out after Dallas called time out. As he made his way back to his bench, Curry drove past Doncic with teammate Juan Toscano-Anderson close by.
Doncic appeared to dispute something Toscano-Anderson said and walked to the Golden State bench before officials as well as coaches and players from both teams intervened. Meanwhile, Draymond Green and injured Dallas guard Tim Hardaway Jr. traded disagreements about 45 feet apart.
After the timeout, Curry could be seen saying, “What happened?” and approached Doncic to talk about it. The trade ended with Green as a peacemaker with Doncic.
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Warriors: Green was given a technical foul, his second in the series, after a lengthy conversation with official Marc Davis when he was called for a backcourt violation when he hastily tried to drop back over the halfway line to catch an unexpected long pass from Curry. The crowd was screaming for a technique and finally got it. Seconds later, Green was called for his first foul and didn’t like the call. But he took his complaint to his own bench instead of the refereeing team. … Otto Porter Jr., who averaged 10.5 points on 82 percent shooting in the first two games, limped to the locker room in the first half and was ruled out with foot pain left.
Mavericks: Bullock won the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Award. He has been active in the LGBTQ+ community. His sister, a transgender woman, was killed in 2014. Bullock worked with several organizations in the Dallas area after signing as a free agent in the offseason and has long been active in similar pursuits in his Carolina Native North. … Dorian Finney-Smith got a technical early in the second half for an elbow to the back of Green after a free kick taken at Dallas.