Golden State Warriors take commanding 3-0 lead over the Dallas Mavericks
FiredUp Network Sports Writer
Sunday, May 22, 2022
The Golden State Warriors put themselves in a position where no team has ever failed in the history of the NBA going up 3-0, after defeating the Dallas Mavericks 109-100. The Warriors had control for most of this game and wouldn't lose grasp of that advantage. Despite being in a hostile environment, Golden State took care of business led by Steph Curry.
The former unanimous MVP has been stellar in the postseason thus far and continues to prove that with another outstanding performance. Curry finished with 31 points, 11 assists, and five rebounds. Compared to his superstar counterpart on the other side, he had the worst game.
Luka Doncic was sensational yet again finishing with a game-high 40 points along with 11 rebounds and three assists. The big difference is the lack of help that Luka had on his side. Other than Jalen Brunson with 20 points, and Spencer Dinwiddie with 26 points off the bench, no other Maverick was able to provide anything substantial for Dallas.
Andrew Wiggins was absolutely amazing with 27 points, including a jaw-dropping poster dunk on Doncic. On the other end of the court, he provided tough nose defense despite Luka's tally on the score sheet.
The main story of the game was the offensive rebounding by Golden State. Wiggins by himself almost had more offensive rebounds than the entire Mavericks team with six compared to their seven offensive rebounds. From their 14 total offensive boards, it led to 18 second-chance points, a huge discrepancy compared to Dallas' four points.
Reggie Bullock and Maxi Kleber were a combined 0-15 for zero points, which was one of the biggest downfalls for the Mavericks. Now they're in a position that no team has ever found themselves able to overcome being down 0-3.
Game 4 will be on Tuesday at 9 PM ET as the Dallas Mavericks will look to extend the series back to San Francisco. Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors will look to punch their ticket to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2019.