He did it once more. Stephen Curry had a spectacular night to guide this Sunday to the Golden State Warriors in a 109-100 win over the Dallas Mavericks and they took the lead 3-0 in the Western Conference Final Series NBA. Yes, they were one game away from the grand final.
Curry excelled on the court with 31 points and 11 assists, followed by Andrew Wiggins, who overflowed with 27 points, and Klay Thompson with 17 points and seven sacks. On the other hand, the Mavericks were unable to take advantage of the magic of Slovenian Luka Doncic, who once again stood out offensively with 40 points and 11 rebounds.
The fourth game will be played on Tuesday at the same venue at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The winner of this cap will face in the NBA grand final the champion of the Eastern Conference, which is disputed by the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics, led by the former by 2-1.
Of Klay Thompson’s 19 points, six of them came on a pair of big 3-pointers in the fourth quarter when the Warriors came within a win of returning to the NBA Finals, three years after the end of a streak of five consecutive trips that gave him three championships.
Golden State, which swept Portland in its most recent West finals in 2019 before Toronto won the title, will look for the Game 4 sweep Tuesday at Dallas. No team has ever recovered from a 3-0 deficit to win an NBA playoff series.
Andrew Wiggins reacts and his triumphant joy. (AP)
3-pointers were a disaster for the Mavericks on a difficult night in this regard, as they missed their first seven and finished just 13-of-45.. Reggie Bullock and Maxi Kleber, two long-range specialists from Dallas, missed all 12 of their combined 3-pointers and went 0-15 overall. Both went scoreless while Spencer Dinwiddie had 26 off the bench. Jalen Brunson contributed 20 points.
The Warriors extended their NBA record with their 26th consecutive series in which they 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 answered with another from the left wing just inside the final minute.
Curry celebrates like this. (AP)
The tensest moment of the game came late in the first half after a 3-point corner kick by Curry, who capped an 8-0 run that put the Warriors ahead by one point and helped them take a 48-47 halftime lead.
After a 19-9 offense in the third quarter allowed the Warriors to take off with an 11-point difference (67-56). Finally, the quarter ended in favor of the Warriors 30-21 to lead the game at that time 78-68 and everything was ready to continue looking for victory.
Doncic nailed 40 points but it was not enough. (EFE)
The schedule and results of the conference finals of the NBA Playoffs 2021-22
— EASTERN CONFERENCE:
-Miami Heat (1st seed) vs. Boston Celtics (2nd) (Heat leads series 2-1)
Tuesday, May 17: Heat – Celtics 118-107
Thursday, May 19: Heat – Celtics 102-127
Saturday May 21: Celtics – Heat 103-109
Monday May 23: Celtics – Heat
Wednesday, May 25: Heat – Celtics
Friday, May 27: Celtics – Heat (if necessary)
Sunday, May 29: Heat – Celtics (if necessary)
— WESTERN CONFERENCE:
– Golden State Warriors (3rd) vs. Dallas Mavericks (4th) (Warriors lead series 3-0)
Wednesday, May 18: Warriors – Mavericks 112-87
Friday May 20: Warriors – Mavericks 126-117
Sunday May 22: Mavericks – Warriors 100-109
Tuesday May 24: Mavericks – Warriors
Thursday May 26: Warriors – Mavericks (if necessary)
Saturday May 28: Mavericks – Warriors (if necessary)
Monday, May 30: Warriors – Mavericks (if necessary)
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NBA Playoffs: a superstar Curry put Golden State 3-0 against Dallas