Western Conference Finals: Golden State Warriors take 3-0 lead over Dallas Mavericks

Western Conference Finals: Golden State Warriors take 3-0 lead over Dallas Mavericks

History is now on the side of the Warriors, as no team has ever come back from a 3-0 NBA playoff deficit in 146 attempts.

Steph Curry led Golden State in scoring with 31 effective points to go with 11 assists and five rebounds, while Andrew Wiggins – who slammed home a huge posterizing dunk on Mavs star Luka Doncic in the fourth quarter – took added a double-double of his own with 27 points, 11 rebounds and three assists.

“When you’re up 2-0 and you win on the road, it gives you a stranglehold and control over the series. That’s huge,” Curry told reporters.

“Obviously we know the job isn’t done, but it’s a good feeling to know we can play with the house money on Tuesday and try to get the job done.”

Doncic continued his individual playoff magic with 40 points and 11 rebounds, but was let down by a number of his teammates on a disappointing night at home.

Three of Dallas’ starters – Dorian Finney-Smith, Dwight Powell and Reggie Bullock – combined for just 12 points, while Reggie Bullock and Maxi Kleber had zero points between them in 40 and 24 minutes of action respectively.

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Stephen Curry and Juan Toscano-Anderson celebrate during the win over the Dallas Mavericks.

The Mavericks have exceeded all expectations this season, thanks in large part to the organization instilled by new head coach Jason Kidd and last season’s NBA finalists, the Phoenix Suns, in the Western Conference semifinals.

But this experienced and battle-hardened Warriors team is proving to be a step too far for a Dallas team making its first real playoff run with Doncic leading.

“It was a big lesson we learned…it’s not the end,” Kidd told reporters. “That was just the beginning and I said it on the Phoenix series, if you remember. You have great memories.”

The Warriors certainly won’t take that lead for granted; in 2016, they lost the NBA Finals after leading 3-1 to LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers and the loss is still a sore spot on this Golden State dynasty’s resume.

“Being one win away from the final means absolutely nothing,” Draymond Green told reporters. “You have to win one more game, and this game won’t be easy.

“So we have to make sure we come in with an even better level of focus than we did tonight. Closing games are always the hardest. We have to go out and win the game. They’re not going to give it to us. .”

Game 4 is Tuesday in Dallas.

The Warriors are trying to reach their sixth NBA Finals in eight seasons and are set to face either the Miami Heat or the Boston Celtics.

The Heat currently lead this series 2-1 with Game 4 scheduled for Monday night.

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