NBA Playoffs: Warriors close in on sweep with road win in Dallas
Dallas, Texas - The Golden State Warriors moved a step closer to a sixth NBA Finals appearance since 2015 with a 109-100 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday, taking a 3-0 series lead.
After shooting six-of-10 from beyond the arc in Game 2, Steph Curry was again on fire as the series moved to Dallas, scoring 31 points on 10-of-20 shooting.
The former MVP tripped over a vendor early in the first half, but went on to overtake Mavs legend Dirk Nowitzki for career 30-point playoff games while also shooting an even 50% from the perimeter, adding 11 assists, and five rebounds.
The Warriors found the right balance and took care of the basketball while still assertively moving it, with only 10 turnovers and 28 assists off 38 made field goals for the game.
Five Warriors scored in double figures in the Game 3 win while the team finished with a 12-point margin for points in the paint (46-34).
Dubs make it all about the rebounds
Although the Warriors had a pretty disappointing shooting performance on the night, a big rebounding night from the team more than made up for it as they doubled the Mavericks in offensive rebounds (14-7) for the game.
Andrew Wiggins was critical in that respect, grabbing six offensive rebounds of his own for 11 total rebounds, along with 27 points and three assists.
The Mavs could not get anything going in the half-court and generate good attempts from the perimeter despite a high volume on home court, going 13-of-44 as a team.
Luka Dončić put up 40 points on 11-of-23 shooting along with 11 rebounds but the Warriors worked to restrict the Mavs' shooters, with Reggie Bullock and Maxi Kleber shooting a combined zero-of-12 from beyond the arc.
Dallas will try to avoid a sweep at home on Tuesday night.
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