With excitement filling the American Airlines Center, the Dallas Mavericks look to use their homecourt advantage to even the series in the next 2 games. The Golden State Warriors seems to have the momentum of the playoffs in their hands and aim to extend their lead to 3-0 to seal their chances of going into the NBA Finals.
The Dallas Mavericks went with their starting lineup of Luka Doncic, Jalen Brunson, Reggie Bullock, Dorian Finney-Smith and Dwight Powell. The Golden State Warriors started with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green and Kevon Looney.
With the opening tip, the arena was filed with anticipation as the Mavericks and the Warriors clashed heads. The Mavericks scored the first points on the board with a free throw from Luka Doncic. Kevon Looney scored the first points for the Warriors with a layup.
The Warriors seemed better offensively as they were taking time making their shots. The Mavericks were led by Luka Doncic who carried the Mavericks offense. However, their reliance on the 3-point shot was costing them valuable possessions again like it happened in Games 1 and 2.
In the 2nd quarter, it was the Warriors who were missing their shots from 3-point land. The Mavericks were missing as well but the players were pulling their own weight going on the offense. Both teams defense was incredibly good as they were contesting every shot on the perimeter. But their interior was open and they were driving through the open lane. The game was tied at the end of the 1st half with a scoreline of 48-48.
The 3rd quarter is where the Warriors make most of their points and this game was no different. The Warriors completely destroyed the Mavericks interior as they attacked the rim and took the midrange shots. Stephen Curry led the offense as he drove to the basket and took his time in making the 3-point shots.
The Mavericks were having a rough time as they were moving the ball well but they weren’t able to execute the finishing touch. Spencer Dinwiddie provided some spark of offense after coming off the bench. The Mavericks slowed the pace of the game down a lot but that isn’t what is needed. They should have played at a fast pace to keep themselves close with the Warriors.
In the 4th quarter, it was like all hands on deck for the Mavericks as they were trying to defend a sinking ship. The Warriors kept on with their scoring spree and defensively they were fending off the Mavericks half-hearted offense. In the final minutes, Luka went berserk on the offensive end but it was too late as the final buzzer sounded.
Luka Doncic led both teams in scoring with a double-double of 40 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal and 2 blocks. Spencer Dinwiddie came off the bench and put up 26 points, 2 rebounds and an assist. Jalen Brunson followed them up with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Unfortunately, these were the only Mavericks player to score in double-digits.
Stephen Curry led the Warriors in scoring with a double-double of 31 points, 11 assists and 5 rebounds. Andrew Wiggins was the x-factor in the match as he put up a double-double of 27 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists. Klay Thompson came had a decent game as well as he put up 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists.
Takeaways from Game 3
The Golden State Warriors were successful in their attempt to claim Game 3 and they did with a scoreline of 109-100. The Warriors are now one foot in the NBA Finals as they have a 3-0 lead in the series. For the Mavericks this might be the end of their playoff run as no team has come back from being down 0-3. The Mavericks are a great team but it is a matter of experience and they lacked in that aspect.