Golden State on verge of NBA series sweep
Stephen Curry scored 31 points and Andrew Wiggins added 27 as the Golden State Warriors beat the Dallas Mavericks 109-100 for a 3-0 lead in the NBA Western Conference finals.
Klay Thompson scored 19 with a pair of big fourth-quarter 3-pointers as the Warriors moved within a victory of a return to the NBA Finals, three years after the end of a run of five consecutive trips that yielded three championships.
Golden State, who swept Portland in their most recent West finals in 2019 before Toronto won the title, go for the sweep in Game 4 in Dallas.
No team has rallied from 3-0 down to win an NBA playoff series.
Luka Doncic scored 40 and beat the first-quarter buzzer with a 32-footer that got the crowd going with the Mavericks again at home trailing 2-0, as they did against top-seeded Phoenix before winning the West semi-final series in seven games.
It was a rough night from 3-point range for the Mavericks, who missed their first seven and finished 13 of 45.
Reggie Bullock and Maxi Kleber, two long-range specialists for Dallas, missed all 12 of their 3s combined and were 0-15 overall.
Both went scoreless, offsetting Spencer Dinwiddie's 26 points off the bench. Jalen Brunson scored 20.
A spectacular Wiggins dunk over Doncic was originally ruled an offensive foul midway through the fourth quarter.
The Warriors challenged, and the ruling was Wiggins' elbow to Doncic was incidental contact, giving Golden State a 93-83 lead.
About a minute later, Wiggins, who had 11 rebounds, moved quickly down the right baseline for a follow dunk on a miss by Curry as the Warriors extended their NBA record with a 26th consecutive series in which they won at least one road game.
"That number is crazy," Curry declared. "When you're up 2-0 and you come on the road and try to get control of the series ... that's huge. We obviously know the job is not done. We get to play with house money on Tuesday and try to get it done."
One of Dinwiddie's 3-pointers got Dallas within five points with 1:15 remaining, but Jordan Poole answered with one from the left wing just inside the final minute.
"I love the position we're in," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "I love the fact that our team came in and got the win tonight. This was the one we felt like we had to get. Coming here up 2-0, you've got to take advantage of your momentum."
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