What we learned as Wiggins stars in Warriors’ pivotal win vs. Mavs

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What we learned as Wiggins stars in Warriors’ pivotal win vs. Mavs originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO – Andrew Wiggins scored 12 of his team-high 23 points in the third quarter, and the Warriors benefited from two goal-tending calls in the final three minutes as they held on for a crucial 104-100 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday at Chase Center.

Stephen Curry had 13 points, seven assists and seven rebounds at to help the Warriors win their fifth straight. It’s the third time this season that Golden State has won five in a row.

The game got close again in the final moments after Kyrie Irving made two free throws to cut the gap to 102-100 with 15 seconds left.

Klay Thompson was intentionally fouled and made both free throws to secure the victory.

Golden State inched closer to clinching a playoff spot with the victory. The Warriors (41-34) moved three games up on the Houston Rockets in the chase for the No. 10 spot in the Western Conference, with seven regular-season games remaining. The Rockets lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves earlier in the day.

Golden State clung to a 94-92 lead late in the fourth quarter when Draymond Green appeared to get his shot blocked by Dallas’ Daniel Gafford. But Gafford was whistled for goal-tending, increasing the Warriors lead to 96-92.

Green later tried to tip-in a miss by Curry but the Mavericks were called for goal-tending again.

A few moments later, Green blocked a shot by Gafford, grabbed the rebound then tossed it up the court before flexing as the crowd at Chase Center roared.

Thompson scored 14 points. Green added 11 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

It’s the Warriors’ first win in three games against the Mavericks this season. That should give Golden State some momentum over the final seven games. These two teams play each other again Friday in Dallas.

The Warriors got off to a slow start and trailed 9-0 before many fans had even found their seats. After Wiggins helped them come back to lead at the end of the first quarter, the game stayed tight up until the end.

Here are the takeaways from Tuesday’s game:

Wiggs back in form

Coming off…

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Publish date : 2024-04-03 04:45:22

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