Described as a “bad basketball player” just two years ago, Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins helped the Golden State Warriors to a 3-0 lead against Dallas in the NBA on Monday (AEST) with the last laugh of all-time playoff performance. Western Conference Final.
Wiggins, who finished with 27 points and 11 rebounds in the Warriors’ 109-100 win, sent the NBA into a recession that would probably come down as the dunk of the year.
The Warriors took an eight-point lead in the middle of the fourth quarter after Dallas overcame a 12-point deficit, making Wiggins the play-off game of the game and possibly the best game of the year, when he beat Mavericks superstar Luka Donsic. .
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The only downside to Wiggins’ thunderous dunk was that the game was ruled an offensive foul, creating a successful two-point basket by blocking his celebration before reversing the Warriors coach’s challenging decision.
It was a moment that highlighted the incredible transformation of the former No. 1 draft pick since trading with the Warriors in 2020.
This season was special for the first time in his career gaining NBA All-Star Consent, so he also had a number of playoffs, averaging just 15 points per game and about two three-pointers per game, shooting 42 percent three-points.
It was only two years ago that big-name American basketball pundit Nick Wright, who boasts of nearly 500,000 Twitter followers, labeled Warriors Trade for sending All-Star Guard D’Angelo Russell in a package for the Wiggins, who owed 134 million. For three years, a disaster.
“Andrew Wiggins is a bad basketball player. He owes $ 95M over the next 3 years starting next year. The Warriors did it. It’s unbelievable. … It’s over for them now. We won’t see Steff in another NBA final.”
Opinion trends on social media after the victory, leaving Wright to admit his “the saddest television reception”.
Meanwhile, Stephen Curry scored 31 points and Clay Thompson scored 19 with a pair of big fourth-quarter three-pointers as the Warriors went into a win to return to the NBA Finals, three years after completing five consecutive trips. That yields three championships.
The Golden State, which swept Portland to its most recent West final in 2019 before winning the Toronto title, went on to sweep the fourth game in Dallas. Neither team came down 3-0 to win the NBA Play-Off Series.
Donsick scored 40 and beat the first-quarter market with a 32-footer that allowed the crowd to go back 2-0 to the Mavericks at home, as they did against top-seeded Phoenix before winning the Western Semi-final series in seven games. .
But that shake-induced bucket was a blip from the three-point range to an otherwise rough night for the Mavericks, who missed their first seven and finished 13 out of 45.
Reggie Bullock and Maxi Kleber, two long-range experts in Dallas, missed all 12 of their 3 and were 0-15 overall. Both were goalless, with Spencer offsetting 26 points off Dinweed’s bench. Jalen Brunson scored 20 runs.
– With AP
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