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 by: Robin Miller - Thu, 4 Apr 2024 20:11 UTC

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

By Michael Wagaman

• Published April 2, 2024

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

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 one of his worst shooting games of the 2023-24 season,
Wiggins got off to another slow start against the Mavs before finding
his stroke in the second half.

Wiggins, who missed five of his first seven attempts and was minus-1 in
the first half, was much sharper in the third quarter. He nailed four of
his first five shots coming out of the break and put up 12 of the
Warriors’ 31 points in the third quarter.

Wiggs also spent a considerable amount of time guarding Luka Doncic, who
was steady all game, scoring 30 points while taking 20 shots. Few of his
shots were wide open, as Wiggins and others tried to contain him.

With seven games left in the regular season, Wiggins is truly the X
factor for Golden State. When he’s off, the offense tends to sputter.
But when he’s shooting in stride like he was against Dallas, there is
just a different, more confident feel to things.

Bench bunch comes through again

Golden State’s bench continues to be one of the NBA’s best and showed
why again while helping spark the win over Dallas.

Like he has most of the year, Paul provided a big spark with his
scoring, play-making and directing the second unit. Paul shot 6 of 11
and dished out five assists.

Rookie Brandin Podziemski also came through with another solid
all-around effort, proving why the Warriors coaches aren’t too concerned
about his scoring. He had five points, 10 rebounds and five assists.

Self-inflicted pain

A large chunk of the issues that the Warriors had against the Mavs were
caused more by themselves than anything Dallas did.

Golden State played pretty well defensively but missed numerous open
shots and once again had trouble taking care of the ball. The Warriors
committed 17 turnovers that led to 25 points.

Everyone was guilty. Curry appeared to miss a pair of layups that hit
the side of the backboard then made another turnover in the third
quarter when he dribbled the ball off his foot.

Turnovers have been an issue for the Warriors for several seasons. It
comes with their high-paced play. It’s also one of the reasons during
the 2023-24 season that the team has been unable to consistently find a
smooth rhythm on offense.

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