NBA Finals Golden State Warriors vs. Dallas Mavericks, Game 3: Andrew Wiggins dunks over Luka Doncic after Steph Curry taunt

Luka Doncic almost led his Dallas Mavericks to a win in the NBA Conference Finals, but he learned a valuable lesson about making fun of Steph Curry.

The Golden State Warriors are just one win away from booking a spot in the NBA Finals after a 109-100 win over the Dallas Mavericks in Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference Finals.

The result saw the Warriors extend the series lead to 3-0, in what would be the franchise’s sixth finals appearance in eight years.

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However, it had nothing to do with Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic, who had a game-high 40 points and 11 rebounds, but could inspire his team to the W.

It’s the second game in a row that Doncic has scored 40 points, but ended up on the losing end.

But Doncic’s ongoing battle with Warriors star Steph Curry seemed to heat up once again, with the Slovenian giant going toe-to-toe with the American once again.

After Curry’s wild “night, night” ejection in the crushing Game 2 victory, Doncic was quick to mock Curry’s trademark shimmy after draining a deep buzzer-beater to end the first quarter.

Doncic and Curry had to be separated by their teams in the second quarter after a moment in which many believe Doncic should have been called for a foul.

But midway through the fourth quarter, Andrew Wiggins left the NBA in shock when he dove over Doncic to put an exclamation point on the Warriors’ lead.

Although it was initially called an offensive foul, it was successfully revised by the Warriors, meaning the points stood.

Even Doncic had to give it to Wiggins for the dunk, giving the Warriors a key 10-point lead.

“That was awesome,” Doncic said of Wiggins’ basket. “I’m not going to lie. I watched the video again and was like, ‘Ugh.’ I wish I had those bunnies.”

Curry was equally impressed by Wiggins’ dunk.

“Fourth quarter in a big win, not only because it looked good but the way it looked, it was just amazing,” Curry said. “And we were able to see 800 reps because of the challenge, so I thank you, Marc (Davis). That was good.”

When asked how he felt about the dunk, Wiggins said, “I was feeling the energy.

“When I saw the edge, that’s all I saw. They tried to take it from me, but Steve (Coach Kerr) challenged him and we won. So I thank you for that.”

NBA stars and fans were impressed with the dunk.

The Mavericks have a long way to go to bring the series to life, as no team in the 75-year history of the NBA has successfully overcome a 3-0 series deficit in the playoffs.

Curry led the Warriors in scoring with 31 points, 11 assists and five rebounds while Wiggins was exceptional with 27 points and 11 rebounds.

“It’s not over yet, but it’s not going to be easy,” Doncic said. “The Warriors are not going to give you anything easy.

“No one had us here in these Conference Finals. But I think the Warriors are playing amazing. Everyone knows their role.

“Everyone stays together. They’ve been together for a long time and I think they’re playing good basketball, so that’s what I think is going to be really hard.

“These last three games have been very difficult.”

After taking a 48-47 halftime lead, the Warriors took decisive control of the game in the third quarter.

Shortly after, Wiggins punished a reckless tackle by Doncic to claim three free throws and put Golden State up 102-89 with just over four minutes left.

There was a nervous moment for Golden State when Spencer Dinwiddie hit a 3-pointer with just over a minute left to make the five-point game 104-99.

But the Warriors’ response was ruthless, Poole hitting a soul-shattering 3-pointer to restore Golden State’s eight-point lead and effectively freeze the game with 54 seconds left on the clock.

Game 4 of the series takes place in Dallas on Tuesday.

Originally Posted as Luka Doncic posturing after making fun of Steph Curry shimmy

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