Warriors outlast Mavericks; extend play-in lead over Rockets

Apr 2, 2024, 9:51 PM | Updated: Apr 3, 2024, 6:38 am

Kyrie Irving #11 of the Dallas Mavericks is guarded by Chris Paul #3 of the Golden State Warriors d...

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 02: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Dallas Mavericks is guarded by Chris Paul #3 of the Golden State Warriors during the second half at Chase Center on April 02, 2024 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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Andrew Wiggins led a balanced attack with 23 points, Draymond Green made key plays late in the game and the Golden State Warriors snapped the Dallas Mavericks’ seven-game winning streak with a 104-100 victory Tuesday night in San Francisco.

The Warriors (41-34) won their fifth straight game as they attempt to secure a playoff spot. They outfinished the Mavericks (45-30) after Dallas’ Tim Hardaway Jr. jumper forged the game’s final tie at 92-all with 4:28 to go.

Klay Thompson gave Golden State the lead for good with an 11-footer with 3:48 remaining before Green took over.

He drew goaltending calls on Daniel Gafford on a layup and P.J. Washington on a tip-in attempt, single-handedly increasing the Golden State advantage to six.

Green then flashed his former Defensive Player of the Year form at the Dallas end of the court, turning away Gafford on a dunk attempt, retrieving the rebound and, 21 seconds later, converting a layup for a 100-92 lead.

The Mavericks, who were attempting to finish off an unbeaten five-game trip, used 3-pointers from Kyrie Irving and P.J. Washington to close the gap, and when Irving dropped in a pair of free throws with 15.0 seconds left, it was suddenly a two-point game.

But Thompson calmly dropped in a pair of foul shots with 10.3 seconds remaining, icing Golden State’s first win in three tries against the Mavericks this season.

The clubs complete their season series with a rematch Friday in Dallas.

Thompson finished with 14 points for the Warriors, as did Chris Paul, while Stephen Curry had 13, Moses Moody 12 and Green 11 to go with eight rebounds, six assists, four steals and his key block.

Rookies Trayce Jackson-Davis and Brandin Podziemski had 10 rebounds apiece for Golden State, while Curry added seven rebounds and seven assists.

Luka Doncic posted a triple-double with game-highs in points (30), rebounds (12) and assists (11) for the Mavericks. Sidekick Irving went for 27 points, while Washington added 20 and Daniel Gafford 10 to go with eight rebounds.

The triple-double was Doncic’s 20th of the season.

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