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

Stephen Curry scored 13 points, seven assists and seven rebounds 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 was close again in the final moments after Kyrie Irving made two free throws to reduce 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 moved a little closer to clinching a playoff spot with the win. The Warriors (41-34) moved three games ahead of the Houston Rockets in the fight for the No. 10 spot in the Western Conference, with seven games remaining in the regular season. The Rockets lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves that same day.

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

Green later tried to take advantage of a Curry miss, but the Mavericks were penalized again for guarding the goal.

A few moments later, Green blocked a Gafford shot, grabbed the rebound and drove it down 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 is 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 will meet again on Friday in Dallas.

The Warriors got off to a slow start and trailed 9-0 before many fans found their seats. After Wiggins helped them regain the lead late in the first quarter, the game remained close until the end.

Here are the takeaways from Tuesday’s game:

Wiggs back in form

After 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 scored -1 in the first half, was much more accurate in the third quarter. He made four of his first five shots after the break and scored 12 of the Warriors’ 31 points in the third quarter.

Wiggs also spent a considerable amount of time guarding Luka Doncic, who was steady throughout the game, scoring 30 points and taking 20 shots. Few of his shots were 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 not there, the offense tends to falter. But when he shoots calmly like he did against Dallas, there’s a different, safer feel to things.

The bank group appears again

Golden State’s bench remains one of the best in the NBA and they showed why again by helping spark the victory over Dallas.

As he has done most of the year, Paul provided a big spark with his scoring, his playmaking and his direction of the second unit. Paul shot 6 of 11 and dished out five assists.

Rookie Brandin Podziemski also turned in another solid all-around effort, showing why Warriors coaches aren’t too worried about his scoring. He had five points, 10 rebounds and five assists.

self-inflicted pain

A lot of the problems the Warriors had against the Mavs were caused more by themselves than by anything Dallas did.

Golden State played fairly well defensively, but missed numerous open shots and once again struggled to take care of the ball. The Warriors committed 17 turnovers that resulted in 25 points.

They were all guilty. Curry appeared to miss a pair of layups that hit the side of the backboard and then committed another turnover in the third quarter when he dribbled the ball with his foot.

Turnovers have been a problem for the Warriors for several seasons. It comes with his high-paced game. It is also one of the reasons during the 2023-24 season why the team has not been able to consistently find a fluid rhythm on offense.

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