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Stephen Curry is an all-time great, Luka Doncic is on the short list of the best current players in the league, and Draymond Green and Klay Thompson could be on their way to Hall of Fame careers.
But it was Andrew Wiggins who stole the show in Sunday’s Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals.
The Golden State Warriors forward finished with 27 points, 11 rebounds (six offensive), three assists and one jaw-dropping dunk over Doncic while helping lead his team to a 109-100 victory and commanding 3-0 series lead.
While the dunk that was initially called an offensive foul and then ruled legal after review caught the most attention, social media also had its praises for Wiggins’ overall game:
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ANDREW WIGGINS POSTER ON LUKA 🤯 pic.twitter.com/EMwNh6mnEY
Jeremy Lin @JLin7
People will talk about the Splash Brothers. People will talk about Jordan Poole’s emergence. People should also talk about Andrew Wiggins.
A completely overqualified 4th option who quietly changes games and gives GSW a whole other dimension #GSWvsMAVS
Connor Letourneau @Con_Chron
Look, you’re right, you’re right. It’s Steph. But the fact that Andrew Wiggins has been this consistent on both ends has been huge. https://t.co/sGN560fiI9
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
So impressed by Andrew Wiggins in these playoffs. Bought into his role and became a perfect compliment to Steph / Klay / Poole. Cut his shot attempts and upped his rebounding in the postseason. Playing his ass off on defense. Role players around the league should take notice.
The No. 1 overall pick of the 2014 NBA draft has thrived in this series while playing strong defense, battling on the glass on both ends and taking advantage of the spacing created by playing alongside Curry, Thompson and even Green.
His play was even more important in Game 3 after Otto Porter Jr. was ruled out with left foot soreness, especially since Gary Payton II and Andre Iguodala were already sidelined.
The stars also had their moments as well.
Curry dazzled on his way to a double-double of 31 points and 11 assists while turning around when the ball was still in the air on one three and then shimmying after another.
Doncic did what he could to keep the Mavericks in the game with 40 points and 11 boards, but it was not enough to overcome the Curry and Wiggins one-two punch.
Wiggins and the Warriors will now attempt to finish the sweep in Tuesday’s Game 4.