Steinmetz's Instant Replay: Warriors 105, Mavericks 101 (OT)

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Steinmetz's Instant Replay: Warriors 105, Mavericks 101 (OT)

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Warriors 105, Mavericks 101 (overtime)Player of the game: Stephen Curry, who had 31 points and nine assists, owned the fourth quarter and overtime for the Warriors. Curry scored the last eight points in regulation, then had six points in overtime. Curry also had the key assist of the game, a nice feed to David Lee that Lee turned into bucket and a 101-99 lead.It was a huge win, Curry said. Obviously, we started (the trip) great in Minnesota. And for us to get a win on a back-to-back on the road against a team were going to be fighting for one of those last spots It would have been a long flight home, but well have some smiles on it.Key stretch: With the Warriors holding a two-point lead and a half-minute remaining in overtime, Golden State needed a stop and got it.The Warriors finally were able to get the ball out of O.J. Mayos hands and it ended up with Shawn Marion. But Marion missed a tough shot, and the Warriors brought it home.Late-game craziness: The Warriors had a chance to win it at the end of regulation, but couldnt get it done. But it was the way they couldnt get it done that was most troubling.With the score tied 90-90, Harrison Barnes got a great look in the lane but came up a little short with a jumper and 22 seconds left. But Barnes got the rebound and kicked it out to Klay Thompson with about 20 seconds left. Rather than hold it for the final shot, Thompson launched a 3-pointer and it missed, giving Dallas the final possession in regulation.It wasnt as though Thompson was feeling it on this night, either. In fact, that miss made him 2-for-14 for the game.The Mavericks, however, failed to take advantage. Vince Carter took an off-balance 17-footer and missed, sending the game into overtime.Curry tweak: Curry seemed to tweak his right ankle in the fourth quarter, after falling awkwardly while trying to convert a drive in the lane.Curry penetrated to his right and went up against Bernard James, who tried to block the shot. James didnt get the ball, but he and Curry collided.When Curry hit the ground, he was visibly frustrated. Curry missed most of last season with right ankle issues.The good news was that Curry remained in the game despite looking a touch hobbled.I got hung up and landed on it, Curry said. As long as I can walk and run, Im going to play. Ive been through this a lot so its nothing new for me.Sloppy half: The first half wasnt much of an aesthetic exhibition, but the Warriors were the ones on top after a brutal half so it probably didnt bother them as much.The Warriors shot just 37.5 percent in the first half, while the Mavericks shot 32.5 percent. Dallas missed enough shots and so did the Warriors for there to be 58 rebounds in the first half. Golden State got 36 of those rebounds, with Lee pulling down 12.Each teams backcourts were brutal shooting the ball in the half. Curry and Thompson combined to shoot 4-for-18 from the floor, with Thompson missing all seven of his attempts.Darren Collison and O.J. Mayo combined to shoot 1-for-10 from the field in the first half.Gritty start: The Warriors didnt exactly have their A-game when things started, but they were scrappy enough and active enough to lead 23-20 after a quarter.What was most impressive about that three-point lead was that it came with Curry and Thompson combining to shoot 1-for-10 from the field.As a team, the Warriors shot just 35.7 percent through 12 minutes, but they made up for it with 18 rebounds, including six on the offensive end.Injury update: The Warriors were without small forward Richard Jefferson, who missed the game because of a strained right calf.Center Andrew Bogut also missed Mondays game as he continues to rehab in Los Angeles under the supervision of his surgeon, Dr. Richard Ferkel. Of the Warriors 11 games so far this season, Bogut has played four.The Warriors also were without Brandon Rush, who will miss the regular season because of a torn ACL in his left knee.

Feeling more comfortable, West cleaning up Warriors' messes down stretch

Feeling more comfortable, West cleaning up Warriors' messes down stretch

OAKLAND -- David West is as much a cleanup man as he is a basketball player.

The veteran power forward, masquerading as a center for the Warriors, cleans up behind teammates, cleans the clocks of opponents and probably cleans his plate after every meal. And he’d hit fourth in any baseball manager’s batting order.

The Warriors during their renaissance haven’t had such a personality. They’ve been a fun bunch, enjoying life, each other and their pillaging of the NBA.

West, 36, brings a more laconic dynamic, and it’s on full display as the Warriors lean into the final weeks of this regular season. He’s a leader who is producing and, more and more, winning over a fan base that was somewhat skeptical early this season.

“David West has been playing brilliantly,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Friday night, after West came off the bench for a highly efficient 14-minute stint in a 114-100 win over the Kings.

Showcasing sharp passing, splendid shooting, solid rim protection and his usual old-jerky toughness, West totaled 8 points, four assists, three rebounds, three blocks and one steal. The Warriors were plus-8 when he was on the floor.

Such production, it seems, is a bit of a bonus.

“He’s been very good for us as a veteran leader,” Draymond Green said. “He’s been playing well, but just his presence also has meant a lot to this team.

“D-West is just kind of a no-bull---- type of a guy. He doesn’t say much. But when he does, you know it means a lot. And everybody hears him.”

Said West: “It’s just about adjusting and learning personalities. Obviously, this group has been very successful. I just try to add my 2 cents where I feel like it fits. Try not to over-talk people. I speak to guys directly and just make sure that we’re all on the same page.”

West is in his 14th season. Drafted by the New Orleans Hornets in 2003, he also has played for the Pacers and, last season, the Spurs, before joining the Warriors in July.

The question at the time was whether he still had a lot to give. West is a two-time All-Star and one of the most widely respected players in the league. But did he still have the legs to compete at a high level?

The answer is visible, particularly over the past month, since he returned from fractured left thumb on Feb. 23. West is shooting 53.0 percent from the field, he’s rebounding consistently and he has proven to be a spectacularly good passer -- easily one of the best in the league among big men.

Earlier this week, to quell any lingering concerns about how much athleticism he still has, West rose up and dunked over a crowd of three Dallas Mavericks. It was clock-cleaning at its finest.

“I’m just getting more comfortable,” West said, referring to his game and his locker-room influence. “We’ve developed good chemistry, communicating, harping on our defense more than anything else at this moment, because we feel that’s going to give us a chance if shots aren’t falling.”

West is on a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum, $1.55 million. He sacrificed bigger dollars for a chance at his first championship. He’s doing his part. And he neither takes nor leaves any mess.

Warriors set franchise record, match 1985-86 Showtime Lakers

Warriors set franchise record, match 1985-86 Showtime Lakers

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For the 44th time in the 2016-17 season, the Warriors dished out 30-plus assists in one game. Not only does that set a franchise record, Golden State is also the first to do so since one of the greatest teams in NBA history. 

On a Steph Curry heave down the court that resulted in an Andre Iguodala running reverse dunk with 38 seconds left in the third quarter, the Warriors made history with their 31st assist of the game. The nifty assist made the Warriors the first team since the 1985-86 Showtime Lakers to hand out more than 30 assists 44 times in one season.

Last season, when the Warriors set an NBA record record with 73 wins, the team finished 43 games with the feat.

The '85-86 Lakers were looking to repeat as NBA champions 31 years ago but came up short in five games to Hakeem Olajuwon and the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals. 

Golden State finsihed Friday night with 37 assists in a 114-100 win over the Kings. Curry led the way with 12 dimes.