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

Steinmetz's Instant Replay: Warriors 105, Mavericks 101 (OT)
November 20, 2012, 4:23 am
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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.

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