Instant Replay: Curry caps comeback with game-winner

Highlights: Warriors erase 18-point deficit to beat Mavs

Instant Replay: Curry caps comeback with game-winner
December 11, 2013, 9:45 pm
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Stephen Curry scored 33 points, including the game-winner, in the Warriors' comeback win over the Mavericks. (USATSI)


OAKLAND – Sharpshooting Stephen Curry missed the entire rim, not once but twice. Klay Thompson committed turnovers on consecutive fourth-quarter possessions, first with a bad pass and then by muffing a pass.

And Harrison Barnes missed a layup and, seconds later, nearly airballed a 3-pointer.

It's exceedingly tough to win NBA games amid such follies, yet the Warriors did exactly that, hitting Dallas with a 95-93 stunner Wednesday night at Oracle Arena.

The hero was the guy who twice missed the rim, as Curry drained a 17-foot jumper over Shawn Marion with 1.5 seconds to play.

The Warriors (13-10) trailed throughout the second and third and early fourth quarters – by as much as 18 points – but came back to avenge a loss at Dallas (13-10) two weeks ago.

STANDOUT PERFORMANCE: Curry was superb in the fourth quarter, with 16 points and zero turnovers – after committing eight through the first three quarters.

Harrison Barnes finished with 17, David Lee with 15 and Klay Thompson had 11.

Andrew Bogut was huge on the glass, grabbing a season-high 18 rebounds.

TURNING POINT: When Draymond Green whistled a skip pass to Curry, who nailed the corner trey to cut it to 3, 82-79, with 5:35 to play, the game swung toward the Warriors.

Curry nailed another 3-pointer to tie it at 82-82 with 5:09 to play. After trailing by 10 (82-72) with 8:18 to play, the Warriors outscored the Mavericks 23-11 the rest of the way.

INJURY REPORT: Backup center Jermaine O'Neal (right wrist sprain) is out indefinitely. He is scheduled to visit at specialist on Thursday, after which a course of action will be determined. Forward Andre Iguodala (strained left hamstring) is out indefinitely, as are backup centers Festus Ezeli (knee surgery) and Ognjen Kuzmic (right pinkie surgery).

WHAT'S NEXT: The Warriors play host to Houston on Friday night at Oracle Arena. The only previous matchup, a 103-83 defeat last Friday at Toyota Center, was the most decisive Warriors loss of the season. The Warriors have lost 17 of their last 21 games to the Rockets.

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