Instant Replay: Curry's game-winner lifts Warriors over Mavs

Instant Replay: Curry's game-winner lifts Warriors over Mavs
April 1, 2014, 7:15 pm
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Stephen Curry reacts after hitting the game-winning shot against the Mavericks. (USATSI)


It looked like a playoff game, felt like a playoff game and 48 minutes were not enough for the Warriors and Mavericks on Tuesday night.

Stephen Curry's 3-pointer with .01 left in overtime gave the Warriors a 122-120 victory over the Mavericks at American Airlines Center in Dallas.

The Warriors (46-28) put virtually three games between themselves and Dallas (44-31) and pretty much assured themselves a spot in the Western Conference playoffs.

They did with starting power forward David Lee sitting on the bench in street clothes and starting center Andrew Bogut back hom in San Francisco.

Curry finished with 23 points and 10 assists, bracing a Warriors attack that saw five players finish in double figures.

Klay Thompson led the way with a team-high 27. Jermaine O'Neal finished with 20 points and eight rebounds. And then there was Andre Iguodala's line: 16 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

Jordan Crawford came off the bench to deliver 19 points in 16 minutes.

The Warriors fought and battled and maybe even bled, and it almost was not enough to overcome the performance of an old friend in a Mavericks uniform. Monta Ellis scored 27 points and had a terrific fourth quarter for the Mavericks, who were led by Dirk Nowitzki's 33 points.

This was another virtuoso performance by Curry, who was efficient and explosive and punctuated another huge Warriors win.

Crawford was huge off the bench, allowing Curry to get some much-needed rest in a game where the pace was relentless.

Green was all over the place, making an impact at both ends but particularly on defense, and Iguodala was priceless, making comprehensive contributions.

This one was in doubt until the final second. The ultimate turning point was Curry's game-winning 3-pointer, giving the Warriors their seventh buzzer-beating win of the season.

Another key segment came early in the third quarter, when the Warriors, trailing by nine (62-53) at the half, opened with an 8-1 run to come within two. The teams were never more than five points apart for the remainder of the game.

PF David Lee (strained right hamstring) did not play Tuesday and is doubtful for Wednesday. C Andrew Bogut (pelvis/groin contusion) is not on the trip and hopes to return Friday. C Festus Ezeli (right knee surgery rehabilitation) is out.

The Warriors left Dallas and went directly to San Antonio, where on Wednesday night they face the Spurs at AT&T Center. The Warriors have lost all three previous meetings this season and are in danger of being swept by the Spurs for the fourth time in five seasons.

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