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Curry's 3-pointer lifts Warriors over Mavericks

Published:Friday | January 5, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (centre) drives past Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (right) during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Dallas on Wednesday night.

DALLAS (AP):

The Dallas Mavericks were left shaking their heads at Stephen Curry's shot-making ability - and how they let him get one last great look at the basket.

Curry's long 3-pointer with three seconds to play allowed the Golden State Warriors to escape with a 125-122 win over the Mavericks on Wednesday night after blowing a double-digit lead in the final four minutes.

On their final possession, the Warriors gave Curry the inbounds pass. A crossover dribble and a screen from Draymond Green were all he needed to get a clean look from 28 feet, which hit nothing but net. Dallas, with a foul to give, didn't take it.

"Too open of a look for a game-winner for the greatest shooter in the game," longtime Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki said.

Curry finished with 32 points, and has 70 in two games since returning from an ankle injury. Golden State's 'Big Four' combined for 100 points, and the Warriors needed every one of them against a Mavericks team that had won four straight.

"Draymond set a great screen," Curry said. "I caught Yogi (Ferrell) by surprise and was able to get to my spot and knock it down. I have confidence to take the shot and make it and finish the game."

Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson had 25 points each, and Green added 18 to go with 10 rebounds.

Wesley Matthews led the Mavericks with 22 points, including seven 3-pointers, and Dwight Powell tied his career high with 21.

 

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Dallas, playing from behind most of the game, wouldn't go away despite trailing 114-102 with 4:32 left. Three turnovers by the Warriors and some cold shooting, combined with a sudden hot streak by the Mavs, enabled Dallas to tie the score at 120 on Harrison Barnes' jumper with 39.9 seconds to play.

"I was smiling at the idea that we could be completely brain dead out there," Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. "All I could do was laugh. It was like grade-school stuff the last few minutes."

Wednesday's results: Houston 116 Orlando 98; Philadelphia 112 San Antonio 106; Washington 121 New York 103; Brooklyn 98 Minnesota 97; Miami 111 Detroit 104; Boston 102 Cleveland 88; Milwaukee 122 Indiana 101; Toronto 124 Chicago 115; Golden State 125 Dallas 122; Denver 134 Phoenix 111; New Orleans 108 Utah 98; Oklahoma City 133 LA Lakers 96.