Stephen Curry game-winners never get old.
Curry’s 21-foot jumper with 0.01 seconds remaining gave the Golden State Warriors a 122-120 victory over the Dallas Mavericks in overtime in a game with huge ramifications in the Western Conference standings.
It had the intensity and tension of a playoff game, as the Warriors extended their lead to 2.5 games over the Mavericks, dropping Dallas to ninth.
The Mavericks threatened to pull away at several junctures in overtime, holding a 117-113 lead with 2:31 remaining. But a three-pointer by Klay Thompson and a Curry jumper gave the Warriors the lead. Jose Calderon knocked down a three with 42 seconds left, only to have Jermaine O’Neal tie it right back up for the Warriors at 120-120. O’Neal then blocked Monta Ellis layup-attempt (which might have been a goaltend), allowing Curry to dribble the clock out and knock down the game-winner.
The Warriors shot 57.1 percent from the field, but could not gain any separation on the Mavericks due to the fact that Golden State shot just six free throws all game, and none in the third or fourth quarters. Nonetheless, the Warriors were persistent, withstanding an onslaught of threes and jumpers by Dirk Nowitzki to end the first half and give the Mavericks a 62-53 lead at halftime. The Warriors responded by outscoring the Mavericks 32-19 in the third quarter.
Golden State entered the fourth up by four, but former Warrior Monta Ellis and the Mavericks took control against the Warriors’ bench. Ellis’ jumper gave the Mavericks a 108-105 lead with 1:15 left in regulation, but Thompson’s big three-pointer tied the game at 108-108. Neither team scored the rest of the way, resulting in an overtime.
Tale of the Tape
- Field-goal percentage: 57.1% (52-91)
- Three-point percentage: 48.4% (15-31)
- Rebounds: 44
- Assists: 33
- Turnovers: 12
- Bench points: 27
- Field-goal percentage: 49.0% (47-96)
- Three-point percentage: 46.7% (14-30)
- Rebounds: 43
- Assists: 27
- Turnovers: 8
- Bench points: 42
Good to Know
It’s the Warriors’ league-leading 6th game-winner in the final 3 secs and it’s Stephen Curry’s 3rd career such game-winner (2nd against DAL)
— GSWStats (@gswstats) April 2, 2014
What’s on Tap
The Warriors will take on the Spurs tomorrow night. Thus, the Dallas win is huge not only because of the playoff picture, but also because the Warriors have not beaten the Spurs on the road in the regular season since the Clinton administration.
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