Curry Rallies Warriors Past Mavericks
OAKLAND (CBS / AP) — Stephen Curry made a pull-up jumper with 1.5 seconds remaining to cap a sensational fourth quarter, rallying the Golden State Warriors from 18 points down to beat the Dallas Mavericks 95-93 on Wednesday night.
Curry scored 16 of his 33 points in the final period. He finished with nine assists, four rebounds and another big shot in a young career already full of them.
With the clock winding down, Curry dribbled on the perimeter, came off a screen and faked a shot to send Shawn Marion jumping past him. Curry then made a 19-footer to give Golden State the lead for good.
Jose Calderon heaved a desperation shot at the buzzer that was never close.
Harrison Barnes scored 17 points, David Lee added 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Andrew Bogut grabbed a season-high 18 rebounds to help the Warriors overcome 18 turnovers and a sloppy start.
Monta Ellis and Dirk Nowitzki each scored 21 points, and Calderon finished with 18 points as Dallas finished 2-2 on its road trip.
Curry made consecutive 3-pointers to tie the game at 82 midway through the fourth quarter. Nowitzki scored the next four points before Curry’s pull-up jumper.
Ellis, a former Warriors fan favorite who was traded to Milwaukee for Bogut two years ago, answered with a pair of key scores late, including a layup through traffic that gave the Mavericks a 92-86 lead. Curry came back with a four-point play, getting fouled by Calderon as he made a 3 before hitting the free throw.
After another defensive stop, reserve Draymond Green hit a 3-pointer with 49.9 seconds to play that put the Warriors up 93-92 — their first lead since the opening quarter.
Ellis made one of two free throws to tie the game. After Curry and Ellis each missed shots, Curry came off a screen and juked Marion to make the biggest play of the night.
The Warriors played seven of their previous eight on the road, going 4-4 during that stretch. They opened a string of seven of the next nine at home, returning to Oracle Arena short-handed.
Andre Iguodala missed his 10th straight game with what the team has called a strained left hamstring. And backup center Jermaine O’Neal sat out with a right wrist injury.
Dallas started the game determined to end its road trip on a winning note.
Calderon, Ellis and Nowitzki directed Dallas to big leads throughout the first half. Nowitzki capped the spurt by making a pair of high-arching 3s to put the Mavericks ahead 52-34.
Curry pumped some life into the announced sellout crowd of 19,596 when he made a 3-pointer that twice bounced on the rim and the backboard before it dropped. The shot sliced Dallas’ lead to six, and the Mavericks closed the third quarter ahead just 72-66 despite controlling most of the game.
NOTES: O’Neal is deciding whether to have surgery, which will likely end his season, or wait to see if his wrist heals enough for him to play. … Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said G Devin Harris, who is recovering from a foot injury, had some swelling in his left big toe after practicing during the road trip. Harris had hoped to return in mid-December but likely won’t play until after Christmas. … WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward was in attendance.
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