Curry, Warriors came into Dallas to end the Mavs win streak in a back and forth offensive battle.
Talk about a nail-biter.
Though the Mavs came into tonight looking to extend a four-game win streak, all good things must come to an end. The defending champs from Golden State brought the Mavericks down to earth with a 125-122 heartbreaking loss on a Steph Curry three-pointer with three seconds remaining.
The Warriors came out firing in the first quarter as we’re all accustomed to seeing. Kevin Durant and Steph Curry combined for 25 points in the first frame to take a nine-point lead.
In the second, the two teams traded shots mirroring their early season matchup in October. Dallas kept up with the champs with solid second quarter showings from DSJ and Dirk, dwindling the Warriors lead 67-61.
Steph Curry continued his hot shooting with 20 first half points. DSJ and Dirk led the way for Dallas with 10 points apiece.
Unlike the 133-103 loss on October 23rd, the Mavs did not collapse in the third quarter. The two teams continued scoring back-and-forth, helping the Mavs cut the Warriors lead to only two after a strong third quarter from Dwight Powell.
In the final frame, the Warriors did what they do and that’s put teams away, right? Wrong. The Warriors took a double digit lead late in the fourth but those feisty Mavericks fought back, going on a 10-0 run to tie the game at 120 with just under 40 seconds remaining.
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Following a Klay Thompson layup, Harrison Barnes hit a mid-range jumper to tie the game back up at 122. As the W felt within our grasp, two-time MVP Steph Curry drained a three from the top of the key with 3.0 remaining to finish off the Mavs and draining the electricity from the AAC crowd.
The Warriors shot 52.7% on the night and were led by Steph Curry, who scored 32 points and dished out eight assists. Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson both had 25 points themselves, along with 12 rebounds for Durant.
Dallas had seven players in double figures, led by Wes Matthews with 22 points. Dwight Powell matched his career-high with 21 points off the bench. Harrison Barnes knocked in 18 points and Dennis Smith Jr. had 14 points and eight assists.
All in all, a great showing tonight for Dallas who had a chance to win this game. Though the win streak was put to an end, the Mavs must be encouraged by their play against the defending champs tonight and play as of late as a whole.
Dallas will have a day of rest before the red-hot Bulls come to town on Friday night.