Rapid Reaction: Warriors 122, Mavs 120 (OT)
April, 1, 2014
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com
DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks finished their marathon homestand in heartbreaking fashion, suffering a 122-120 overtime loss to the Golden State Warriors in a thrilling game with major playoff implications.
How it happened: For the second time this season, Warriors superstar Stephen Curry hit a last-second shot to beat the Mavericks.
Curry drained an off-the-dribble 21-footer from the right wing with 0.1 seconds in overtime for the game-winning shot.
That came on the possession after a controversial no-call on Jermaine O’Neal’s block of Monta Ellis’ driving floater. The Mavs, as well as many in the sellout crowd at the American Airlines Center, were screaming for a goaltending call.
Curry’s shot spoiled a spectacular performance by Mavs star Dirk Nowitzki, who had 33 points and 11 rebounds. Ellis added 27 points -- nine in the fourth quarter but none in overtime -- and six assists.
But the Mavs had major problems stopping Golden State throughout the game. With Mavs center Samuel Dalembert playing only seven minutes against the small-ball Warriors, Golden State scored 62 points in the paint and got hot late from the perimeter.
Golden State shot 57.1 percent from the floor and 15-of-31 from 3-point range for the game. Three Warriors starters scored at least 20 points -- Klay Thompson (27), Curry (23) and O’Neal (20) -- and Jordan Crawford added 19 off the bench.
The Mavs led by five after a spectacular slam dunk by Ellis over O'Neal with 3:24 remaining in regulation, but the Warriors rallied with perimeter shooting. Thompson hit a pair of 3-pointers in the final 3:04, including the game-tying shot with 1:01 remaining.
Neither team scored in the final 61 seconds of regulation. After getting a stop with 1.7 seconds remaining, the Mavs had a chance to win at the buzzer, but Ellis couldn’t catch the ball cleanly on the out-of-bounds play.
What it means: The Mavs, who would have been alone in seventh place with a win, are back on the outside looking in at the Western Conference playoff picture. Dallas fell to 44-31 after the 4-4 homestand, dropping into ninth place, a half-game behind the Memphis Grizzlies and Phoenix Suns. The sixth-place Warriors padded their cushion over the Suns and Grizzlies to two games.
Play of the game: Ellis came flying around the corner after taking a dribble handoff from Nowitzki on the right wing and threw down a ferocious tomahawk slam in O’Neal’s face. That stretched the Mavs’ lead to five points with 3:24 remaining. It didn’t end up being the dagger it seemed like it might be at the time, but it was one of the more breathtaking highlights of the Mavs’ season.
Stat of the night: Half of the games in this homestand went to overtime. The Mavs were 1-3 in those games.