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Thursday, December 12, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Warriors 95, Mavs 93

By Tim MacMahon

How it happened: The Dallas Mavericks' crunch-time one-two punch couldn't keep up with Stephen Curry's one-man show.

Curry accounted for all of the Warriors' 19 points in the final six minutes to allow the Golden State Warriors to pull off the comeback win. Curry had 14 points, including the game-winning jumper with three seconds remaining, and two assists down the stretch.

Meanwhile, Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis combined to score all 11 of the Mavs' points in that span. That wasn't enough with Curry, arguably the NBA's best shooter, catching fire.

Curry, who finished with game highs of 33 points and 10 assists, tied the score with 3-pointers on consecutive possessions, the second of which came with a little more than five minutes left. He also hit a midrange pull-up, had a four-point play and drilled the game-winner during crunch time. Both of his assists in the clutch came off drives, including a lefty, cross-court feed to Draymond Green for a 3-pointer with 49.9 seconds left that gave Golden State its first lead since the first quarter.

Ellis, who matched Nowitzki with a team-high 21 points, got fouled on the ensuing possession but made only one of two free throws. Curry and Ellis traded missed field goals on the next two trips, setting the stage for Curry’s dramatic, off-the-dribble dagger.

What it means: The Mavs went 2-2 on their trip, dropping the last two games, and return home with a 13-10 record. Dallas has split its first two meetings this season with Golden State, which pulled even with the Mavs for eighth place in the West standings.

Play of the game: Curry's game-winner. After Shawn Marion switched onto him, the Golden State point guard dribbled to a spot a few feet from the right elbow, got Marion to bite on a pump fake and swished an 18-footer to give the Warriors the lead with a few seconds left.

Stat of the night: Jose Calderon (18 points, 7-15 FG) has attempted at least 10 field goals in seven straight games for the first time in his career. Calderon has averaged 13.7 points on 46.8 percent shooting during that span.