Mavs stum­ble at home to War­riors

Texarkana Gazette - - SPORTS - By Dave Jack­son

DAL­LAS—Stephen Curry scored 48 points, mak­ing 11 3-point­ers, and the Golden State War­riors held off the Dal­las Mav­er­icks 119-114 Sun­day night.

Kevin Du­rant added 28 points for the War­riors, and Klay Thomp­son had nine of his 16 in the fourth quar­ter as the War­riors re­ceived a valiant bat­tle from a Dal­las team play­ing with­out its top two point guards.

Curry’s 11th 3-pointer of the game —ty­ing a sea­son-high—gave the War­riors a 117-114 lead af­ter a see-saw fourth quar­ter.

Dray­mond Green blocked Jalen Brun­son’s drive at the other end and se­cured the loose ball. The Mav­er­icks forced a miss, but Har­ri­son Barnes turned the ball over in the front­court with 5 sec­onds left. Curry sealed the game with free throws.

Luka Don­cic scored 26 points for Dal­las and Barnes had 22. Brun­son had 12 off the bench in 30 min­utes, in place of the in­jured J.J. Barea and Den­nis Smith Jr.

Devin Har­ris gave Dal­las its first lead since the sec­ond quar­ter with a driv­ing layup to make it 105-103 with 5:29 re­main­ing. Har­ris fol­lowed that with a 3 for a five-point lead, cap­ping an 11-0 run.

Curry tied it at 114 with a floater in the lane with 1:39 to play, and Don­cic missed a 3 at the other end, set­ting up Curry’s win­ner. Dal­las missed its fi­nal eight shots from the field.

Golden State had a 10-point lead mid­way through the third quar­ter, but Don­cic’s 3 started a 7-0 run to pull the Mavs within 80-77. Don­cic hit an­other 3 from well be­hind the line to close the quar­ter and cut the War­riors’ lead to 92-88.

Curry had 16 points and Du­rant nine in the first quar­ter for all of Golden State’s 25 points.

The War­riors trailed 29-25 af­ter one but closed the first half on a 22-10 run to lead 62-54 into the break. Curry and Du­rant com­bined to score 16 of Golden State’s last 18 points in the half.


Mav­er­icks coach Rick Carlisle said Barea would have surgery Mon­day to re­pair his rup­tured right Achilles ten­don. Barea suf­fered the in­jury in the fourth quar­ter Fri­day night against Min­nesota and is out for the sea­son.

“It’s gut-wrench­ing for all of us,” Carlisle said. “I re­ally do be­lieve that he will be back. He’s truly one of the most re­source­ful play­ers in Mav­er­icks his­tory.”

Barea was av­er­ag­ing nearly 11 points and six as­sists per game.

Barea’s long-time team­mate Har­ris, who will likely see more ball-han­dling re­spon­si­bil­i­ties on the sec­ond unit, said, “It’s tough to lose on him. He does so much for our team. It’s not one guy in par­tic­u­lar that can re­place that. It’s go­ing to have to be a group ef­fort.”


War­riors: At Den­ver on Tues­day in a matchup of the West­ern Con­fer­ence’s top two teams.

Mav­er­icks: Host San An­to­nio on Wed­nes­day.

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