(13-10)
(13-10)
After trailing by 18 at one point, the Warriors fought all the way back with a huge fourth quarter and defeated the Mavericks 95-93 on Wednesday night. Stephen Curry was sensational down the stretch, scoring 24 points in the second half and knocking down the game-winning jumper with under two seconds left. He finished with 33 points and 10 assists. Four Warriors scored in double figures, as David Lee posted another double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Andrew Bogut recorded six points and 18 rebounds, the most he’s ever had as a member of the Dubs. The Warriors are now 13-10, and take on the Rockets on Friday. What a comeback. What a victory.
Mark Jackson
On the final shot:
“We were just looking for them to defend the pick-and-roll. We were going to just read and react. If they decided to trap him then he was going to make a play. Actually it was Dirk (Nowitzki), defensively guarding Andrew Bogut and they made an adjustment understanding what we were doing so Shawn Marion handed off the screener and comes out to defend the pick-and-roll. We wanted to make sure that we dwindled the clock down and Steph (Stephen Curry) did a great job of recognizing that and not panicking. Then he did what big time players do – he hit a big time shot.”
On what the comeback wins do for the team:
“It talks about our character and makes a statement. More of a statement than we could ever make with our mouths. We are not happy being in these situations, but at the end of the day we are a team with plenty of fight and high character. We are not going to quit even when we dig ourselves a hole like we did tonight. Guys stepped up and picked each other up. Draymond Green was spectacular and Bogs (Andrew Bogut) was spectacular. Steph (Stephen Curry) just made plays down the stretch. It makes a statement about us. Anybody can jump up and down when things are going well for you offensively and defensively. When they are not, to be able regroup and hang on to the rope, it says a lot about this group collectively.”
On his message to the team in the first half:
“I never worry about offense because we have a team that can score. My message at that point is the reason we are losing and the way that we are losing is because of our defense. Understanding how they can hurt you and allowing them to do that. Dirk Nowitzki’s shot fake and going to the line, Monta Ellis going to his right hand and Jose Calderon - not making extra effort plays on his pick-and-rolls. All we did was raise the volume in the second half and played our brand of defense. It gave us a chance.”
On his confidence level in Stephen Curry making the final shot:
“He is a great player and an all-time great shooter. I’ve seen that shot. I remember the Hall of Fame Coach of mine at St. John’s, Lou Carnesecca, he talked about rehearsal and repetition before the curtains open up and that you work on your lines and work on your craft. I’ve seen Stephen Curry hit that shot hundreds of times, thousands of times so when the curtain opened up – you expect it to go in.”
On if Stephen Curry's four-point play swung the momentum:
“I just thought overall, we were making plays. We were aggressive and we stopped trying to make homerun plays and just made quality plays. The four-point play, obviously, the crowd erupted and the guys took their belief to another level.”
Stephen Curry
On the last play of the game:
“We didn’t call a timeout so they didn’t get a chance to get their defense set. Once you come down and take your time, we were trying to get the last shot, we got isos and I was kind of able to lull him to sleep with the pump fake and get a good look at it and thankfully it went in. We had to fight hard as a group to get back into the game and thankfully we won.”
On when his last game-winning shot was:
“High school. We blew everybody out at Davidson so we didn’t need game winners.”
On slow starts to games:
“It’s just a tough period for us. We talked about it yesterday, this morning, before the game, about coming out with energy. I felt like we did it on the defensive end, just offensively we weren’t clicking. They obviously were making more plays and had a significant lead. I don’t think it was because of a lack of focus or energy, we just weren’t in rhythm, we weren’t gelling, but for us to keep that resiliency and come back in the second half, feed off our crowd’s energy, which was huge tonight and go out and get that win in the fourth quarter, that was a big statement, a big win for us. Eventually we have to figure out how to have a better showing in the first 24 minutes but credit to all the guys going out there fighting.”
On crowd energy:
“It was a huge night, Dub Nation night. We know how important they are to our success when we play here at home, bringing that noise and that energy and passion for the game. It’s sort of like [Oklahoma City] OKC at home, you can feel the vibe live and it was amazing, so once the buzzer went off and we got the win, just to be able to celebrate and look into the crowd and say thank you for what they bring to the game and the atmosphere was huge.”
Draymond Green
On the last play of the game:
“What we wanted to do was we wanted to get a ball screen, possibly with Dirk [Nowitzki], but Dirk wasn’t in the game. We just found who we wanted to put in and we ended up screening with [Andrew] Bogut and got a switch off. Any time you get a switch off, that’s not the matchup that they want and anytime that happens you just get flat and just let him do what he does. He was able to come up with a big play and that’s what we expect out of our big play guy.”
On falling behind early in games:
“We have to stop. We can’t continue to get behind like that and continue to try to come back and win. Once again, our crowd helped us get back into the game. Yeah, we did play hard, but let’s play hard and beat a team by 15 or 20 points, let’s not play lackadaisical and get down 15 or 20 points and then play hard and come back and win by one or two points. If we can play like that for the entire 48 minutes then that’s the team that everybody expected. Not even what everybody expected, what we expected, and that’s what we have to start doing. We see that we can do that but we have to stop putting those runs together for 10, 12, 15 minutes and do that for 48 minutes. That’s when we become an elite level team.”
HELLO #DUBNATION
After completing a stretch of seven of eight road games, the Warriors now begin a home-heavy portion of their schedule that sees seven of their next nine games being played at Oracle Arena. The action on Warriors Ground tips off on Wednesday when the team hosts the Dallas Mavericks on the first-ever #DubNation Night. The Warriors will use the power of social media to celebrate and connect with the best fans in the NBA throughout the evening, and the first 3,000 people to check in to ‘Golden State Warriors Home Game’ on Facebook will receive a free #DubNation T-Shirt. MORE ON #DUBNATION NIGHT | GET TICKETS
LAST TIME OUT
The Warriors fought back from 15 points down to tie the game in the fourth quarter, but could not maintain the momentum the rest of the way in Monday’s 115-111 loss in Charlotte. The loss spoiled an otherwise stellar night from Stephen Curry, who caught fire in the second half and finished with 43 points and nine assists. As hot as Curry was down the stretch, the Warriors as a whole were equally cold in the first half. The team shot 33 percent in the first quarter and played from behind for just about the entire game. Klay Thompson overcame a slow start to finish with 22 points and David Lee had 14 points and 16 rebounds. GAME RECAP
CURRY AT ANOTHER LEVEL
With NBA All-Star voting in full swing, Stephen Curry has certainly made his case to be worth your voting consideration. The fifth-year guard has led the team in scoring in six of the last seven games, and he’s paced the team in assists in each of those contests. He’s averaging 30.1 points and 8.6 assists since November 26 and he currently ranks in the top 10 in the NBA this season in scoring (seventh – 23. 6 ppg), assists (third – 8.9 apg) and 3-pointers made (third – 62). DUB THE VOTE
PLAYING WITH FIRE
A disturbing trend in the Warriors’ recent game action has been their slow starts. In six of their last seven games, the Warriors have been out-scored in the first quarter. They’ve faced deficits of 17 and 19 points at the end of the first period of two of their last four games, and while 27-point comeback wins can be thrilling, playing from behind clearly is not an ideal strategy. As demonstrated on Monday, a team spends a considerable amount of energy when coming back from a large deficit and sometimes they just don’t have enough in the tank to sustain that level of play for the remainder of the game. While games are rarely won in the first quarter, they can be saved there, as better starts can earn heavily used players some much-needed rest so they can remain fresh to close out close games.
DALLAS SCOUTING REPORT
It’s hard to believe that Dirk Nowitzki is already in his 16th NBA season, and it’s even harder to believe that he is still a source of consistent production. A 12-time All-NBA selection, Nowitzki is averaging 21.0 points per game this season, and the only difference between this season and those from the past is that he now has another elite scorer alongside him in the starting lineup. Former Warrior Monta Ellis leads the team in scoring (21.5 ppg) and assists (5.6 apg), and a veteran supporting cast of Jose Calderon, Shawn Marion, Vince Carter and Samuel Dalembert has Dallas in good position in the Southwest Division with a 13-9 record.
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Injury Report
GSW: Draymond Green (left ankle sprain) and Jermaine O’Neal (right wrist sprain) are questionable. Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery), Andre Iguodala (left hamstring strain) and Ognjen Kuzmic (fifth metacarpal fracture, right hand) are out.

DAL: Devin Harris (left foot surgery) is out. Brandan Wright (fractured left shoulder) is day-to-day.