Gameday: Warriors at Mavericks - 11/19/12


Stephen Curry simply took over in the fourth quarter and overtime, leading the Warriors to a 105-101 win in Dallas on Monday night. Curry scored 20 of his 31 points after the third quarter, capping off a night that also saw him tally nine assists and six rebounds. Harrison Barnes had 20 points and 12 rebounds for his first 20-10 night of his young career, and the David Lee had 17 points and 19 rebounds. The win completed a 2-1 road trip for the Warriors, who will return home to host the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday.
Mark Jackson
On the difference down the stretch:
"We defended. We defended at a high level. We competed. They made tough shots. They've got veteran guys that have a history of making tough shots.
We rebounded the basketball. I can point to ten different guys that played a key role. Steph Curry was huge; made basically every play down the stretch.
Klay Thompson struggled from the field but defended O.J. Mayo at a high level. The guy is playing all-star caliber basketball right now and Klay Thompson made him work for everything. Draymond Green was huge, gave us extra possessions, quality plays. David Lee rebounded the basketball.
Harrison Barnes defending, scoring, rebounding. It was a big-time big-time win for a young basketball team."
On Stephen Curry:
"The thing about it is, teams are going to treat him like he's that guy, and we're going to have to set screens, get him open and make life easy for him.
Tonight, I thought we did a great job of screening and then he did a great job of coming off aggressive, whether it be to score or make plays. He certainly ran this team down the stretch they way that I envision them running."
On the Warriors' rebounding advantage:
"We understand that we have to do it by committing, and it's very important for us to get five guys rebounding the basketball. Our belief is that the last line of defense is securing the basketball. If you're going to beat good teams on the road, you've got to make sure you do that - and we did that."
Stephen Curry
On his ankle:
"I feel good now. I didn’t see the play, but I think I landed on somebody’s foot when I came down on a layup. I’ve been through this before. I just sucked it up for the last part of the game and I’ll worry about it tomorrow."
On tonight's win:
"It was a team effort on the road tonight. We got stops and played aggressive on both ends of the floor tonight. We tried to make the right reads and get shots in the paint tonight. We were able to make plays when they counted and that obviously gave us the win tonight."
On this being a big game in his career development:
"This was just a big win for us and the Mavs have the same record as us. So this was huge for us to win tonight and I was able to make plays for my team tonight. Everybody on our team had a part of this win and that’s what good teams do."
On what you learn from a game like this:
"That you just got to fight every game. Last night we dropped a game verse OKC and back to back games are tough. We’re a good team and if we execute our game plan like we’re supposed to do then we should come out on top."
Monday’s contest against the Mavericks will mark the third sequence of back-to-back games for the Warriors so far this season, and they have certainly held their own in the second game of the first two occurrences. The Warriors pulled off an impressive victory over the Clippers in Los Angeles on November 3, but couldn’t match that performance a week later when they lost to the Nuggets in double overtime on November 10.
The Warriors suffered a tough loss on Sunday night, falling to the Thunder by a score of 119-109. The Warriors shot an impressive 53% from the field, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a Thunder team that shot 13-of-20 from 3-point range. Five players scored in double-figures for the Warriors, led by Stephen Curry’s 22 points. David Lee posted another double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Carl Landry and Jarrett Jack led the bench effort once again with 14 and 12 points, respectively.
After outscoring the Thunder 58-32 in the paint, the Warriors are averaging 47.0 points in the paint over their last six games to their opponents’ 33.3. David Lee has led the way for the frontcourt, and after scoring 19 points and hauling in 10 rebounds against the Thunder, he now has five double-doubles in his last six games.
The Warriors rookies seem to be taking the next step in their development, and not a moment too soon. Harrison Barnes has elevated his play recently, scoring in double-figures in each of the last three games. Draymond Green also had his best game as a pro against the Thunder, scoring a career-high nine points on 4-of-6 shooting. Getting these kinds of contributions from the rookies will be crucial for a Warriors team that has been missing several key players due to injury and/or illness.
The Mavericks have been able to keep their head above water while playing without their franchise centerpiece Dirk Nowitzki, who has been out recovering from knee surgery. Surprisingly, the offense hasn’t suffered very much due to his absence, as the Mavs rank sixth in the NBA averaging 100.7 points per game. Slowing that offense down will be necessary if the Warriors hope to return home with a winning record on this three-game road trip. The Warriors have lost three in a row at American Airlines arena, with their last win coming in a 113-103 victory on November 24, 2009.

Injury Report
GSW: Andrew Bogut (ankle rehab) and Brandon Rush (torn left ACL) are out.

DAL: Shawn Marion (sprained left MCL) is day-to-day. Dirk Nowitzki (right knee surgery) is out.


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