Saturday’s rematch between the Warriors and Dallas Mavericks was a splashfest, as both teams hit at least 20 three-pointers each, but it was Maxi Kleber of the Mavericks who hit the biggest shot of the night as he splashed his fourth trey from the corner with 5.6 seconds left in the game to put his team up 134-130 over the Dubs.
The Warriors had an opportunity to respond on the following possession after moving the ball up with their final timeout with an inbounds play. Stephen Curry received the inbound pass at the hashmark, but a trap forced him to worm his way to the bucket. His layup went off iron and Damion Lee tipped it in to bring the Dubs to within two points. However with just 0.7 seconds left on the clock, the Warriors needed any number of things to go right to give them a chance at the final shot.
It just did not happen though, as Dallas went with a football-like pass from the baseline down to halfcourt to avoid a steal or quick Warriors foul, and the squad fell in another shootout to the Mavericks 134-132 to split their two-game series on the road.
In all, the Dubs’ effort was a valiant as the team was down by as much as 10 points twice in the final quarter, but rallied their way back to be close in the end. The loss put a damper on what was otherwise a huge night from Curry and several Warriors teammates, in their own respective ways.
The Warriors’ two-time MVP was on a roll early as he finished the first half with a 30-spot on 7-for-10 from beyond the arc. Curry’s hot hand didn’t cool off after halftime either as his scoring kept the Warriors within striking distance of the Mavericks through the second half. He finished with 57 points on 11-of-19 three-pointers made.
But of note also was the instant scoring off the bench from Kent Bazemore in the first quarter. The Mavericks got the jump on the Dubs as they got out to a 18-2 lead in the first five minutes of the game. But the ever-ready veteran got to work quick as he led all scorers with 12 points in the first frame, bringing the Dubs to within four point of Dallas by the end of the quarter.
Bazemore finished the night with 20 points in 23 minutes off the bench.
Draymond Green scored just two points in Saturday’s game, but he padded the stat sheet elsewhere as a key contributor for the Warriors. He finished the night with 15 assists, six rebounds, six steals and four blocks.
The Dubs also received some key buckets late from Andrew Wiggins as he put up 10 points in the fourth quarter to cap off his 22-point effort.
Despite the Dubs’ team and individual efforts, it was not just not enough to keep up with Dallas’ Luka Doncic who also erupted for 42 points with a 7-for-12 night on his three-pointers, including two clutch threes in the final four-plus minutes. The four threes made by both Kleber (16 points) and Josh Richardson (17) tied each of their respective season highs to keep the Warriors at bay.
Up Next: Having split the first two games of their road trip with the Dallas Mavericks, the Warriors roll right into another two-game set in their road trip through Texas as they play a back-to-back set against the San Antonio Spurs starting on Monday (5:30 p.m., NBCSBA).
More Notables ...
- The Warriors fell to 4-6 on the road this season and 1-1 on the current four-game road trip.
- Golden State lost for the first time this season when scoring at least 110 points, falling to 10-1 in such games… The Warriors lost for the first time this season when shooting 50 percent (.535) or better from the field (8-1 this season).
- The Warriors made 20 three-pointers for the fourth time this season (20-of-45, .444).
- The Warriors trailed 18-2 to begin the game before taking their first lead with 4:11 left in the third quarter.
- Stephen Curry scored 57 points, the second-most points in his career and his eighth career 50-point game (second this season)… Curry joins Wilt Chamberlain as the only players in Warriors history to post multiple 57-point games in a single season… Curry hit 19-of-31 from the field and 11-of-19 from three-point range, tallying his 16th career game with double-digit three pointers (Klay Thompson has the second-most such games with five) and his ninth time with at least 11 threes… Curry has hit a three-pointer in 85 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NBA… In the second quarter, Curry hit all seven of his field goals, including five threes, scoring 19 points in the quarter and 30 points in the half—his 12th career 30-point half.
- Draymond Green dished out 15 assists (his fourth double-digit assist game) in consecutive games for the first time in his career, adding season highs of six steals and four blocks… Green is the first player to post 15 assists, six steals and four blocks in a game since Jamaal Tinsley did so on Nov. 16, 2001.
- Kent Bazemore posted a season-high 20 points, including 12 in the opening frame, his second time scoring in double figures this season and his 46th career 20-point game.
- Andrew Wiggins tallied 22 points on 9-of-12 from the field (3-of-5 3FG), his sixth 20-point game of the season.
- Juan Toscano-Anderson started his fourth game of the season (10th of his career), grabbing a career-high 10 rebounds.