NBA: Warriors beat Mavericks in battle for playoff positioning
Jonathan Kuminga scored a team-high 22 as he came on from the bench, Draymond Green and Stephen Curry hit key shots over long periods of time, and the Golden State Warriors scored a massive victory over the hosts. Dallas Mavericks home, 127-125 on Wednesday night.
The results have major short-term ramifications in the Western Conference playoff race, with Golden State (38-36) not only leading 1 1/2 games against Dallas (36-37) but also claiming a tiebreak advantage by how to get into the 2-1 season series.
The game drew 120-all as Green drove into the heart of the Dallas defense and fell back when he was fouled by Christian Wood with 1:32 to play.
After Green completed the three-pointer, the Mavericks counterattacked quickly with a wooden spin to take the lead after a three-point miss from Donte DiVincenzo.
But Luka Doncic mistakenly shot a 3-pointer, then Curry put on a backflip that gave Golden State a three-way lead with 8.5 seconds left.
After another Doncic miss, which was a reserve effort, Kevon Looney dropped two free throws with 1.7 seconds left as the Warriors ended a five-game run with consecutive wins. after losing the first 3 games.
A tightly contested game, in which neither team led by more than nine points, saw the Warriors take a 113-105 lead thanks to a Kuminga pitch with 6:35 remaining.
But Dallas, looking to avoid a second straight loss, immediately came back with two 3-pointers from Jaden Hardy and an inside shot from Doncic in a lightning 54 seconds that made the draw and set an interesting ending.
Curry finished with the highest 20 points and 13 assists for the Warriors, who prevailed despite shooting just 12 to 39 out of 3 and trailing 51-36 from outside the arc.
Looney also scored a game-high 12 points and 12 rebounds brace, while Jordan Poole finished with 16 points, Green and DiVincenzo each with 14 points.
When he returned from a five-game absence due to a thigh strain, Doncic overcame the Mavericks by 30 points while also finding time for the highest 17 assists in the game and the highest seven rebounds on the team. However, he only shot 11 to 27 overall and 2 to 10 on 3-pointers.
Subs Hardy and Wood have 27 and 19 points respectively for the Mavericks, who missed Kyrie Irving because of a sore right big toe. Reggie Bullock got 15 points, Dwight Powell 13 and Josh Green 12.
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