Even after the Golden State Warriors squandered a 10-point advantage in the closing minutes, Stephen Curry led the club to a 125-122 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.
Curry delivered a walk off against the Mavericks, knocking down a 3-pointer with just three seconds on the clock, breaking the 122-122 tie.
On a night Curry hit his sixth game-winning shot with less than five seconds to go and the Warriors began their three-game swing on a winning note, here’s what we learned …
Curry picked up right where he left off on Saturday night. About four minutes into the opening quarter, when Curry connected on a 30-footer, the Mavs got their first warning that it was going to be that kind of night.
Curry has been playing out of his mind since returning from his sprained right ankle — even by his lofty standards.
The game-winning triple gave Curry 32 points on the night. In his first two games, the guard has poured in 70 points.
Curry has also been ultra-efficient, shooting 67 percent from the field (24-for-36) and 61.5 percent (16-for-26) from 3-point range.
Curry delivered the dagger but Draymond Green saved the game. There was no third-quarter burst to be found in Game 1 of the road trip. While the Warriors managed just 24 points in the third and let that 10-point lead slip in the fourth, Green was the most consistent Warrior in the second half.
If not for the five turnovers, Green’s performance would have been impeccable. The reigning Defensive Players of the Year scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half, making seven of 10 shots from the field.
Aside from the better-than-usual offensive showing, Green also logged 10 rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block.
Jordan Bell produced a Draymond-like game. From the 0-for-3 showing from the field to the shoulder barge on Devin Harris, setting off a brief tiff, Bell had a very Draymond-esque performance against the Mavs. Like Green so often does, Bell left his fingerprints all over the game without making a major offensive contribution.
The rookie played 20 minutes off the bench, grabbing four rebounds, dishing one assist and recording two steals on his way to finishing a team high plus-7.
The Warriors tandem of reserve centers has been highly effective as of late: David West had five assists and seven points in his 15 minutes of action.
The Warriors definitely were not “locked in.” There were several reasons why the Warriors never pulled away from the Mavs. In what was a rare occurence, the Warriors were outshot from beyond the arc — 42 to 32 percent.
In what has been a far more common occurrence, the Warriors were lacking in focus for long stretches. Head coach Steve Kerr wasn’t ready to use the calendar as an excuse, as he explained to reporters.
“Can you imagine if you have a bad grade in January in sixth grade. You have a bad grade on your test and your teacher goes, ‘What’s going on? [And you said], ‘It’s January. I just couldn’t focus. But, Mrs. Jones, come May, I’m going to be locked in. So, don’t worry about me.’ What is that?”