Curry steps up in 4th and OT as Warriors beat Mavs

Associated Press Modified: November 20, 2012 at 12:07 am •  Published: November 19, 2012
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DALLAS (AP) — Stephen Curry had a big finish in the fourth quarter to help Golden State force overtime.

When Dallas made it tougher for Curry to score, the fourth-year guard became a willing passer in overtime.

Curry scored 20 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, and his assist on David Lee's go-ahead layup with 32.8 seconds left helped the Warriors beat the Mavericks 105-101 Monday night.

With the score tied at 99, the Mavs' defense collapsed on Curry in the lane, but he quickly shuffled a pass to an open Lee for the go-ahead basket.

That was the last of three assists Curry had in overtime.

"It's really whatever the defense gives you," said Curry, who finished with nine assists. "When (Lee) is finishing that bucket at the end, we're celebrating. It doesn't matter who's finishing, as long as we get it done."

Curry was only 4 of 12 shooting after three quarters and rolled his right ankle early in the fourth before he picked it up offensively, scoring 14 of Golden State's last 17 points in regulation. Curry added six points in overtime.

"He certainly ran this team down the stretch the way that I envision him running it," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said.

O.J. Mayo scored 27 points, including all 11 of the Mavericks' points in overtime. His eight-footer in the lane tied it at 99 with 41.2 seconds left.

Dallas has lost five of seven since starting the season 4-1.

Lee had 17 points and a season-high 19 rebounds, and rookie Harrison Barnes had 20 points and 12 rebounds for Golden State.

The Warriors were coming off a 119-109 loss at Oklahoma City on Sunday night. Despite the back-to-back games, Golden State mustered enough energy late to finish off Dallas.

Curry hit a 14-footer on Golden State's first possession of overtime. He then fed Festus Ezeli for a dunk and found Barnes for a 3-pointer to give the Warriors a 97-90 lead.

Mayo scored the next seven points and his layup tied it at 97 with 1:38 left in overtime.

Curry hit two free throws to give the Warriors a 99-97 advantage with 51.1 seconds remaining.

After Lee's basket, Shawn Marion missed a potential tying jumper. Curry and Draymond Green each hit a pair of free throws to give Golden State just its third win in its last 11 games against Dallas.

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