Curry leads Warriors past Mavericks 122-120

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DALLAS (AP) - Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for a couple of clutch jumpers, and Jermaine O'Neal stepped up on both sides of the floor.

It was that kind of night for the Golden State Warriors.

Curry made a tiebreaking jumper in the final second of overtime, lifting Golden State to a 122-120 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday.

“Incredible win for us,” coach Mark Jackson said. “We had everything going against us. They had all the momentum. Guys really stepped up and made plays.”

Curry had 23 points and 10 rebounds. Thompson led the Warriors with 27 points, and O'Neal finished with 20 points and eight boards.

O'Neal blocked a Dallas shot with the game tied at 120, setting the stage for Curry’s winning move. He dribbled the ball to the left side of the court and hit from 20 feet.

“I had missed a couple in regulation and a couple in overtime that I felt were good, so I just knew to keep shooting it, and thankfully it went in,” Curry said.

Jose Calderon, who made a big 3-pointer in overtime to give Dallas a 120-118 lead, found himself 1-on-1 with the Warriors‘ point guard.

“That’s not the first time he made that shot,” Calderon said. “It was pretty close. He’s a great player. If we made a couple of shots, we would have won.”

The Mavericks called timeout, but the inbounds pass failed to connect as time ran out.

Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 33 points and 11 rebounds. He had 16 in the Mavericks‘ 41-point second quarter.

Dallas had a three-point lead until Thompson made a 3-pointer with 1:01 remaining in regulation. He also hit a 3-pointer from the right corner with 2:18 left in overtime to pull Golden State within a point at 117-116.

On a night when the Warriors were without their injured starting center and power forward, O'Neal was 9 for 12 from the field in 33 minutes.

“(O'Neal) was fantastic - finishing at the rim, diving to the hoop, setting screens, forcing them to defend,” Jackson said. “He makes arguably the biggest play of the game with the blocked shot. He’s an incredible basketball player that’s had an incredible career, and he’s finishing it his way.”

Dallas dropped from seventh in the Western Conference to ninth, a half-game behind Memphis and Phoenix in the final two playoff positions. Golden State, No. 6 in the West, moved two games ahead of the Grizzlies and Suns.

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