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DALLAS — In Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, the Warriors boast the ultimate bail-out.
Never mind if the rest of the team is laboring. When those two former MVPs are working in lockstep to form the most lethal 1-2 punch in the NBA, Golden State tends to win.
In Sunday night’s 119-114 victory over the Mavericks at American Airlines Center, the Warriors had little answer for Rookie of the Year front-runner Luka Doncic and got minimal help from their complementary options, only to still push their winning streak to four games. Such is the luxury of having a pair of transcendent scorers who revel in each other’s successes.
Curry delivered a steady stream of highlights — dizzying dribbling displays, deep three-pointers, scoop shots — as he scored a game-high 48 points in 37 minutes. To eclipse the 40-point mark for the second time in four games, he shot 17-for-32 from the field and 11-for-19 from three-point range. It was the 12th time in his career Curry had made double-digit threes.
Durant was a worthy sidekick, softening up Dallas’ interior with repeated forays to the rim. Though he attempted only four three-pointers, he feasted in the paint, pairing his seven rebounds, five assists and two blocks with 28 points.
Outside of Curry and Durant, Golden State totaled just 43 points on 18-for-46 shooting. No matter. With those two leading the way, the Warriors withstood a fourth-quarter comeback from the Mavericks to escape with their sixth win in seven games.
After Draymond Green was called for a flagrant-1 foul with less than four minutes left, Dallas forward Harrison Barnes hit three free throws to give the Mavericks a 113-108 lead. Little more than two minutes later, after dribbling through traffic, Curry nailed a shot the official box score aptly dubbed a “13-foot driving floating jump shot” to knot the game at 114-114.
With 42.7 second remaining, Curry stopped at the top of the arc and drilled a three-pointer to give Golden State a three-point lead. As a capacity crowd went silent, the Mavericks called for time and Curry, shimmying, strutted to the visitors’ bench.
Curry’s two free throws with 5.3 seconds left iced the game and sent Dallas fans filing toward the exits. The Mavericks got 26 points from Doncic, 22 points from Barnes and a 13-point, 14-rebound gem from DeAndre Jordan, only to fall victim to Curry’s brilliance.
His 11 three-pointers were three shy of the NBA record for a single game, set by Klay Thompson in October. With DeMarcus Cousins expected to make his Warriors debut Friday night against the Clippers at Staples Center, Curry and Durant are working in concert, which only bodes well for Golden State’s hopes of moving past a disappointing first half of the season.
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