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Curry's 3 lifts Warriors over Mavericks 125-122

DALLAS (AP) The Dallas Mavericks were left shaking their heads at Stephen Curry's shot-making ability - and how they let him get one last great look at the basket.

Curry's long 3-pointer with three seconds to play allowed the Golden State Warriors to escape with a 125-122 win over the Mavericks on Wednesday night after blowing a double-digit lead in the final four minutes.

On their final possession, the Warriors gave Curry the inbounds pass. A crossover dribble and a screen from Draymond Green were all he needed to get a clean look from 28 feet, which hit nothing but net. Dallas, with a foul to give, didn't take it.

''Too open of a look for a game-winner for the greatest shooter in the game,'' longtime Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki said.

Curry finished with 32 points and has 70 in two games since returning from an ankle injury. Golden State's ''Big Four'' combined for 100 points, and the Warriors needed every one of them against a Mavericks team that had won four straight.

''Draymond set a great screen,'' Curry said. ''I caught Yogi (Ferrell) by surprise and was able to get to my spot and knock it down. I have confidence to take the shot and make it and finish the game.''

Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson had 25 points each, and Green added 18 to go with 10 rebounds.

Wesley Matthews led the Mavericks with 22 points, including seven 3-pointers, and Dwight Powell tied his career high with 21.

Dallas, playing from behind most of the game, wouldn't go away despite trailing 114-102 with 4:32 left. Three turnovers by the Warriors and some cold shooting, combined with a sudden hot streak by the Mavs, enabled Dallas to tie the score at 120 on Harrison Barnes' jumper with 39.9 seconds to play.

''I was smiling at the idea that we could be completely brain dead out there,'' Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. ''All I could do was laugh. It was like grade-school stuff the last few minutes.''

Thompson and Barnes traded inside baskets before Curry's big shot in the final seconds.

A long heave by Dennis Smith Jr. at the buzzer was way off.

Golden State extended its road winning streak to eight games. The Warriors haven't lost away from Oracle Arena since before Thanksgiving.

FOUR FOR THE MONEY

Not only did the Golden State quartet produce 100 points, but one of the four was always there to step up. Curry scored 20 and Durant 16 in the first half, Green had 15 in the second half, and Thompson had 14 in the fourth quarter.

FINALLY A CLOSE ONE

Despite their 13-26 record, Dallas has won or played close against most of the NBA's best teams. The one exception had been Golden State, which has won nine in a row and 16 of 17 against the Mavs and had dominated the two previous meetings this season by a combined 45 points.

This time, Dallas fought back from deficits of 12 in the first half and nine in the third quarter, taking a lead at 84-83 on Devin Harris' 3-pointer with 3:40 to play in the period.

''This is who we were supposed to be all along,'' Matthews said. ''We don't have a moral victory that we took the champs to a one-possession game. We really felt in our hearts we were supposed to win that one.''

TIP-INS

Warriors: Played without Andre Iguodala (back and hip strain) and Omri Casspi (back strain). Casspi's injury occurred during the morning shootaround. Kerr said Iguodala would likely play Thursday at Houston. ... Thompson's second-quarter 3 marked the 92nd straight game in which he's made at least one, the third-longest streak in NBA history.

Mavericks: Reserve center Nerlens Noel had his cast removed Tuesday following left thumb surgery on Dec. 8. Noel hasn't played since Nov. 22 and has scored just 72 points in 18 games for the team.

UP NEXT

Warriors: At Houston on Thursday in a matchup between the West's top teams. The Rockets beat the Warriors 122-121 on opening night in Oakland.

Mavericks: Host Chicago on Friday. The Mavericks have won four straight against the Bulls.

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Key Players
K. Durant
35 SF
H. Barnes
40 SF
34.7 Min. Per Game 34.7
18.4 Pts. Per Game 18.4
2.0 Ast. Per Game 2.0
6.7 Reb. Per Game 6.7
50.1 Field Goal % 45.1
49.9 Three Point % 44.9
89.4 Free Throw % 81.9
  Team rebound 0:00
  Dennis Smith Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:00
+ 3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot 0:03
+ 2 Harrison Barnes made finger-roll layup 0:12
  Personal foul on Klay Thompson 0:20
+ 2 Klay Thompson made reverse layup, assist by Draymond Green 0:24
+ 2 Harrison Barnes made jump shot, assist by Dennis Smith Jr. 0:39
  Defensive rebound by Harrison Barnes 1:03
  Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:03
  Defensive rebound by Draymond Green 1:23
  Yogi Ferrell missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:25
Team Stats
Points 125 122
Field Goals 48-91 (52.7%) 43-90 (47.8%)
3-Pointers 13-32 (40.6%) 19-43 (44.2%)
Free Throws 16-19 (84.2%) 17-22 (77.3%)
Total Rebounds 51 47
Offensive 7 7
Defensive 39 33
Team 5 7
Assists 36 29
Steals 8 6
Blocks 7 1
Turnovers 14 12
Fouls 21 17
Technicals 0 1
25 PTS, 12 REB, 6 AST
22 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST
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away team logo Warriors 30-8 35322434125
home team logo Mavericks 13-26 26352833122
Team Stats
away team logo Warriors 30-8 115.8 PPG 44.3 RPG 30.5 APG
home team logo Mavericks 13-26 102.1 PPG 40.6 RPG 22.5 APG
Key Players
S. Curry PG 26.6 PPG 5.2 RPG 6.5 APG 49.0 FG%
W. Matthews SG 12.9 PPG 3.2 RPG 2.8 APG 40.9 FG%
Top Scorers
S. Curry PG 32 PTS 5 REB 8 AST
W. Matthews SG 22 PTS 5 REB 4 AST
52.7 FG% 47.8
40.6 3PT FG% 44.2
84.2 FT% 77.3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
S. Curry 34 32 5 8 1 0 3 1 11/19 6/13 4/5 0 5 51 +7
K. Durant 37 25 12 6 0 4 2 1 10/21 1/5 4/4 1 11 51 +5
K. Thompson 36 25 5 4 2 1 1 1 11/19 3/6 0/0 1 4 40 +1
D. Green 37 18 11 6 1 1 6 2 7/11 3/5 1/1 0 11 37 -10
Z. Pachulia 11 7 2 2 0 0 0 2 2/4 0/0 3/4 1 1 13 -4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
S. Curry 34 32 5 8 1 0 3 1 11/19 6/13 4/5 0 5 51 +7
K. Durant 37 25 12 6 0 4 2 1 10/21 1/5 4/4 1 11 51 +5
K. Thompson 36 25 5 4 2 1 1 1 11/19 3/6 0/0 1 4 40 +1
D. Green 37 18 11 6 1 1 6 2 7/11 3/5 1/1 0 11 37 -10
Z. Pachulia 11 7 2 2 0 0 0 2 2/4 0/0 3/4 1 1 13 -4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
P. McCaw 21 7 5 1 1 0 0 2 3/5 0/1 1/2 2 3 15 +9
D. West 14 7 1 6 1 0 1 3 3/3 0/0 1/1 0 1 20 +1
J. Bell 20 2 4 1 2 0 0 4 0/3 0/0 2/2 2 2 10 +10
S. Livingston 12 2 0 2 0 0 0 3 1/4 0/0 0/0 0 0 6 -1
N. Young 11 0 1 0 0 1 1 2 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 1 1 -3
J. McGee - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. Casspi - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Looney - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Q. Cook - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Boucher - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Iguodala - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 233 125 46 36 8 7 14 21 48/91 13/32 16/19 7 39 244 +15
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
W. Matthews 37 22 5 4 0 0 2 1 7/11 7/10 1/2 1 4 33 0
H. Barnes 33 18 5 4 0 0 1 1 7/13 2/5 2/2 0 5 30 +2
D. Smith Jr. 29 14 2 8 1 0 2 3 6/18 2/8 0/0 0 2 31 -4
D. Nowitzki 24 12 8 2 1 0 0 1 5/11 0/2 2/3 0 8 25 -1
M. Kleber 15 5 1 0 0 1 0 2 2/6 1/3 0/0 0 1 7 -1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
W. Matthews 37 22 5 4 0 0 2 1 7/11 7/10 1/2 1 4 33 0
H. Barnes 33 18 5 4 0 0 1 1 7/13 2/5 2/2 0 5 30 +2
D. Smith Jr. 29 14 2 8 1 0 2 3 6/18 2/8 0/0 0 2 31 -4
D. Nowitzki 24 12 8 2 1 0 0 1 5/11 0/2 2/3 0 8 25 -1
M. Kleber 15 5 1 0 0 1 0 2 2/6 1/3 0/0 0 1 7 -1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Powell 28 21 8 2 1 0 1 2 7/9 2/2 5/5 5 3 33 +4
J. Barea 25 13 4 7 0 0 3 0 3/6 1/2 6/9 1 3 28 -1
Y. Ferrell 21 11 2 1 1 0 0 4 4/8 3/6 0/0 0 2 16 +11
D. Harris 19 6 3 1 1 0 1 3 2/7 1/5 1/1 0 3 11 -18
S. Mejri 4 0 2 0 1 0 2 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 1 -7
J. McRoberts - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Noel - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Curry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Motley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Finney-Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Collinsworth - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 122 40 29 6 1 12 17 43/90 19/43 17/22 7 33 215 -15