Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/12/13
Stephen Curry punched the back of a courtside chair, Mark Jackson's voice apparently echoed outside the halftime locker room, and Klay Thompson showed the slightest glimpse of on-court emotion. After weeks of Jackson pleading with the Warriors to regain their identity, they seemingly had to act completely out of character before rediscovering themselves just in time for Curry to drill a game-winner in a 95-93 victory over Dallas on Wednesday night at Oracle Arena. ESPN had to spend much of the night wondering if it really wanted to stick around and carry the Warriors' game against Houston on Friday as Golden State (13-10) looked generally out of whack and on the verge of losing for the eighth time in its past 12 games. Then, the Warriors showed why they've sold out their arena 47 consecutive times and their games have become must-watch TV, overcoming an 18-point deficit. They were down 12 in the fourth quarter and six in the final 90 seconds. "This talks about our character and makes a statement, more of a statement than any of us could make with our mouths," Jackson said. "We're not happy with being in these situations, but at the end of the day, we are a team with plenty of fight and high character. We're not going to quit." The Warriors were down 92-86 with 1:26 remaining, when Curry decided he wasn't going to lose on this night. He converted a four-point play, then had one of his 10 assists on a Draymond Green three-pointer. Curry's pull-up 19-footer with officially three seconds remaining was the game-winner. "I can remember Coach (Lou) Carnesseca talking about rehearsal and repetition and, before the curtains open up, you work on your lines and your craft," Jackson said. "I've seen Steph Curry - every single day - take that shot hundreds and hundreds of times, thousands of times. So when the curtains opened up, you expected it to go in." Curry scored 24 of his game-high 33 points in the second half, Barnes had 17 points and David Lee added 15 points and 11 rebounds. Andrew Bogut pulled down 18 rebounds. Green might have been the player of the game - if Curry hadn't been otherworldly late - with his nine points, five rebounds, four assists, two blocked shots and endless amount of energy.
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