Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/20/12
DALLAS -- Golden State guard Stephen Curry scored a game-high 31 points and handed out nine assists, outdueling Dallas guard O.J. Mayo and helping the Warriors take a 105-101 overtime victory over the Mavericks on Monday night at the American Airlines Center. The Warriors, coming off a Sunday loss at Oklahoma City, overcame 21 turnovers and awful shooting to improve their record to 6-5. They are still waiting for game-changing center Andrew Bogut to return from an ankle injury. "It was a team effort on the road tonight." said Curry, who tweaked his bothersome right ankle early in the fourth quarter but overcame it to score 20 points in the fourth quarter and overtime. "We got stops and played aggressive on both ends of the floor. We tried to make the right reads and get shots in the paint. We were able to make plays when they counted, and that obviously gave us the win." Golden State's ever-improving defense did the job again, limiting the Mavs to 42.4 percent shooting and holding Dallas below 40 percent for the majority of the first three quarters. It was the eighth time in their first 11 games that the Warriors held their opponent below 44 percent shooting. The Warriors shot just 40.7 percent, but they dominated the boards, held the Mavs to three points in the final 3:57 of regulation and then scored the final six points of overtime, led by Curry. Golden State scored the first seven points of overtime, but Mayo reeled off seven consecutive points to tie it. He scored all nine of Dallas' points in OT. The Warriors went ahead to stay on David Lee's layup off a Curry feed with 32 seconds left in the extra session, giving Golden State a 101-99 lead. "We defended. We defended at a high level," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "We competed. ... I can point to 10 different guys that played a key role." Golden State's front line dominated Dallas'. Warriors rookie Harrison Barnes had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Lee posted 17 points and 19 rebounds. The Warriors held a 62-43 edge in rebounds and a 19-7 advantage on the offensive glass. "Even though we were in the game until the very end, you can't take a positive from being outrebounded like that, and you can't get down that much on the defensive end," Mavs guard Dahntay Jones said. "We've got to keep the game closer rebounding, and we'll win more of these tight games in the end." Mayo finished with a team-high 27 points after scoring just four in the first half. Only two other Mavs scored in double figures. Center Chris Kaman had 18 points and 17 rebounds, the only Mavs player with more than five rebounds, and Troy Murphy added 12 points on four 3-pointers. "That's the root of a lot our problems," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said of his team's consistently poor rebounding efforts. "You could focus on plays at the end of the game, who shot it, whether the ball went in, but it's possession of the ball that's hurting us." Barnes and Lee each scored 10 points and Curry had 11 at halftime as the Warriors led 43-38 in a sloppy, disjointed game. Both teams entered the game boasting excellent defensive field-goal percentages, with the Warriors ranking in the top five and the Mavs close behind. Defense aside, both teams were atrocious shooting the basketball for most of the opening half. After Dallas shot 8-for-23 in the first quarter, it opened the second quarter 2-for-11, a span that allowed the Warriors to build a 10-point lead. But Golden State's inability to score consistently, combined with mistakes -- nine turnovers -- helped Dallas quickly cut the deficit. Mayo missed his first four shots before finally getting on the board with a couple of free throws with 4:08 to go in the half, pulling Dallas to within 35-27. He got his first jumper to go down with 3:28 left and then fed Brandan Wright for a dunk to make it 35-31. While shots were clanging left and right, both teams did hit their fair share of 3-pointers. Five of Golden State's 18 first-half baskets came from beyond the arc, and three of Dallas' 13 first-half baskets were 3-pointers. NOTES: Dallas forward Shawn Marion recorded his 700th career 3-pointer in the fourth quarter. ... Mavs swingman Vince Carter left the game in the fourth quarter with a right leg injury, but he was able to return. He missed the potential game-winning shot at the end of regulation. ... Warriors forward Richard Jefferson did not play due to a calf strain. He sustained the injury Sunday at Oklahoma City. ... Carlisle and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban both acknowledged that star Dirk Nowitzki has escalated his workload as he rehabilitates from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee performed Oct. 19, but neither would address a target date for Nowitzki's return. ... Rebounding has earned Mavs rookie center Bernard James minutes over Wright as the backup to Kaman. James had four points and five rebounds against Golden State.
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