The Golden State Warriors came into Tuesday night against the Dallas Mavericks without the services of David Lee and Andrew Bogut, and it took every ounce of effort from the Dubs rotation to outlast the Mavs for a 122-120 win in overtime.
Stephen Curry drained the game-winning shot over Jose Calderon as just 0.1 seconds remained on the clock in the extra period. He finished with 23 points and 10 assists. Klay Thompson led the team with 27 points.
Golden State got big contributions from non-Splash Brothers too. Jermaine O'Neal turned in 20 points and eight rebounds. Andre Iguodala notched 16 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Jordan Crawford added 19 points and five three-pointers off the bench.
Dirk Nowitski piled up 33 points and 11 boards for Dallas. He scored 16 in the second quarter and seemed infallible from three-point range, making five in a row at one point. Monta Ellis added 27 points in the losing effort.
The Warriors shot 57 percent and still needed a game-winner from Curry in overtime to survive. Dallas hit nine more free throws, grabbed five more offensive boards and committed four fewer turnovers in the loss.
The teams combined to make 29 three-pointers in the seesaw game. Dallas won the second quarter 41-23. That was the most points the Warriors have allowed in a quarter this season. Then Golden State won the third quarter 32-19.
The loss drops Dallas out of the playoff picture, a half-game behind the Memphis Grizzlies and Phoenix Suns with identical 44-30 records. The Suns have a brutal schedule down the stretch with a bunch of good teams to get by, but the Mavs still have to take care of their own business to crack the postseason.
Dallas heads out on a four-game Western road swing starting with the L.A. Clippers on Thursday night. It gets substantially easier after that with the L.A. Lakers, Sacramento Kings and Utah Jazz next.
The Warriors remain in sixth place with a two-game cushion under them. The Portland Trail Blazers are only 1.5 games ahead of them. A tough test lies next as the Warriors have not gone into San Antonio and beaten the Spurs since 1997. They'll try again on Wednesday.