SAN FRANCISCO – Outside of Dallas’ winning locker room, coach Jason Kidd had a little fun with Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic.
“You almost had a triple-double,” joked Kidd, referring to Donic’s 34 points, 11 rebounds and nine turnovers.
Mistakes didn’t matter in the end, when Donic and Dallas got almost everything right.
Doncic converted two free throws with 7.9 seconds left, bringing the Mavericks down 21 in the third quarter to stun the Golden State Warriors 107-101 on Sunday night.
New addition Spencer Dinwiddie scored 10 of his 24 points in the final period for Dallas.
“We wanted to keep fighting,” Dinwiddie said.
Stephen Curry hit a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left and had 27 points and 10 assists in his first home game since earning All-Star Game MVP honors, but the Warriors didn’t couldn’t do enough either side during the crunch as the Mavericks made all the big hits.
Doncic went 10 of 21 from the floor in the first of two five-day matchups between a pair of the NBA’s top five defenses: No. 1 Golden State and the fifth-placed Mavericks. Dinwiddie scored five straight runs midway through the fourth that took Dallas to 93-90.
Dorian Finney-Smith’s 3 with 5:05 left made it 94-93, then his pullback to 3:21 gave Dallas the lead before Donic scored the next time.
Andrew Wiggins added 18 points for Golden State and Kevon Looney grabbed 10 rebounds to go with eight points and five assists as Klay Thompson was sick after missing practice Saturday. The hope is that he will be healthy to travel with the team.
“I think we let our offense dictate our energy and our spirit in the game,” Looney said. “…We kind of folded when adversity hit.”
Warriors rookie Jonathan Kuminga received a technical with 9:20 to go for catching the rim after a goalie call. Golden State couldn’t deliver what looked like another decisive win over Dallas after the Warriors ended a four-game losing streak at home to the Mavericks last month with a 130-92 rout.
Golden State has given big leads by losing its last two home games after a 117-116 loss to Denver on Feb. 16.
“I think it’s really good to go through it and feel it because that’s what it feels like in the playoffs,” coach Steve Kerr said. “That’s what it feels like when you play against a really good team, the game is never over.”
Curry received his All-Star Game MVP trophy once again so local fans could celebrate the defending champion’s accomplishment: 16 3-pointers and 50-pointers. Vince Carter, whom Curry looked up to growing up in Toronto, presented him with the gear in a pre-game ceremony.
The teams will meet Thursday night in Dallas.
“Energy, effort, execution under pressure, that’s the name of the game,” Kerr said.
Kidd visited his old California campus in Berkeley on Saturday to see the Golden Bears beat rival Stanford 53-39, then also watched a game of Cal’s baseball game next door against Illinois-Chicago and met the coach and friend Mike Neu.
“It was good to be back on campus,” Kidd said, joking that he had former Stanford star Dwight Powell on his roster.
Mavericks: G Trey Burke (sprained left shoulder), F Marquese Chriss (sore right knee) and G Frank Ntilikina (sprained right ankle) were also sidelined for the Mavericks. … Dallas is 14-9 on the road against the Western Conference. … Powell committed his fourth foul at 9:02 of the third.
Warriors: Jordan Poole was 0 of 7 and missed all four of his 3-point tries. … C James Wiseman is set to travel with the squad on their next four-game road trip and continue to be integrated into practices and scrums as he works after right knee surgery last year. … Andre Iguodala missed his fifth straight game due to lower back tightness.
Mavericks: At the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.
Warriors: At Minnesota on Tuesday night.
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