In one of the most fascinating and close games of the 2013-2014 season, Stephen Curry lifted the Golden State Warriors over the Dallas Mavericks 122 – 120. Curry hit the game winner, a tough step-back jumper with fractions of the second left in overtime, as the Dubs were tied with the Mavs at 120. This was yet another time Curry played big for the Golden State Warriors. He is proving night in and night out that he can be the true leader for the Warriors, leading the team to a successful playoff course.
The Warriors had two significant absences. Andrew Bogut was out with a groin wound, and David Lee remained sidelined due to a strained right hamstring. However, they managed to keep things going till the final seconds of the last quarter and the extra time. Every time Dirk Nowitzki and his company tried to extend the margin, the Warriors answered right back.
Stephen Curry took the team on his shoulders after the half, scoring 17 of his 23 points in the final two periods plus the overtime. Klay Thompson provided much help finishing with 27 points on a 4 for nine shooting night. The Splash Brothers proved once again that if they find a pace, they can lift the Warriors over almost any team in the league.
Whilst Golden State missed its two starting big men, they got a significant contribution from Jermaine O’Neal in this game. The veteran center finished with 20 points, eight rebounds and a crucial block, which came with almost 20 seconds left in the game and would have put the Mavs up by two.
The Golden State Warriors are now on their final push towards the NBA playoffs. They have almost secured the sixth spot, but they don’t seem capable of clinching the fifth seed, since the Portland Trail Blazers is also doing well as of lately. However, Golden State is a team to avoid for any of the top-seeded teams in the West. The Warriors are one of the hottest teams at the moment, and Stephen Curry is playing on a close-to-MVP level.
Steph Curry will be a huge factor for the Warriors come playoff time. The Warriors’ success in the postseason will heavily rely on the superstar point guard’s performance, his shooting but also his ability to cut down on his turnovers. As Curry has shown up to now, he can be the leader for the Warriors, the one to take the team on his shoulders and deliver when needed.
Golden State should face the Clippers in the first round of the postseason and it will definitely need Curry to give his all, much like the entire team will have to do in order to advance to the next round.Chris