Star guard Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors is the best perimeter shooter in the NBA for a reason. With the game on the line, you just can’t leave him open. Unfortunately for the Dallas Mavericks, though, Curry is also one of the best players in the league at creating his own shot.
The Mavericks came into the final game of this seemingly never-ending eight-game home stand with high hopes, but just like against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers, Dallas failed to make stops at the end of the game. Another similarity to those other three losses on this home stand? They too came in overtime.
The Mavericks, who remain winless on the season in overtime games, just seem to throw games away late, especially when players put forth monster performances. The Mavericks really tease you. It seemed like it was Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis‘ night as the dynamic duo combined scored a superhuman 60 points. Big shot after big shot kept going in.
But the Warrior kept answering. And the Mavericks kept answering back, and they won the game in overtime over the Warriors. Only it was an April Fool’s joke from Curry, whose dagger of all daggers with a fraction of a second remaining in the overtime period dropped Dallas to the ninth spot in the Western Conference playoff race.
Once again the die hard, rowdy fans at the American Airlines Center are going home feeling betrayed and bewildered. The Mavericks players are a tough bunch, though. Dallas will shake this one off and learn next time to respect the shooter.