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BANG: Warriors’ win streak ends at buzzer in loss to Mavericks


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Warriors’ win streak ends at buzzer in loss to Mavericks
Klay Thompson's 3-point attempt at the horn fell just short as the
Golden State Warriors lose to the Dallas Mavericks
>Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) drives to the basket
against Dallas Mavericks center Daniel Gafford (21) during the first
half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Friday, April 5, 2024. (AP
Photo/LM Otero)

Danny Emerman is a Bay Area News Group sports reporter
By DANNY EMERMAN | | Bay Area News Group
PUBLISHED: April 5, 2024 at 8:07 p.m. | UPDATED: April 5, 2024 at 9:39 p.m.

DALLAS — The Warriors had a decent shot to extend their season-best
six-game winning streak, but came up just short. Literally.

Klay Thompson’s corner 3 as time expired would have won the game, but it
didn’t have enough air under it to eclipse the front rim.

The Mavericks were without Luka Doncic, but Golden State was on the
second night of a back-to-back and had neither Jonathan Kuminga nor
Andrew Wiggins. The injuries neutralized each other to create a
thrilling, tight game.

P.J. Washington’s layup with 4.5 seconds left turned out to be the
game-winner in a 108-106 Warriors (42-35) defeat.

The Warriors sold out for the win, upping Steph Curry (28 points),
Draymond Green, and Chris Paul’s minutes above their season averages,
but didn’t have enough to overcome Washington’s game-high 32 points and
Kyrie Irving’s dynamism.

“Love the way our guys fought, hung in there down (eight) with just a
few minutes left,” Steve Kerr said postgame. “The level of competition
and unity, just the way they fought, short-handed with guys out on a
back-to-back. Older group of guys, CP, Steph, Klay, Dray, just amazing
effort. I love these guys. They’re incredible. Just didn’t have enough

Kuminga’s bilateral knee tendinitis has now held him out for six
straight games. The Warriors have lost only one of them. Despite the
abundance of street clothes, the game turned out to be highly competitive.

Without Kuminga and Wiggins, the Warriors had far fewer options to throw
at Irving, who took Doncic’s absence as an opportunity to turn up his
scoring dial.

Irving beat Moses Moody — starting in Wiggins’ place — on a backdoor cut
to open the game. He drilled his first three shots, led the Mavericks to
a 29-13 start and finished with 26 points.

“Kyrie is different,” said Gary Payton II, who drew much of the
assignment. “Just him being him. His handle, his craft and shiftiness —
it’s unpredictable.”

Chris Paul calmed things down for the Warriors, leading a 19-2 surge in
the first quarter. His step-back 3 over Daniel Gafford at the horn gave
the Warriors a one-point lead after one. Without his first four minutes,
Golden State could’ve easily let the game slip away.

Both short-handed squads traded buckets, exchanging the lead five times
in the second quarter. As Golden State walked off the court for halftime
up two, Paul had a plus-minus of +25; in just 14 minutes, he matched his
season-high of four steals.

Paul was so effective, he started the second half in Moody’s place. The
game started physically and only intensified.

Trayce Jackson-Davis walked off the court for halftime with a trainer
but returned for the second half.

Paul and Draymond Green took umbrage with some no-calls. Several fouls
earlier that easily could’ve resulted in foul shots were ruled on the
ground. Daniel Gafford held his shoulder after fighting for a rebound.
Each team doubled their first-half foul total in the third period alone.

“We like it, generally, when it’s physical,” Brandin Podziemski (14
points) said. “But you can’t control the ref’s whistle on a given night,
whether they’re going to let you play or call little stuff. So we’ve
just got to adjust and adapt. It took us a while to do that, but I think
the refs didn’t make or break the game.”

With more physicality came less scoring. Golden State’s defense has
driven its current winning streak, and it stayed tough in Dallas. They
ran a box-and-one to slow down Irving and held Dallas to 48 points
across the second and third quarters. But the Warriors only mustered 44.

Trailing by three to start the fourth, the Warriors’ legs looked heavy.
They committed a slew of turnovers, which Dallas turned into five
straight points. Curry’s 338th 3-pointer of the season — which moved his
current season to the fourth-most all-time — kept the Warriors within reach.

Every time the Warriors made a push — a Green dunk, a Gary Payton II
alley-oop, a Moody put-back — the Mavericks answered. No matter what the
Warriors did, it seemed like Dallas’ lead hovered at eight.

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Curry scored four straight to inch Golden State within five with three
minutes left. Payton finished an and-1 on the break to cut Dallas’ lead
to four a minute later. Then Curry froze after drilling a contested
28-footer. 105-104.

After a missed Washington foul shot, Curry drilled a fadeaway baseline
jumper. 106-106.

They clawed all the way back, only for Washington and Thompson’s corner
miss to send them back down.

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