Mavs fall to the defending champions

Mavs fall to the defending champions

After a two win streak the Dallas Mavericks hosted the Golden State Warriors. Stephen Curry had a season-high 48 points to lead the defending champions to a 119-114 win over the Mavs. For the third time this season the Mavericks faced the Golden State and once again they played them down to the wire. “We just couldn’t keep Curry under control,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “He was brilliant. When a guy is at 27 feet and steps back with his quickness, he’s going to get some shots off. It’s not like he hasn’t been making these in his career, but look, we needed to play better, obviously, I’m not making excuses. I’m just saying he’s a great player, he got going and we needed to do a better job on him.”

The Mavs had a chance to tie the game, but Harrison Barnes had a turnover with 5.8 seconds left. “Look, he’s a pro, he’s been in this a long time,” Carlisle said of Barnes. “He’s a champion, he’s had the ball in a lot of big situations for us and for the Warriors (when he played for Golden State from 2012-16). You’ve got to have a short memory and you’ve got to squash it and move on. I know he feels bad about (the late turnover). He’s a guy that’s a team guy, he wants to win, he wants to deliver for his team and his teammates and the fans. Look, mistakes happen and you just got to stick to the process.”

Luka Dončić scored team-high 26 points, six rebounds and five assists. He was 8-of-18 from the field and missed all five of shots in the final quarter. “He’s trying to break the defense down and have a chance to score and get teammates involved, and some days you don’t make every shot. That’s one of the things about the NBA,” Carlisle said. “But he’s going to learn a lot from tonight’s game. He still generates a lot of thing out there.”

Dallas will not practice on Monday and will resume practice on Tuesday in preparation for Wednesday’s home game against the San Antonio Spurs.