Golden State beats Dallas in OT thriller
Stephen Curry made a tiebreaking jumper in the final second of overtime, lifting the Golden State Warriors to a 122-120 victory over host Dallas.
The Associated Press
DALLAS – Stephen Curry made a tiebreaking jumper in the final second of overtime, lifting the Golden State Warriors to a 122-120 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night.
Curry finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds.
Klay Thompson, a former Washington State standout, led Golden State with 27 points and Jermaine O’Neal added 20.
Dallas had a three-point lead until Thompson made a three-point shot with 1:01 remaining in regulation.
O’Neal blocked a Dallas shot with the score tied at 120, setting the stage for Curry’s winning move. He dribbled the ball to the left side of the court and connected from about 20 feet.
Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 33 points and 11 rebounds. He had 16 in the Mavericks’ 41-point second quarter.
Dallas dropped to ninth place in the Western Conference, a half-game behind Memphis and Phoenix in the battle for the final two playoff positions.
Nets clinch playoff berth
NEW YORK – The Brooklyn Nets clinched a playoff berth by beating the Houston Rockets for the first time in eight years, getting 32 points from Joe Johnson in a 105-96 victory.
Shaun Livingston added 17 points for the Nets, who extended their home winning streak to 14 games – longest in their NBA history and tops in the league this season.
The Nets ended a 14-game skid against Houston with their first victory in the series since March 13, 2006.
James Harden scored 26 points for Houston, which lost its second straight after a five-game winning streak. Missing center Dwight Howard because of a sore left ankle, the Rockets shot 38 percent from the field.
The Nets held the NBA’s second-highest scoring team 11 points below its average.
LOS ANGELES – Damian Lillard scored 34 points, LaMarcus Aldridge contributed 31 points and 15 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Los Angeles Lakers 124-112.
Lakers reserve Nick Young scored a season-high 40 points. He made his first eight shots and was 15 of 26 from the field.
• All-Star guard Kyrie Irving practiced with Cleveland for the first time in two weeks. He has missed eight games since straining a left biceps tendon March 16 against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Irving’s status for Wednesday’s game in Orlando is uncertain.