OAKLAND, Calif. -- Stephen Curry capped a 33-point night by sinking a tiebreaking 15-footer with 1.5 seconds remaining Wednesday night, capping a comeback that gave the Golden State Warriors a 95-93 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.
In winning for the seventh time in nine home games this season, the Warriors went to Curry on their final possession after each team missed opportunities in the final minute to break a 93-93 tie.
The win allowed the Warriors (13-10) to move into a tie with the Mavericks (13-10) in the Western Conference standings. Dallas began the night in the No. 7 playoff position in the West, while Golden State, which lost seven of its previous 11 games, was on the outside looking in, sitting in the ninth spot.
The Warriors never led in the second and third quarters, but they managed to stay within 72-66 through three quarters. Golden State forged an 82-82 tie on a 3-pointer by Curry with 5:11 to play.
The Mavericks countered immediately with an 8-2 run to re-establish a six-point lead, forward Dirk Nowitzki contributing a three-point play and a fadeaway jumper to the spurt.
After an exchange of baskets, the Warriors shockingly vaulted into the lead by scoring seven points on just two possessions. Curry, fouled while making a 3-pointer, completed a four-point play, and when he fed forward Draymond Green for a 3-pointer with 49.9 seconds to go, suddenly Golden State was up by one.
Dallas guard Monta Ellis made one of two free throws three seconds later, creating a 93-93 tie and setting up the exciting finish.
Small forward Harrison Barnes backed Curry with 17 points for the Warriors, who began a 19-day stretch in which they play seven of nine at home. Power forward David Lee had a 15-point, 11-rebound double-double, and Andrew Bogut contributed a game-high 18 rebounds along with six points.
Nowitzki and Ellis each had 21 points for the Mavericks, who completed a four-game trip 2-2 after winning the first two contests. Point guard Jose Calderon added 18 points, and forward Shawn Marion had 12.
Guard Shane Larkin, forward Jae Crowder and guard Vince Carter opened the fourth period with successive hoops as Dallas reopened a double-digit lead, 78-66. However, the Warriors held the Mavericks to just 15 points the rest of the way.
The Mavericks used six- and 10-point runs in the second quarter to build as much as an 18-point lead en route to a 55-44 halftime advantage.
Nowitzki contributed to both spurts, scoring half the 16 points, including consecutive 3-pointers that created the 52-34 margin with 2:19 left in the half.
NOTES: Mavericks SG Monta Ellis fell to 4-1 against his old mates since being traded from the Warriors to the Milwaukee Bucks on March 13, 2012. Golden State acquired C Andrew Bogut in that six-player deal. ... Bogut entered the game averaging a double-double (15.5 points, 10.8 rebounds) in his career against the Mavericks. ... The Warriors were without starting SF Andre Iguodala (strained left hamstring) and backup C Jermaine O'Neal (sprained right wrist). Dallas was missing two key reserves who have yet to play this season -- SG Devan Harris (left foot surgery) and SF Brandan Wright (fractured left shoulder). The Mavericks expect Wright to make his season debut during their upcoming three-game homestand that tips off Saturday against Milwaukee. ... With two other centers -- C Festus Ezeli (right knee surgery) and C Ognjen Kuzmic (broken right hand) -- also out of action, the Warriors signed C Hilton Armstrong out of the NBA Development League and immediately suited him up for Wednesday's game. Armstrong played seven scoreless minutes against Dallas.