Stephen Curry grimaced, limped and looked to the heavens.
We had seen it all before, but Curry's next reaction Monday night was new and rousing. He got downright angry.
"I never want to see him roll his ankle, but that seemed to make him go off," power forward David Lee said.
After the Warriors' point guard tweaked his twice-surgically repaired right ankle early in the fourth quarter, Curry scored 20 of his season-high 31 points in the game's final 13:07. He led an inspired effort and helped his team make an early-season statement about its playoff chances by grabbing a 105-101 overtime victory against Dallas in front of the 438th consecutive sellout at the American Airlines Center.
Following the top five or six Western Conference teams, there is expected to be a jumble of squads competing for the final playoff berths. The Warriors beat two of those on this three-game road trip, knocking off Minnesota on Friday and Dallas on Monday.
"Winning against two teams that are going to be in the mix, and doing it in their buildings, says a lot about this basketball team and its mind-set," head coach Mark Jackson said. "This is a big-time, big-time win for a young basketball team."
None of the three teams anticipated to be jockeying for playoff spots in April was playing at full strength. Minnesota was without six rotation players, including Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio; Dallas was without All-Star forward Dirk Nowitzki; and Warriors center Andrew Bogut is rehabbing his surgically repaired ankle.
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Warriors top Dallas 105-101 in OT
San Francisco Chronicle | Nov 20