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Steinmetz's Instant Replay: Warriors 105, Mavericks 101 (OT)

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Steinmetz's Instant Replay: Warriors 105, Mavericks 101 (OT)

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Warriors 105, Mavericks 101 (overtime)Player of the game: Stephen Curry, who had 31 points and nine assists, owned the fourth quarter and overtime for the Warriors. Curry scored the last eight points in regulation, then had six points in overtime. Curry also had the key assist of the game, a nice feed to David Lee that Lee turned into bucket and a 101-99 lead.It was a huge win, Curry said. Obviously, we started (the trip) great in Minnesota. And for us to get a win on a back-to-back on the road against a team were going to be fighting for one of those last spots It would have been a long flight home, but well have some smiles on it.Key stretch: With the Warriors holding a two-point lead and a half-minute remaining in overtime, Golden State needed a stop and got it.The Warriors finally were able to get the ball out of O.J. Mayos hands and it ended up with Shawn Marion. But Marion missed a tough shot, and the Warriors brought it home.Late-game craziness: The Warriors had a chance to win it at the end of regulation, but couldnt get it done. But it was the way they couldnt get it done that was most troubling.With the score tied 90-90, Harrison Barnes got a great look in the lane but came up a little short with a jumper and 22 seconds left. But Barnes got the rebound and kicked it out to Klay Thompson with about 20 seconds left. Rather than hold it for the final shot, Thompson launched a 3-pointer and it missed, giving Dallas the final possession in regulation.It wasnt as though Thompson was feeling it on this night, either. In fact, that miss made him 2-for-14 for the game.The Mavericks, however, failed to take advantage. Vince Carter took an off-balance 17-footer and missed, sending the game into overtime.Curry tweak: Curry seemed to tweak his right ankle in the fourth quarter, after falling awkwardly while trying to convert a drive in the lane.Curry penetrated to his right and went up against Bernard James, who tried to block the shot. James didnt get the ball, but he and Curry collided.When Curry hit the ground, he was visibly frustrated. Curry missed most of last season with right ankle issues.The good news was that Curry remained in the game despite looking a touch hobbled.I got hung up and landed on it, Curry said. As long as I can walk and run, Im going to play. Ive been through this a lot so its nothing new for me.Sloppy half: The first half wasnt much of an aesthetic exhibition, but the Warriors were the ones on top after a brutal half so it probably didnt bother them as much.The Warriors shot just 37.5 percent in the first half, while the Mavericks shot 32.5 percent. Dallas missed enough shots and so did the Warriors for there to be 58 rebounds in the first half. Golden State got 36 of those rebounds, with Lee pulling down 12.Each teams backcourts were brutal shooting the ball in the half. Curry and Thompson combined to shoot 4-for-18 from the floor, with Thompson missing all seven of his attempts.Darren Collison and O.J. Mayo combined to shoot 1-for-10 from the field in the first half.Gritty start: The Warriors didnt exactly have their A-game when things started, but they were scrappy enough and active enough to lead 23-20 after a quarter.What was most impressive about that three-point lead was that it came with Curry and Thompson combining to shoot 1-for-10 from the field.As a team, the Warriors shot just 35.7 percent through 12 minutes, but they made up for it with 18 rebounds, including six on the offensive end.Injury update: The Warriors were without small forward Richard Jefferson, who missed the game because of a strained right calf.Center Andrew Bogut also missed Mondays game as he continues to rehab in Los Angeles under the supervision of his surgeon, Dr. Richard Ferkel. Of the Warriors 11 games so far this season, Bogut has played four.The Warriors also were without Brandon Rush, who will miss the regular season because of a torn ACL in his left knee.

Gameday: Iguodala out for Warriors' season opener vs Rockets

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Gameday: Iguodala out for Warriors' season opener vs Rockets

Defense of their second NBA title in three seasons begins in earnest Tuesday night, when the Warriors invite the reconfigured Houston Rockets into Oracle Arena.

There will be a pregame ceremony in which the Warriors will receive their championship rings.

The Warriors, who believe the additions of Nick Young and Omri Casspi will result in improved the bench production, are coming off a season in which they led the NBA in scoring offense, with the Rockets finishing second.

Houston made considerably more adjustments over the summer, acquiring perennial All-Star point guard Chris Paul and rugged forward PJ Tucker.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 9.5

MATCHUPS TO WATCH

Stephen Curry vs. Chris Paul: These two veterans, both headed for the Hall of Fame, have been at war for the better part of a decade, with Curry gaining in decided edge in recent years. That was when Paul was the leader of the once-hated Los Angeles Clippers. With Paul moving to Houston, it will be interesting to see if a change in scenery means a different type of battle. The winner likely decides the outcome.

Klay Thompson vs. James Harden: Familiar from their days as prep stars in Southern California, these two, by most accounts, are the top two shooting guards in the league. Though Harden assumed the point role last season, he’ll have greater latitude to generate his own shot now that Paul is on board.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: F Omri Casspi (R ankle sprain) is listed as probable. F Andre Iguodala (back strain) is listed as out.

Rockets: No injuries listed.

RECENT SERIES HISTORY

The Warriors won three of four meetings last season and have won 12 of the last 15 regular-season meetings overall. They also have won eight of the last 10 meetings in the postseason.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

THE SCOREBOARD: Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni implies this will be a shootout. Warriors forward Draymond Green responds by saying one team (the Warriors) plays defense. It’s conceivable the teams could combine for 75 3-point attempts. The scoreboard could blow out before the final buzzer.

THE NEW GUYS: Because he is in constant motion and feels the angles, Casspi seems to be a good fit for the Warriors offense. Young is coming along, but admits he’s still learning the nuances of the offense and feeling out his teammates. It may not be fair to expect much in Game 1, but their work is sure to be examined.

THE POMP: There is the celebration of a championship, the ceremony in which rings (and the ultra-elaborate boxes) will be presented, and the adoration of a sellout crowd. The Warriors are becoming veterans at being celebrities, but what happens when emotions are part of the equation?

QUOTABLE

“I saw what happened last year when San Antonio just drilled us. Saw that we were able to recover. So whatever happens, it’s just one game.” --Warriors GM Bob Myers on opening night nerves

Thunder give No. 35 -- Kevin Durant's old number -- to rookie

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Thunder give No. 35 -- Kevin Durant's old number -- to rookie

On Tuesday, the Thunder signed P.J. Dozier to a two-way contract.

The rookie will wear No. 35 with Oklahoma City.

That's the number Kevin Durant rocked as a member of the Thunder.

Why did Dozier pick it?

"My cousin, my second cousin, is Reggie Lewis. He used to play for the Boston Celtics," Dozier explained to reporters. "That's all it is. It wasn't anything other than that, honestly."

Did anybody say anything to him when he asked for No. 35?

"No. Honestly, I didn't even think twice about it. I had it in preseason at Dallas. I saw it was open and just took advantage of it."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller