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Warriors takeaways: What we learned in crazy 119-114 win over Mavericks

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in crazy 119-114 win over Mavericks

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The Warriors were as good or better than the Dallas Mavericks in most every facet of the game Sunday, yet the defending champions sweated out the entire 48 minutes.

With Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant combining for 76 points, Golden State squeaked out a 119-114 victory at American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Here three takeaways from the third Warriors-Mavericks game this season that went down to the final minute:

The Curry-Durant duo brought the buckets

Curry scored 48 points on 17-of-32 shooting, including 11-of-19 from deep. He buried a crucial 3-pointer with 42.2 seconds remaining that gave the Warriors the lead for good.

This is the third game this season in which Curry drilled at least 10 triples. He has over the course of his career has made at least 10 in 12 games. Nobody else has more than four, that being teammate Klay Thompson.

Durant totaled 28 points on 10-of-21 shooting, draining 2-of-4 from beyond the arc. He added seven rebounds, five assists, two blocks and a steal.

The only other Warrior to score in double figures was Thompson, who finished with 16 points.

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Bench delivers a tutorial on efficiency

The Warriors’ bench has had its ups and downs this season, and it delivered a quality-over-quantity when it was desperately needed.

The five reserves that entered for the Warriors combined to produce 21 points, on 8-of-17 shooting, including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc, as well as 21 rebounds, seven assists, four steals and three blocks.

Each man brought something. Andre Iguodala had a typical line: six points, seven rebounds and six assists.

Alfonzo McKinnie had 10 points and five rebounds in 16 minutes, Jonas Jerebko grabbed eight rebounds in 14 minutes, Shaun Livingston got a key fourth-quarter steal and Jordan Bell blocked a couple shots.

The rebounding was particularly notable, as Mavericks center DeAndre Jordan only yanked down 14 while Dallas won the overall glass battle 51-49.

Luka Doncic, still good

After the Warriors beat the Mavericks on Dec. 22 at Oracle Arena, Draymond Green offered this instant analysis of rookie Luka Doncic: “That dude good. He got it. He’s going to be a problem. He’s already a problem.”

Three weeks later, Doncic still is good – and was a problem for the Warriors on Sunday.

Doncic, now starting at point guard, gave the Mavericks 26 points, five assists and six rebounds. He has mastered the step-back 3 and his court generalship is impressive, nothing short of amazing for a 19-year-old.

The Mavericks are hanging around the playoff race. They might get there. If they do, Doncic will be in the middle of things. He’s going to be a problem for the Warriors, and many other teams for the foreseeable future.

That dude good.

Steph Curry believes Sabrina Ionescu has basketball 'in great hands'

Steph Curry believes Sabrina Ionescu has basketball 'in great hands'

Two Bay Area legends were in attendance Friday night at Haas Pavilion when the University of Oregon women's basketball team played Cal. One was on the floor, and one was in the seats. 

Warriors star Steph Curry brought his two daughters, Riley and Ryan, to watch Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu. The Walnut Creek native recorded her 25th career triple-double as the Ducks downed the Bears, 93-61.

On Saturday, Curry paid his respects to Ionescu, who is a huge fan of the two-time NBA MVP.

"The game is in great hands," Steph wrote on Instagram, with a picture of him and Ionescu after the game.

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Ionescu dropped 17 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in what was her seventh triple-double of her senior season. She is nine rebounds away from becoming college basketball’s first 2,000-point, 1,000-rebound, 1,000-assist player.

"The competitive nature that she has, you can't teach that," Curry told Pac-12 Network's Kate Scott. "She could be blessed with all the talent in the world, but if she didn't have that, she wouldn't be who she was."

Ionescu, who starred at Miramonte High School in Orinda before going to Oregon, is expected to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 WNBA Draft. She is averaging 17.1 points, 8.8 assists and 8.7 rebounds per game for the Ducks.

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While she's dominating on the floor, Ionescu certainly is excited for Curry's return to the court. Steph participated in his first live scrimmage at Warriors practice Saturday, after breaking his hand in the fourth game of the season, and he's eyeing a March 1 return to Golden State's lineup.

Basketball is in better hands when the two Bay Area legends are healthy and putting on a show in their sport. 

Watch Anthony Edwards, top NBA draft prospect, throw down poster dunk

Watch Anthony Edwards, top NBA draft prospect, throw down poster dunk

Anthony Edwards can get up and throw it down.

The Georgia shooting guard proved that Saturday, when he put Vanderbilt freshman Braelee Albert on an eye-popping poster with this ferocious slam.

Edwards scored 19 points to go along with his rim-rattling dunk, in an 80-78 comeback win over the Commodores. Georgia improved to 14-13 on the season with the victory, which came on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer.

Edwards, a freshman, again showed why he could be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. He shot 7 of 16 from the field and also grabbed five rebounds. 

What really stood out, though, was Edwards' athleticism and vision on this play. 

Edwards, who doesn't turn 19 until August, has been questioned about his shot selection, but he's carrying the load on a Georgia team that isn't exactly full of NBA talent. It's just another reason why he could be an intriguing option for the Warriors in the June draft.

The majority of mock drafts currently have Golden State selecting Edwards with a top pick. He isn't a positional fit like Memphis center James Wiseman would be, but Edwards' athleticism and upside could be an instant boost. 

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Entering Saturday, Edwards was averaging 18.9 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. That's nearly what he dropped Saturday, as the 6-foot-5, 225-pound guard put his skills on display.

The Warriors surely have their eyes on every top draft prospect right now. Edwards' performance in a win over Vandy could vault him up their draft board, too.