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Curry has overtime answer for Warriors' lack of big men

Dallas --
Who needs big men when you have Stephen Curry?
The Warriors point guard had his 15th game this season with at least 20 points and 10 assists, including a game-winning jumper with 0.1 seconds left in overtime to give his team a 122-120 victory and some breathing room in their playoff positioning.
Dirk Nowitzki hit his season-high sixth three-pointer with 3:08 left to give Dallas a 115-111 lead, but Klay Thompson and Curry knocked down back-to-back jumpers to put the Warriors ahead 118-117 with 1:42 to play.
After the teams traded missed shots, the Mavericks called a timeout with 51.8 seconds on the clock and eight seconds on the shot clock. Jose Calderon made a three-pointer to give Dallas a 120-118 lead with 42.9 seconds left, but Jermaine ONeal dunked home the tying bucket and then blocked Monta Ellis layup attempt with 13.9 seconds left.
Curry drilled a wing jumper for the game-winner with 0.1 seconds left, sprinted to the opposite end of the court and told the crowd, We out.
The Warriors (46-28), playing without starting big men David Lee and Andrew Bogut, have won five of their past seven and 10 of their past 14 to stay within 1 1/2 games of fifth-place Portland, which played late Tuesday at the Lakers, and move two games up Memphis and Phoenix.
The Mavericks (44-31) lost for the fourth time in their past seven to drop into ninth place, one spot outside the Western Conferences tight postseason race, but they had plenty of chances to win this one at the American Airlines Center.
Ellis scored seven straight Mavericks points and gave them a 104-100 lead on a jumper with 2:50 remaining, but Andre Iguodala and Thompson hit consecutive three-pointers to tie it 108-108 with 61 seconds to play.
After Ellis missed a jumper with 40.9 seconds left, Marreese Speights dunk attempt was blocked by Shawn Marion with 28.9 seconds left. But Iguodala grabbed the offensive rebound and got it to Curry, who missed a three-pointer with 4.9 seconds on the clock.
Dallas called a timeout with 1.7 ticks left, but the inbound pass went off Ellis shoe to send the game into overtime.
The Warriors sprinted out to an 8-0 lead and were still ahead 25-17 when Jackson put four reserves on the court with Green. Instead of giving ground - as has often been the case recently - the bench unit extended the lead. Jordan Crawfords acrobatic layup with 29.9 seconds left in the first quarter gave the Warriors a 30-19 advantage.
Devin Harris had four points and an assist during a 9-0 run that trimmed the Mavericks deficit to 30-28 with 9 1/2 minutes left in the second quarter, and Monta Ellis eventually tied it 37-37 with a three-pointer at the 7:02 mark. Nowitzki scored 16 second-quarter points, including 11 straight for Dallas as the Mavericks went ahead 62-51 on his three-pointer 49.9 seconds before halftime.
After allowing New York to end Sundays first half on a 15-0 run, the Warriors yielded an 11-4, half-closing run to Dallas, which scored 41 second-quarter points - the most the Warriors have allowed in a quarter this season.
The Warriors reeled off an 8-0 run near the start of the third quarter and trimmed the deficit to 63-61 on a Curry layup with 9:04 remaining. Curry, who had 11 points and four assists in the third quarter, tied it 76-76 with a three-pointer at the 2:53 mark, and Marreese Speights gave the Warriors their first second-half lead with a putback and 1:13 to play in the third.
With a four-point lead and 11:40 to play, Jackson subbed in four reserves. Three and half minutes later, Dallas took a 91-90 lead on a Carter finger roll. The Warriors trailed 97-95 when Jackson used a timeout to get Curry and Green back into the game.
Wednesdays game
Who: Warriors (46-28) at Spurs (58-16)
Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio
When: 5:30 p.m.
TV/Radio: CSNBA/680
Of note: The NBA-leading Spurs are riding a league-best 18-game winning streak. They havent lost since Feb. 21 at Phoenix and have posted a 16.6-point average margin of victory during the span. ... The Spurs havent lost since Kawhi Leonard returned from a broken finger Feb. 26, and the small forward has averaged 14.2 points on 52 percent shooting, 6.7 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.6 blocked shots during the stretch. ... San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich has led 14 of the franchises 17 double-digit win streaks. ... The Spurs are the NBAs only team with a winning percentage of at least .750 at home and on the road. ... San Antonios offense leads the league in assists (25.4 per game), three-point percentage (40.2 percent) and fourth-quarter scoring (27.2 points) and ranks second in field-goal shooting (48.9 percent). ... Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker have won 495 games together and are closing in on the NBAs all-time winningest trio of Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish, who won 540 games for Boston.
- Rusty Simmons
Rusty Simmons is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. E-mail: rsimmons@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @Rusty_SFChron

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