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Stephen Curry supplied an overtime winner to clinch a 122-120 victory over the home side Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night, increasing his World Cup chances this year.

The first quarter started with Golden State on the front foot leading 30-21, with Curry and Klay Thompson even on six points.

But, Dallas responded in the second quarter hitting 41 points against the Warriors 23; the German Dirk Nowitzki scored 16 points as the power forward showed his dominance.

At this point Mark Jackson's men took the game to the Mavericks, recording 31 points in the third with Stephen Curry taking home 11 points for the Warriors, while teammate Jermaine O'Neal scored five of his six field goal attempts hitting ten.

Going into the fourth the Warriors were leading 85-81 however the Mavericks stepped up and won the quarter 27-23.

But Stephen Curry had the chance to nick the game in the dying embers with a field goal attempt but failed, taking the game to overtime.

Overtime was tight, but as the buzzer sounded Curry tried a free-throw and scored, winning the quarter 14-12, and the match.

The 26-year-old scored 23 points in Dallas, with three rebounds and ten assists.

Curry stated after the game to ESPN that he had to carry on shooting even though he wasn't scoring.

"I had missed a couple in regulation and a couple in overtime that I felt were good, so I just knew to keep shooting it, and thankfully it went in to win the game."

The Warriors point guard has been in tremendous form this season; having played 71 games, hitting an average of 23 points and eight assists every game.

This is the 26-year-old's fifth season at Golden State and it's been his second highest points scoring campaign yet, only sitting 100 points behind his last years' personal best of 1,786 points.

There have been rumours that Stephen Curry has been tipped to make Team USA's World Cup squad later in the summer, as Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul are in contention as well.

Westbrook has an average of 21 points, five rebounds and seven assists every game, while Chris Paul is the favourite, but considering the 28-year-old has a less points per game ratio, the point guard hits an average ten assists each game.

Golden State will hope the point guard stays fit for the remaining campaign as the Warriors sit second in the Pacific Division behind L.A Clippers, while sitting sixth in the Western Conference eying a play-off place.

Last season the Warriors finished sixth in the Western Conference and made it to the semi-finals before losing to top of the group San Antonio Spurs 4-2.

Mark Jackson's next few games are favourable, as after their tough encounter with the Spurs on Wednesday they face Utah, L.A Lakers and Sacramento; with all these teams failing to make this years' play-offs.

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