The Warriors validated their No. 1 seed in the 2013 NBA Summer League Tournament Thursday night by storming back to eke out a 79-76 win over the 16th-seeded Dallas Mavericks.
Golden State closed the game on a 17-4 run to earn their fourth win and remain unbeaten in the Summer League. The Warriors have now won 11 consecutive Summer League games, their last loss coming in 2010. With the win, they advanced to Round 3 of the tournament, where they will face the eighth-seeded Los Angeles Lakers at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
Trailing by 12 with 3:21 remaining in the game, Kent Bazemore took advantage of an open lane with a monster left-handed dunk over a defender.
It coaxed the following tweet from Warriors All-Star forward David Lee: "Great comeback by the summer league squad tonight, proud of you guys! @KentBazemore20 I didn't know you could dunk?!! #GSW"
The Mavericks led by 14 in the fourth quarter, but a balanced attack brought Golden State back. Bazemore, the Warriors' Summer League leading scorer, accounted for 11 of the team's 16 first-quarter points. He finished with a game-high 25, but the Warriors had four other players in double figures. Cameron Jones scored 15, Ian Clark tallied 13, and Draymond Green and Lance Goulbourne each contributed 10 points.
Justin Dentmon scored a team-high 19 points off the bench for the Mavericks, who lost Jae Crowder to an apparent ankle injury.
The Mavericks will face the Chicago Bulls Saturday at 7 p.m. in the consolation bracket.