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Dallas Mavericks: Postgame Curry brothers: Steph tells Jason Witten matchup was ‘surreal,’ heads to Mavs locker room to find Seth


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Brothers Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) and Dallas Mavericks guard Seth Curry (30) are pictured during the Golden State Warriors vs. the Dallas Mavericks NBA basketball game at the American Airlines Center in Dallas on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. (Louis DeLuca/The Dallas Morning News)


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Brothers Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) and Dallas Mavericks guard Seth Curry (30) are pictured during the Golden State Warriors vs. the Dallas Mavericks NBA basketball game at the American Airlines Center in Dallas on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. (Louis DeLuca/The Dallas Morning News)


Editor’s note: This live tracker followed brothers Steph and Seth Curry throughout Tuesday as they faced up for their first-ever NBA matchup since Seth became a league starter. Scroll down for the original story or enjoy the most recent updates on top.

Update, Wednesday 1:20 a.m.: The Curry brothers weren’t the on-court storyline in the Warriors’ 112-87 win Tuesday night. Steph finished with 17 points, nine assists and five rebounds before resting the fourth quarter, while Steph tallied 10 points, three boards and four assists.

But both captured the attention after the game, from Jason Garrett and Cowboys players visiting Steph to Steph subsequently visiting Seth. Even Dirk Nowitzki chimed in.

And Steph seemed to bring back some recruiting days shade.

“Bob Stoops still think he’s a better shooter,” he said of Seth. “He got me with a pump fake tonight. I’m glad he missed it. It’s the only time I’m glad he missed a shot because I fell for it.”

Yes, it was intentional, Seth later said. But he missed the shot after the crowd went crazy over his move.

“I heard some oohs and ahs [and] saw we were lined up one on one,” Seth said. “I tried to go at him a little bit.”

Just like “some battles in the backyard,” Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett chimed in.

What a “special feeling” to see a brother in an NBA game, Nowitzki said. The Big German paid his respects to each.

“We’re all proud of obviously what Seth has done this year, carved a spot out and been a starter for us, played really really well and taken good shots,” Nowitzki said after the game. “He had a stretch where I feel like for weeks he didn’t miss. So I’m happy for him.

“And we obviously all know Steph’s one of the best in the business.”

To end the night, one of the best in the business headed toward the home locker room to find the Mavs’ starting guard.

A Warriors PR guy told Steph the team was headed the other way, actually.

“I’m going to the Mavs locker room to see my brother,” he said. 

Update, 9:50 p.m.: The Mavs fell to the Warriors 112-87 Tuesday night, bringing Seth’s all-time NBA record vs. his brother to 0-6. 

Update, 9:20 p.m.: The Warriors appear poised to cruise toward a win, bringing Steph’s advantage to 6-0 in games where the brothers matched up. Both Currys ended the third quarter in double digits scoring, Seth up to 10 points on 4 for 9 shooting while Steph went 7 for 14 from the field and added two more three balls.

They also enjoyed a stretch of five game shots where the Currys made four. Seth hit the first two. Dirk made a jumper. And then Steph raised his brother’s 4 points to score 5 in the stretch.

Update, 8:40 p.m.: The Warriors pulled away in the second quarter, outscoring the Mavericks 34-20 to take a 62-50 lead into halftime. Steph Curry took a trip to the locker room before re-entering the game to help his teammates. The Warriors brother had two assists, a steal and a rebound but went scoreless in the second.

Seth Curry had three late points for the Mavs.

Curry count: Steph 7, Seth 6

Update, 8:05 p.m.: The underdog Mavericks are leading 30-28 at the end of the first quarter. Both Currys were good from long in the game, with Seth putting Dallas on the board with an early 3. Steph Curry had 7 points including a long ball, three boards and two assists. Seth kicked in two boards and two assists himself.

Update, 7:45 p.m. Minutes before tipoff, members of the Warriors organizations said it’s an excited night for their teams and the Curry family.

“It’s just a cool night,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “It’s great for the Curry family. I can only imagine watching my kids play against each other in the NBA. That’s got to be an unbelievable thrill for Dell and Sonya. And it’s fun for us.”

Kerr said Seth Curry has been around the Warriors in recent years.

“We’ve gotten to know him a little bit …. and all of us are really happy for Seth that he’s really established himself in this league.”

Steph Curry, too, said he doesn’t take the opportunity to play vs. family at the NBA level for granted.

“We definitely relish that opportunity,” he said. “It’ll be like blacktop battles we used to have growing up taken to the NBA courts.”

Original story, 12:47 p.m.: Steph and Seth Curry face off in Dallas on Tuesday night for the sixth time in the brothers’ careers — and the first since Mavericks guard Seth became an NBA starter. Both brothers said the opportunity to face each other on a bigger stage than their backyard means a lot to their family.

“That situation never gets old for me, whether he’s starting or just in the building,” Warriors guard Steph said in Oklahoma City on Monday night. “It’s so surreal to play against your brother in the NBA.”

Seth, too, said the chance is “like a dream come true.” But the dream-like quality doesn’t mean he’ll be sleeping. The younger Curry is 0-5 in the brothers’ NBA matchups, and he wants to change that.

Turning around the Mavs with 42.4 percent shooting from 3 (Steph lags at 40.0) was the first step toward reclaiming the family crown. Still, Steph’s averaged 23.6 points and 51.1 percent 3-point shooting in their matchups while Seth’s recorded just 7.4 and 33.3 percent respectively.

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The Mavericks’ Curry is the personal underdog in the matchup in addition to Golden State entering as 7-point favorites. Will that underdog persona earn Seth his parents’ favor?

“They stay pretty neutral, obviously want us both to play well and things like that,” Seth said at the Mavericks’ Tuesday morning shootaround. “But I’m sure they’ve got to be rooting for me tonight: I’m 0 and [5] against them. So hopefully my team can get a win for the first time.”

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said the contest will be a “special-type moment” that both brothers look forward to. But Dell and Sonya Curry’s boys are more than just stars on the court.

“I have such great respect for the family,” Carlisle said. “His kids are obviously terrific kids, they’ve been brought up extremely well and their values are the right kind of values you want.

“They’re high character. But I’m sure it’s competitive.”

As Steph and Golden State come to Dallas, he’s not underestimating his younger brother’s ability.

“It’s been fun to watch him play at that level,” Steph said. “Now just got to figure out how to slow him down.”

Stay tuned for live highlights of the Curry matchup through the night.

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