Stephen Curry missed 12 consecutive shots in the first quarter as Golden State Warriors fail to beat Dallas Mavericks as they celebrated the retirement of Nowitzki’s No. 41 by beating the cold-shooting Curry and the Warriors 99-82 on Wednesday night.

Slovenian Luka Doncic scored 26 points in the game.

Dallas responded with its first four-game winning streak of the season in Doncic’s third game back since a career-long, 10-game absence caused by left ankle and knee issues and a positive COVID-19 test.

Playing without European sidekick Kristaps Porzingis, who went into the health and safety protocols just as Doncic came out, Dallas’ 22-year-old sensation played aggressively and was 10 of 12 on free throws with eight assists and seven rebounds.

”The body of work over the course of this year’s been pretty solid,” said Curry, who scored 14 points and made just five of 24 shots coming off his worst shooting night of the season. ”This stretch has not been great not up to my standards. So you’ve just to stick to the program. It’ll come around.”