Mavericks Crush Warriors, Win 101-73

The Dallas Mavericks host Golden State as they look to challenge the Lakers for the second seed in the West.

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Mavericks Roll Past Warriors, Win 101-73

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki scored 20 points and Peja Stojakovic hit five of Dallas’ 12 three-pointers in his return to the court, sparking the Mavericks to a 101-73 thumping of the Golden State Warriors.

Stojakovic missed the previous six games due to a neck injury and ended with 17 points off the bench for the Mavs, who went 2-4 in his absence. Rodrigue Beaubois chipped in 15 points and Tyson Chandler pulled down a game-high 17 rebounds for the victors.

Golden State’s 73 points were 30 below its average and were the fewest allowed by Dallas this season.

Monta Ellis led the Warriors with 18 points, but it wasn’t enough to stop a three-game losing streak.

“It was just an off night for guys. Guys couldn’t find their shot,” said Warriors forward Dorell Wright, who scored six points on 2-of-8 shooting.

Nine different Mavs scored in a first quarter that saw the hosts jump out to a 31-23 lead.

Stojakovic hit three consecutive shots from behind the arc to start the second frame, and Dallas went into the intermission with a 51-43 advantage after the Warriors scored the half’s final eight points.

Golden State was as close as 60-56 following Ellis’ step-back jumper five minutes into the third quarter, but the Mavs scored the next eight points to rebuild the double-digit lead on DeShawn Stevenson’s three-pointer.

The Mavs ended the third on a 7-0 run for a 76-63 cushion, and Beaubois’ two free throws capped a 14-point spurt in the fourth for a 92-68 difference that was not threatened in the final five minutes.

“This is a challenging team to play because they’re very quick, they’re very skilled,” Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said of the Warriors. “It’s one of our better defensive games in the last couple of weeks. It gives us something to build on.”

Game Notes

Dallas forward Shawn Marion missed the game due to a wrist injury…The Warriors scored just 10 points in the fourth quarter, and the 73 points were the second lowest output for the team this season (72 in a loss to Milwaukee on November 13)…Dallas has won six straight meetings, including three this season…Stephen Curry scored 11 points of 4-of-12 shooting in the loss…Ian Mahinmi had nine points and 13 rebounds off Dallas’ bench.


Mavericks Host Warriors, Aim For Second In West

(Sports Network) - The Dallas Mavericks have stumbled a bit recently and will try to get back on track when they resume a three-game homestand tonight versus the Golden State Warriors in Big D.

Dallas has dropped three of four and five of its last eight games, including Friday's 97-91 setback versus the Southwest Division-rival San Antonio Spurs. Dirk Nowitzki had 23 points and Jason Terry added 19 for the Mavericks, who are 24-11 at home and seeded third in the Western Conference.

"It was a disappointing loss tonight. Obviously we're not playing the way earlier on this season and this point right now," Terry said. "The good thing, the positive thing is we still have time to get things corrected. We've got to come to practice tomorrow, strap them up, watch some film and get ready for Golden State (Sunday)."

The Mavericks will also host Minnesota and can clinch a postseason spot with a win and a Phoenix loss against the LA Clippers.

On the injury front for Dallas, forward Shawn Marion is questionable for tonight's game with a wrist injury suffered against the Spurs. Marion had 13 points in the recent setback.

Golden State is running out of time for a playoff berth and sits 7 1/2 games off the eighth and final postseason slot in the West.

The Warriors will continue a four-game road trip that began with Friday's 108-97 loss in Phoenix, as Dorell Wright scored 30 points and David Lee registered 16 and 10 rebounds for Golden State, which has dropped three in a row and fell to 9-25 as the guest.

Monta Ellis only had eight points and Stephen Curry scored 15 in defeat.

"We never quit," said Golden State guard Stephen Curry. "I think the bench came in and gave us some great minutes, got some defensive stops, got the ball moving in our direction a little faster and Dorell and Al Thorntoncame in and got some good offensive possessions for us. Defensively, we were a little better; we just didn't have enough to get over the top."

Golden State will also visit the Spurs and Rockets on the trip.

Dallas has beaten the Warriors twice already this season and has won five straight and eight of the past 10 matchups in the series. The Warriors have dropped 18 of their previous 23 contests in Big D.

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