Mavs Drop Second Straight, Lose To Golden State

The Dallas Mavericks take on the Golden State Warriors tonight, looking to rebound from their 110-82 loss to the Lakers on Thursday.

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Mavs Drop Second Straight, Lose 99-92 To Golden State

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Monta Ellis had 32 points to lead Golden State to a 99-92 win over the Dallas Mavericks, snapping a six-game skid in the matchup.

David Lee contributed 16 points, while Dorell Wright scored 13 for the Warriors, who gained their third straight home victory.

Dirk Nowitzki had an off night, going 5-of-16 from the field for 16 points for the Mavericks. Shawn Marion led the way with 21 points, while Jason Terry added 17, also off the bench, but the Mavs suffered back-to-back losses. Coming off a 28-point defeat to the Lakers, Dallas struggled to a 5-of-25 performance from beyond the arc against the Warriors.

Dallas still has a firm hold on the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference, three games ahead of Oklahoma City. They trail the Lakers by 2 1/2 games for second place.

The downfall for the Mavs was their 34 percent shooting in the second half. That included a 1-of-9 performance from Nowitzki.

Golden State trailed 50-48 at the half, but Ellis scored 18 during the pivotal third quarter. He scored the final 10 points during a 13-0 run that gave the Warriors the lead for good. The burst ended with Golden State holding a 68-57 cushion with 4:10 left in the period.

“I thought our fans, once again, gave us the juice and the energy to play. They came out and supported us big time, as always, and that’s the first step,” said Golden State head coach Keith Smart. “You gotta win at home first.”

The Warriors held a 72-67 edge going to the fourth and pushed the margin to 12 points at 87-75 on a pair of Al Thornton free throws, combined with a technical foul shot from Stephen Curry with five minutes left.

Dallas rallied within 91-88 on a Marion dunk with 2 1/2 minutes left, but couldn’t get over the hump. After two Nowitzki free throws made it a three- point margin again, Curry drove in the dagger, sinking a three-pointer for a 96-90 difference with 1:47 to go.

Game Notes

The Mavericks are 13-3 against the Pacific Division this season. The other two losses have come against the Lakers…The Mavericks currently own the best road record in the NBA at 27-12…Golden State went 22-of-24 at the foul line.

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Dallas Mavericks Vs. Golden State Warriors: Mavs Look To Rebound From Loss To Lakers

(Sports Network) - The Dallas Mavericks had enough time to erase the memories of their blowout loss to the Los Angeles Lakers and will resume a six-game road trip this evening against the Golden State Warriors.

Dallas had a chance to make ground on the two-time defending champion Lakers, but dropped a 110-82 decision in Hollywood on Thursday night. Dirk Nowitzki proved his worth of an MVP nod with 27 points and 13 rebounds, while Peja Stojakovic netted 13 points in a reserve role.

J.J. Barea provided 10 points off the bench for the Mavericks, who had a five- game winning streak stopped and fell to 3-1 on the road swing. Mavs guard Jason Terry and Lakers guard Steve Blake got into a heated exchange, leading to a few other players getting involved.

"It was a competitive game and things got chippy," Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle said. "It was a tough night offensively."

The Mavericks are two games behind the Lakers for the second spot in the Western Conference and 3 1/2 games in back of San Antonio in the Southwest Division standings. They will also visit Portland on the trek and own a 27-11 mark away from Big D this season.

In injury news for Dallas, forward Corey Brewer (knee) is questionable for tonight's game in Oakland.

Golden State is playing out the string and has lost two straight and eight of 10 games, including Wednesday's 110-91 loss at Memphis.

Dorell Wright and Monta Ellis had 16 points apiece and David Lee added 12 and nine rebounds for the Warriors, who have dropped eight in a row on the road.

"They capitalized on the mistakes we made," said Ellis, who is questionable for Saturday's game with a high right ankle sprain. "They made plays."

The Warriors are back at home where they own a 23-14 mark this season.

Dallas is aiming to sweep a season series from Golden State for the first time since winning all four meetings in the 2002-03 campaign. The Mavericks have won six straight and 11 of the past 14 matchups between the teams.

The Mavs are unbeaten in three straight trips to the Bay Area.

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