April 12, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Jason Terry (31) shoots the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the second quarter at ORACLE Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Mavericks Vs. Warriors: Dallas Pulls Out Much Needed Win

The Mavericks made it close, but in the end their offensive execution was too much for a callow Golden State squad on Thursday night.

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NBA Western Conference Standings: Can Dallas Catch The Grizzlies?

Dallas entered Thursday night in a three-way tie with Houston and Denver at the bottom of the Western Conference playoff field, and with a key road win at Golden State, now has a half-game advantage over the Nuggets and Rockets and are in striking distance of 5th seed Memphis.


Western Standings

GP W-L PCT
Oklahoma City Thunder 58 42-16 .724
San Antonio Spurs 57 41-16 .719
Los Angeles Lakers 59 37-22 .627
Los Angeles Clippers 59 36-23 .610
Memphis Grizzlies 58 34-24 .586
Dallas Mavericks 59 33-26 .559
Houston Rockets 58 32-26 .552
Denver Nuggets 58 32-26 .552
Utah Jazz 59 31-28 .525
Phoenix Suns 58 30-28 .517
Portland Trail Blazers 59 28-31 .475
Minnesota Timberwolves 60 25-35 .417
Golden State Warriors 58 22-36 .379
Sacramento Kings 59 19-40 .322
New Orleans Hornets 58 16-42 .276

Both teams will get a stretch of teams largely outside of the playoff pictures - Dallas takes a road trip to Portland, the Lakers and Utah, while Memphis will next play the Jazz and Hornets.

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Mavericks Vs. Warriors Final: Dallas Holds On For 112-103 Win

After a dominant first half, the Dallas Mavericks fell asleep in the third quarter, nearly letting the Golden State Warriors back in the game.

However, they righted the ship thanks to a strong offensive effort from Dirk Nowitzki and a tough zone defense, pulling away for a 112-103 road win.

The Mavericks, who are tied with the Denver Nuggets and the Houston Rockets for the sixth seed in the Western Conference, needed this game desperately, and Rick Carlisle treated it like a playoff game, frequently calling timeouts to halt Warriors runs in the second half.

Golden State got a strong effort from rookie Klay Thompson, who finished with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists, as well as David Lee, as he had a huge match-up advantage against the Dallas front-line.

However, when the game was still close in the fourth quarter, they had no answer for Dirk in the low block, in a scene reminiscent from the Mavericks championship run in 2011.

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Mavericks Vs. Warriors: Dallas Out To Huge 63-49 Lead

In a must-win game against a young team clearly in full-tank mode, the Dallas Mavericks came out with one of their best performances of the season, getting out to a 63-49 half-time lead against the Golden State Warriors.

Dallas came out flat, but their bench took over in the second quarter, scoring 38 points in the first half.

Brandan Wright, playing against the team who initially drafted him, had 12 points and 6 rebounds on 4-5 shooting. Rodrigue Beaubois had several acrobatic finishes in the lane, with 11 points and 4 assists on 5-8 shooting.

Golden State, who started second round picks Charles Jenkins and Jeremy Tyler with Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut shut down, was a step slow the entire first half, as the game was barely even competitive at points.

The Warriors will only keep their first-round pick if they finish in the Top 7 of the draft, and they are certainly playing like it.

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Mavericks Vs. Warriors: Game Time, TV Info And More

Dallas has a "golden" opportunity to move up the standings in a game against a Warriors team that has already packed it in for the season.

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2012 NBA Standings: Mavericks, Nuggets And Rockets Tied At Bottom Of Playoff Pool

As the NBA nears the end of the regular season, at first glance the Dallas Mavericks seem comfortable enough in the Western Conference playoff race, but their sixth place standing is by virtue of tiebreakers, and the Mavs could be on the outside looking with just a few losses. Dallas is 32-26, the same record as Denver and Houston, with 31-28 Utah in ninth place looking to make up ground.

The hottest of the three teams is Denver, having won two straight and six of their last ten. Both the Nuggets and Rockets are off Thursday, while Dallas travels to Golden State.


Western Standings

GP W-L PCT
Oklahoma City Thunder 58 42-16 .724
San Antonio Spurs 56 40-16 .714
Los Angeles Lakers 59 37-22 .627
Los Angeles Clippers 58 35-23 .603
Memphis Grizzlies 57 34-23 .596
Dallas Mavericks 58 32-26 .552
Denver Nuggets 58 32-26 .552
Houston Rockets 58 32-26 .552
Utah Jazz 59 31-28 .525
Phoenix Suns 58 30-28 .517
Portland Trail Blazers 59 28-31 .475
Minnesota Timberwolves 59 25-34 .424
Golden State Warriors 57 22-35 .386
Sacramento Kings 59 19-40 .322
New Orleans Hornets 58 16-42 .276

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