Mavericks Vs. Warriors: Bench Carries Dallas To Victory

With the victory, the Mavericks won their last home game of the year to solidify their No. 6 spot in the West.

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2012 NBA Standings Update

The Dallas Mavericks are down to their final two in the 2011-12 NBA regular season after defeating the Golden State Warriors on Friday night. The win kept the Mavericks in third place in the Southwest division, behind the division-winning San Antonio Spurs and the Memphis Grizzles.

Southwest Standings

WLPCTGBSTRK
San Antonio 46 16 .741 0 Won 6
Memphis 38 25 .603 8.5 Won 3
Dallas 36 28 .562 11 Won 2
Houston 32 31 .507 14.5 Lost 6
New Orleans 20 43 .317 26.5 Won 1


Dallas remains in sixth place in the Western Conference as well, putting them in line for a date with either the Los Angeles Lakers on the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs. While the Mavericks cannot move up to the fifth seed, they can move down to the seventh seed, which would pit the Mavericks against either the Oklahoma City Thunder or San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the playoffs.

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Mavericks Vs. Warriors Final Score: Dallas Gets Past Golden State, 104-94

Fighting for playoff positioning the Dallas Mavericks used a second half charge to defeat the Golden State Warriors 104-94. At the half the Mavericks only led by one point, but they extended that lead in the third and fourth quarters by making their free throw shooting and bench play.

On the night Dallas able to get the victory by making 25-of-26 from the line compared to the Warriors who went 11-for-21, and having their bench out score the Warriors bench 54-22.

Vince Carter and Brandan Wright both came off the bench to lead the Mavericks in scoring with 19 and 17 points each. The Mavericks also were able to get double digits from Dirk Nowitzki, Delonte West and Shawn Marion.

The win for the Mavericks strengthened their hold on the No. 6 spot in the West by putting them one game ahead of the Nuggets and 2.5 ahead of the Suns who are in the No. 8 spot.

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Mavericks Vs. Warriors Halftime Score: Dallas Struggling Against Golden State, Lead 50-49

The Dallas Mavericks are jockeying for playoff positioning but they are currently struggling against the Golden State Warriors and lead 50-49 at the half. The Mavericks are lucky to be leading by only one point as they have missed all 10 of their three-point shots compared to five made for the Warriors.

However, the free throw shooting for the Mavericks has countered the Warriors three-point shooting 12-of-13 compared to 4-of-5 for the Warriors. Also the bench for the Mavericks has stepped up and outscored the Warriors bench 26-11.

leading the way for the Mavericks is backup center Brandan Wright who has come off the bench for the to lead the Mavericks in scoring with 13 points while Dirk Nowitzki has 12 points.

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Mavericks Schedule 2012: With Playoff Spot Clinched, Dallas Playing For Seeding

The Mavs entered Thursday night in sixth place in the Western Conference, the highest team in the West yet to clinch a playoff berth. But with Houston's loss to New Orleans, Dallas has finally clinched that playoff spot.

With two games this weekend and three remaining in the season, the Mavs' seeding is far from decided with the logjam in the middle of the Western Conference standings. So there still is a lot of play for.

The Mavs regular-season home finale is Friday night as the Golden State Warriors come to town. Dallas is 22-10 at home this season and the Warriors are 13th in the Western Conference standings. By all means, this is a game the Mavs should win easily.

The next night, the Mavs head to Chicago to take on the top team in the Eastern Conference in the Bulls. Chicago hasn't yet clinched the top spot in the East, so they could still have something big to play for. The Mavs are 13-18 on the road this season.

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

The Mavs are officially in the playoffs, but now they'll need to keep winning for the best seed possible. Their home finale Friday against Golden State is still a must-win.

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