Friday , Mar , 24 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Richardson’s buzzer-beater leads Warriors over Dallas

=== Richardson’s buzzer-beater leads Warriors over Dallas ===

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Jason Richardson scored 40 points, including a
dramatic buzzer-beating three-pointer to win the game for the Golden State
Warriors, who beat the Dallas Mavericks, 122-121, at American Airlines Center.

Mike Dunleavy scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds while Derek Fisher
added 17 points and dished out seven assists for the Warriors, who have now
won three of their last four games.

Dirk Nowitzki scored a game-high 51 points, two short of his career-high, and
pulled down nine boards while Jason Terry contributed 29 points and seven
assists for the Mavericks, who fall 1/2 a game behind the idle San Antonio
Spurs in the Southwest Division.

After Terry missed the second of two free-throws, Richardson grabbed the
rebound and dribbled upcourt. He spun around a defender and launched a leaning
three-pointer that found the bottom of the net at the buzzer for the game-
winner.

“I think our players deserved that win,” said Warriors coach Mike Montgomery.
“We’ve been through so many games where at the end we haven’t made a play and
now Jason steps up and hits a huge shot.”

The Warriors took a seven-point lead into the final frame but quickly
relinquished it as Nowitzki scored five straight points for a 98-97 lead
midway through the quarter. The two teams traded the lead over the next five
minutes until Nowitzki hit a pair of free throws and then a turnaround jumper
with 2:28 left give Dallas a 110-107 lead.

Terry pushed the lead to five, 112-107, with 1:18 to play as he hit a jumper
from the right wing. However, Troy Murphy converted a three-point play with
18.6 seconds to play to cut the lead to two, 117-115.

Darrell Armstrong hit 1-of-2 freebies for the Mavericks with 16.5 seconds left
giving Dallas a 118-115 lead. On the ensuing possession, Richardson was sent
to the line with 9.3 seconds to go and hit both cutting the lead to one,
118-117.

Jerry Stackhouse hit two free throws, but Fisher countered with two from the
line to make it 121-119 and set up the final plays of the game.

“It’s a very disappointing loss,” said Nowitzki. “We had a terrible defensive
outing. Really after the first couple of minutes where we came out firing it
was a terrible defensive outing after that.”

The Mavericks jumped out to a 10-3 lead as Nowitzki scored six points during
the run and 12 points in the first quarter as Dallas held a slim two-point
edge after the first stanza, 28-26.

Golden State took its first lead of the game early in the second quarter as
Monta Ellis drilled a three-pointer to put the Warriors up, 31-28. They
maintained a small edge over the rest of the quarter and led 57-54 at the
half.

Dallas regained the lead early in the third quarter as Terry hit a layup
to put the Mavericks up one, 60-59. They extended their lead to as many as six
points when Nowitzki converted a conventional three-point play. However, a
Dunleavy three-pointer less than one minute later sparked an 11-0 run for the
Warriors. Golden State hit three shots from long distance during the run, the
last of which was drilled by Richardson, putting the Warriors ahead, 78-73.
The Warriors led 92-85 going into the final 12 minutes.

Game Notes

The Warriors lead the season series 2-1. The road team has won all three
meetings…It was the second career 50-point game for Nowitzki…The Mavericks
set a franchise record by going 30-for-30 at the foul line before missing
three of their last eight, they shot 35-of-38 overall…The Mavericks shot
54.1 percent from the floor while the Warriors connected on 46.7 percent of
their shots.

DAL GSW