Dallas’ 17-game win streak comes to an end at Golden State
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Don Nelson and the Warriors apparently have the
formula of how to beat Dallas, and Monday it came at the right time as Golden
State blew out the Mavericks, 117-100, to stop their franchise-record 17-game
Nelson’s Warriors are the only team to beat Dallas twice this year, and
dropped the Mavericks to 52-10, sending them to their first defeat since
January 25 at Chicago.
On Sunday, the Mavericks looked unbeatable against the Lakers in a 108-72
final, as Dallas handed LA its first home defeat in franchise history. One
night later the tables were turned against a team that Mavs have had trouble
with over the last two seasons.
Golden State went to Dallas on November 6 and earned a three-point win, and
Monday’s triumph was the fifth in the last six meetings against the NBA
powerhouse. Last year’s victories by Golden State were under Mike Dunleavy,
but Nelson, who was at the helm of the Mavericks from 1997-2005, had his team
energized from the start Monday.
It was a case of Jekyll and Hyde for the Warriors, who were blown out,
106-87, Sunday night at Portland. Two-time All-Star guard Baron Davis (knee)
missed that game, but returned Monday with an inspired effort of nine points
and seven of Golden State’s 31 assists.
Mickael Pietrus had 20 points to lead six Golden State players in double
figures, as the Warriors won for the fourth time in five contests to move
within a game of the LA Clippers for the eighth spot in the Western
Jason Richardson, Al Harrington and Stephen Jackson each added 16 points for
Golden State, which shot 57.1 percent from the field.
A frustrated Dirk Nowitzki was limited to 13 points and nine rebounds on
3-of-11 shooting and committed seven of Dallas’ 23 turnovers, as the Mavs
gave up their most points this season. Nowitzki even picked up a technical
foul while on the bench for arguing in the third quarter.
Erick Dampier and Jason Terry each had 16 points for Dallas, which shot 42.3
percent and lost for just the third time in 41 games.
Golden State scored the game’s first eight points before Dallas rallied to
lead 20-19 following a pair of Greg Buckner free throws. The game was tied at
33 after the first, but the tide turned sharply in the second.
An 11-0 run moved Golden State to a 48-35 lead. Pietrus had the final five
points of the run and the Warriors led 64-51 at the half.
It only got worse for Dallas in the third, Jackson’s fadeaway jumper pushed
the margin to 79-58 and it was 98-69 going into the fourth. Golden State led
by as many as 31 in the final period.
The teams will meet for a final time April 17 in Oakland….Buckner and Josh
Howard each had 11 points for Dallas, while Croshere had 13 boards…Matt
Barnes scored 11 for Golden State, which won handily despite being