Playoff-hopeful Warriors host the Mavericks
(Sports Network) – The playoff-hopeful Golden State Warriors need a win
tonight, as they host the Dallas Mavericks at ORACLE Arena.
Golden State, which has not qualified for the postseason since 1994, is one
game ahead of the Los Angeles Clippers for the eighth and final playoff spot
in the Western Conference.
If the Warriors win tonight and the Clippers lose at Phoenix, Golden State
would clinch the final playoff spot in the West and meet the top-seeded
Mavericks in the opening round.
The Warriors are 2-0 against the Mavericks this season, and have won four
straight contests in the series. Dallas has lost two straight after winning
its last three at Golden State.
On Sunday, Jason Richardson poured in 32 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and
dished out seven assists as Golden State crushed the Minnesota Timberwolves,
121-108, at ORACLE Arena.
Al Harrington ended with 18 points, while Baron Davis netted 17 and Monta
Ellis scored 12 for the Warriors, who have won three straight and seven of
their last eight games overall. Mickael Pietrus and Kelenna Azubuike
contributed 11 points apiece off the bench.
Golden State, which has won four in a row as the host, is 29-11 at home this
season. The Warriors wrap up their regular season on Wednesday against the
Portland Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden.
The NBA-best Mavericks, who have clinched home-court advantage throughout the
playoffs, open a season-ending two-game road trip. Dirk Nowitzki and Devin
Harris both scored 21 points to lead Dallas over the San Antonio Spurs, 91-86,
on Sunday at American Airlines Center.
Josh Howard finished with 15 points and six rebounds for the Mavericks, who
have won four of their last five games overall. Veteran Jerry Stackhouse added
14 points in the victory.
Dallas is 30-9 on the road this season. The Mavericks will visit the Seattle
SuperSonics on Wednesday at KeyArena.