Warriors try to leave Dallas with 2-0 advantage
(Sports Network) – The eighth-seeded Golden State Warriors stunned the top-
seeded Mavericks in Game 1 and will try to leave Dallas with a 2-0 lead, as
the teams square off tonight at American Airlines Center in Game 2 of the
first round of the Western Conference playoffs.
This is a best-of-seven series. Game 3 is scheduled for Friday at ORACLE
In Game 1, Baron Davis poured in 33 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, and dished
out eight assists to lead the Warriors to a stunning 97-85 win over the
Mavericks on Sunday at the American Airlines Center.
Stephen Jackson scored 23 points for the Warriors, while Jason Richardson
added 13 points in the victory.
Golden State earned its first playoff victory since April 25, 1992, when it
defeated the Seattle SuperSonics, 115-101. The Warriors also won their first
playoff game on the road since defeating the Lakers in Game 2 of the Western
Conference semifinals on May 8, 1991.
Josh Howard finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds, but only shot 8-of-21 for
the Mavericks, who shot just 35.3 percent from the field. MVP candidate Dirk
Nowitzki finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Devin Harris scored 19
The Mavericks have won five straight Games 2s in the postseason, while Golden
State has captured five of its last six Game 2s.
Dallas lost in six games last season to the Miami Heat in the championship
round last year. The Mavericks reached the 60-win mark for the third
time in franchise history during the 2006-07 regular season, as they won a
franchise-best 67 games.
The last time the Mavericks lost in the first round of the playoffs was in
2004, when they were ousted in five games, 4-1, by the Sacramento Kings.
Golden State, which had the longest playoff drought in the NBA, returned to
the postseason for the first time since 1994, when it was led by Chris Mullin,
Latrell Sprewell and Chris Webber. The Warriors were swept, 3-0, by the
Phoenix Suns in the first round of the playoffs.
Dallas and Golden State are meeting in the playoffs for the first time.