Warriors stun Mavericks and take 3-1 series lead
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Baron Davis had a monster game with 33 points,
eight rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals, as Golden State edged
Dallas, 103-99, in its Western Conference quarterfinal series at ORACLE Arena.
Jason Richardson poured in 22 points for the Warriors, who took a stunning 3-1
lead in the best-of-seven series. Stephen Jackson had 19 points and Mickael
Pietrus donated 16 points off the bench in the victory.
“We’re resilient,” Davis said. “We got down, but they were missing shots. We
just need to keep playing defense.”
Jerry Stackhouse led the Mavericks with 24 points, while Dirk Nowitzki had 23
with 15 rebounds. Josh Howard also notched a double-double with 22 points and
12 boards while Jason Terry chipped in 19 points.
Dallas, which has lost five straight playoff road games, hasn’t lost in the
first round of the postseason since 2004 when it was ousted in five games by
the Sacramento Kings.
Game 5 is scheduled for Tuesday at American Airlines Center.
Golden State, down by seven midway through the fourth quarter, ripped off a
15-2 run — capped by Davis’ fadeaway jumper — to take a 96-90 lead with
just under one minute to play.
After Terry buried a three-pointer for Dallas, Matt Barnes responded with one
of his own to keep the Warriors’ edge at six, 99-93 with 23.9 seconds left.
Nowitzki, though, hit a trey, and after Richardson hit two from the line,
Nowitzki converted a second three to keep the Mavericks alive and cut it to
Davis then converted 1-of-2 from the charity stripe and Pietrus stole the
inbounds pass from Devin Harris and hit a free throw to seal the win.
Golden State finished 46 percent from the field, while Dallas shot 44 percent.
With the game knotted at six early on, Dallas went on an 11-2 spurt — capped
by Howard’s jumper — for a nine-point edge and led 27-21 at the end of the
Golden State, however, chipped away at the Mavericks’ lead and finally tied it
at 42 on Pietrus’ three-pointer with 2:14 left in the second. Moments later,
Nowitzki hit a layup to put Dallas up by three, but Barnes responded with a
trey to make it a 46-46 game.
Nowitzki then converted a three-point play before Davis took the inbounds pass
with less than one second left and buried a three from half-court at the
buzzer to knot it at 49 at halftime.
The game remained nip-and-tuck in the third with the Mavericks leading by as
many as nine on DeSagana Diop’s running hook shot with just over three minutes
The Warriors, trailing 77-72, deadlocked things when Davis hit a triple and
then stole the ball on a Stackhouse turnover, slamming it home to make it a
77-77 contest entering the fourth.
Dallas outrebounded Golden State, 49-34…Attendance was 20,672.