Warriors try to send Mavs on an early vacation
(Sports Network) – The eighth-seeded Golden State Warriors can send the top-
seeded Dallas Mavericks on an early vacation, as the team battle tonight at
American Airlines Center in Game 5 of their first-round matchup.
Golden State leads this best-of-seven series 3-1. If necessary, Game 6 is
scheduled for Thursday at ORACLE Arena.
Only two eighth-seeded teams have ever defeated a one seed in the first round
of the playoffs. Denver eliminated the Seattle SuperSonics, 3-2, in the first
round of the 1994 playoffs, while the Knicks knocked out the Miami Heat in
five, 3-2, during the opening round of the 1999 postseason. No eight seed has
ever defeated a one seed in a best-of-seven series.
On Sunday, Baron Davis finished with 33 points, eight rebounds, four assists
and a pair of steals, as Golden State edged Dallas, 103-99, in Game 4 at
Jason Richardson poured in 22 points for the Warriors, while Stephen Jackson
ended with 19 points and Mickael Pietrus contributed 16 points off the bench
in the victory.
Jerry Stackhouse led the Mavericks with 24 points for Dallas, while MVP
candidate Dirk Nowitzki collected 23 and 15 rebounds. Josh Howard also notched
a double-double with 22 points and 12 boards and Jason Terry chipped in 19
points in defeat.
Golden State has not won a playoff series since 1991 when it eliminated the
San Antonio Spurs, 3-1, in the opening round of the postseason. 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.
The Mavericks have lost three of their last four Games 5s in the postseason,
while Golden State has dropped three straight Game 5s.
Dallas lost in six games 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.
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.