DALLAS (AP) -- More important than staying undefeated, the Dallas
Mavericks found out they can win under adverse conditions.
After falling behind by 17 points to winless Golden State in the
first half and being forced into overtime by an incredible
3-pointer, the Mavericks led throughout the extra session and won
101-98 Monday night.
"We'll take it. But we know we didn't play a complete game, and
it almost cost us," Michael Finley said. "We were playing their
record instead of their team."
Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 points, including the opening basket in
overtime that put Dallas ahead to stay. Finley had 17 points, but
missed 17 of his 22 shots.
The Mavericks are 4-0 for only the third time, and they still
haven't allowed 100 points in a game. But this one was ugly.
"We were certainly tested, but we responded," coach Don Nelson
Jason Richardson forced overtime with a 3-pointer from the
corner despite being double-teamed with 12 seconds left in
regulation. He had a chance to force another overtime, but his
3-pointer from the top of the key hit the front rim as time
Golden State gave up a 57-43 halftime lead with a miserable
third quarter. The Warriors went 3-of-23 -- with one field goal
coming on a goaltending call -- and managed only 10 points.
It was the Warriors' 12th straight loss in Dallas since April
1999, and their 21st in 22 games overall against the Mavericks.
"We got a little tired and as a result Dallas picked up their
pressure," Warriors first-year coach Mike Montgomery said. "If we
kept the pressure on them, it changes everything, but we couldn't
Marquis Daniels made two free throws with 49 seconds left in the
third to put the Mavs ahead 68-67 -- their first lead since the
game's opening minutes.
After a back-and-forth fourth, Nowitzki hit an 18-foot fadeaway
jumper on the first possession of overtime, and Jason Terry's
basket pushed Dallas ahead 92-88.
Josh Howard had 14 points and 13 rebounds for Dallas. Nowitzki
also had 10 rebounds.
Richardson led the Warriors with 25 points and 10 rebounds.
Derek Fisher had 23 points -- just six after halftime and none in
"Coming close is no consolation," Richardson said. "It could
be ugly, it could be pretty, we don't care. We're searching for a
Erick Dampier, traded from Golden State to Dallas during the
summer, made a short hook shot with 1:05 left in regulation to put
the Mavericks ahead 86-85. Dampier finished with six points and
five rebounds in 29 minutes, two days after a 13-point, 18-rebound
game against Memphis.
After Finley hit two free throws with 16 seconds, Richardson
tied it at 88-all from the left corner -- over Finley and Daniels.
Nowitzki's 20-foot shot hit the rim as time expired.
The Warriors went on a 20-2 run in the first quarter, including
three straight baskets from Fisher, the third a 23-foot jumper for
Golden State's first lead.
By the time Fisher hit another long jumper to cap the spurt,
Golden State led 22-9 and stayed in front until Daniels' free
throws to end the third.
It was the first of four road games in six days for Golden
State. Dallas starts the same stretch Tuesday at Orlando. ... A
night after a season-high 18 points and nine assists, Warriors G
Speedy Claxton sat out with a bruised right thigh. ... Eduardo
Najera, the Dallas fan favorite sent to Golden State in the Dampier
deal, missed his only shot but had five rebounds in his 10 minutes.
... The Mavs gave away Rolando Blackman bobblehead dolls. When the
team's career scoring leader, and now TV broadcaster, came on the
court during a timeout in the second quarter, a fan yelled "Put on
a jersey." Dallas trailed by 15 at the time.