Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/8

Game 1: Monday, November 8th
Game 2: Tuesday, December 14th
Game 3: Tuesday, February 15th
Game 4: Wednesday, March 23rd

Mavericks 114

(34-16, 17-7 away)

Warriors 107

(14-38, 10-17 home)

    Coverage: FSSW

    7:30 PM ET, February 15, 2005

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    DAL 34 33 19 28114
    GS 29 24 35 19107

    Top Performers

    Dal: D. Nowitzki 35 Pts, 11 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    GS: J. Richardson 26 Pts, 5 Reb, 7 Ast, 3 Stl

    Mavs have won 22 of last 24 meetings

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Dirk Nowitzki was stretched face-down on a training table, both ankles wrapped with plastic and ice. He rolled over and sat up gingerly, muttering a German exclamation under his breath as he tiptoed to the shower.

    The Dallas Mavericks are weary and aching, but that hasn't kept them from an excellent start to a tough road trip.

    Nowitzki had 35 points and 11 rebounds, and Michael Finley scored 24 points as the Mavericks got their third straight victory, holding off the Golden State Warriors 114-107 Tuesday night.

    Devin Harris scored 15 points for the Mavericks, who beat Golden State for the 22nd time in their last 24 meetings.

    After playing what Nowitzki called "terrible" defense in the second half, Dallas needed a 12-2 surge midway through the fourth quarter to avoid an embarrassing loss after impressive road wins at Sacramento and Seattle on the first two stops of this five-game trip.

    "Offensively, we pretty much did whatever we wanted all night long," Nowitzki said. "But defensively, we had major letdowns. ... We made it a lot harder on ourselves than it should have been. For some reason, we just can't finish teams off. We let teams hang around."

    The Mavericks played without third-leading scorer Jerry Stackhouse, who has a strained groin muscle, and starting center Erick Dampier missed most of the second half with a foot injury. But Finley played 44 minutes and Nowitzki went 15-for-18 on free throws, and the Mavericks' stars kept them ahead down the stretch.

    "We have a tired team," coach Don Nelson said. "They have not been able to play in the second half (the way) we want. ... We ride Dirk. We ride him all the time, whether he's on a roll or not."

    Jason Richardson had 26 points and seven assists for Golden State, but its 11th loss in 13 games followed a familiar script. Just as they did Sunday night against Phoenix, the Warriors rallied from an early 17-point deficit, took a late lead -- and couldn't hold it because of bad defense and turnovers.

    Speedy Claxton had 23 points, nine assists and six rebounds, and Mike Dunleavy scored 18 points for Golden State.

    "I didn't think we had the defensive intensity to start the game," coach Mike Montgomery said. "We were able to come back and grab the lead, but couldn't finish it out. The guys didn't quit out there, and I wish they could play like that for 48 minutes."

    Dallas went up 108-98 with 4:03 left on a hook shot by Josh Howard, who had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Golden State scored the next seven points to get the home crowd on its feet, but Nowitzki hit two free throws and added a clinching jumper with 18 seconds left.

    Dampier had six points and five rebounds in his first appearance in Oakland since the Warriors traded him to Dallas last summer. Fittingly for a center who spent the previous seven seasons fighting injuries, Dampier was sidelined by a foot injury -- and Nelson said the center probably will miss Thursday's game at Phoenix.

    "I wanted to have a good performance, but all the guys played hard," Dampier said. "We'll just have to see how it feels tomorrow. If I can't go again, I'll just rest it (during the All-Star break)."

    Stackhouse, Dallas' third-leading scorer with 15.8 points a game, was hurt Feb. 6 in a game against Toronto, forcing him to miss three of the Mavs' last four games.

    Nowitzki scored 12 points in the first quarter, and Dallas gradually built a 14-point halftime lead. But Golden State opened the third quarter with a 29-12 spurt in less than nine minutes, taking an 82-79 lead on Richardson's 3-pointer.

    "We're a better team than our record is showing," Richardson said. "You play for your pride. That's what these guys are doing out there."

    The Warriors' young lineup got even younger in the previous 24 hours with the departure of veteran forward Cliff Robinson, traded to New Jersey for two draft picks, and the activation of 18-year-old rookie Andris Biedrins, the NBA's youngest player. Biedrins didn't play.

    Game notes

    X-rays on Dampier's foot were negative. ... The Warriors wore their burnt-orange third uniforms, and Dallas wore its home whites. ... Dampier blocked 728 shots for the Warriors, ranking third in franchise history behind Joe Barry Carroll and Adonal Foyle. ... In December, Golden State snapped a 12-game losing streak with a 111-107 win at Dallas.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 114 107
    FGM-FGA 46-82 (.561) 43-89 (.483)
    3PM-3PA 5-13 (.385) 9-21 (.429)
    FTM-FTA 17-24 (.708) 12-19 (.632)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-46 9-36
    Assists 26 25
    Turnovers 18 16
    Steals 11 12
    Blocks 4 7
    Fast Break Points 11 25
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 20 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 17 5

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Dirk Nowitzki Nowitzki
    Points: 35
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 2
    Jason Richardson Richardson
    Points: 26
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0