Final

Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 3)

Series starts 1/28

Game 1: Wednesday, January 28th
Warriors93Final
Mavericks117
Game 2: Friday, March 13th
Mavericks110Final
Warriors119
Game 3: Wednesday, March 25th
Warriors106Final
Mavericks128

Warriors 106

(25-47, 6-31 away)

Mavericks 128

(43-28, 26-8 home)

Coverage: CBHD

8:30 PM ET, March 25, 2009

American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

1 2 3 4 T
GS 26 30 27 23106
DAL 37 26 32 33128

Top Performers

Golden State: A. Morrow 29 Pts, 2 Reb, 1 Ast

Dallas: D. Nowitzki 26 Pts, 5 Reb, 5 Ast

Barea's late surge helps Mavs hold off Warriors

Associated Press

DALLAS -- This was hardly fair: a rested team aiming to improve its playoff position and build on a home-court winning streak against a tired team playing out a miserable season and missing its second-leading scorer.

The Dallas Mavericks gladly took it.

Fast Facts

• Dallas improved its home win streak to nine games, winning six of them by double digits.

• J.J. Barea had 20 of the Mavericks' 52 points off the bench.

• The Warriors lost their seventh straight on the road and are 6-31 away from home this season.

-- ESPN Stats & Information

Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry came back from a four-day break as sharp as ever and J.J. Barea led a late surge, sending the Mavericks to a 128-106 victory over the weary, woeful Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night.

The Mavs scored their most points of the season and narrowly missed their most-accurate, too, settling for 58.5 percent. They went ahead for good when the game was only a few minutes old, then when the Warriors got within four late in the third quarter, Barea quickly ended any suspense, going on an 8-0 run that had Dallas up by 21 a few minutes later.

"Offensively, we had a pretty good night," Nowitzki said. "Defensively, we had some letdowns. We definitely have to be better defensively as the competition gets better."

Dallas won its ninth straight at home, a streak that bears watching because the Mavs are home for seven of their final 11 games. They hold the eighth and final playoff spot in the West, but are only three games behind Houston for third.

Another scheduling quirk is that Dallas just finished an All-Star-break-like layoff. Coach Rick Carlisle apparently found the right mix of practice considering his team scored 37 points in the first quarter and was hitting 70 percent of its shots late in the second quarter.

"I thought, all things considered, we handled it well," Carlisle said. "We had two good days of practice. They weren't long practices but they were hard and guys worked."

Terry jammed his shooting wrist Tuesday and Carlisle wasn't sure how it would be for this game. So he didn't turn in a starting lineup to opposing coach Don Nelson; Nelson retaliated by not giving out his lineup, either.

"He has every right to do that," Carlisle said. "I understand."

Carlisle decided to go with Terry because he felt good during warm-ups and the coach wanted to keep him in the flow. It was a good call as Terry was 8-of-10 in the first half. Nowitzki was 7-of-8, and the duo finished with 26 points each.

Barea scored 20, including an 8-0 run at the end of the third quarter that included three straight layups then a pair of free throws after getting whacked on his next drive into the lane. Early in the fourth quarter, he twisted from one defender, got by another with an up-and-under move and then spun the ball in off the backboard for yet another layup.

"They kept calling that high pick-and-roll for me and I kept being aggressive," Barea said.

Of course, it helped to be playing Golden State -- which has now lost three straight and four of five, plus seven in a row on the road.

Worse yet for the Warriors, they were playing their third game in four days and were coming off a last-minute loss in San Antonio. In that game, Corey Maggette hurt his head in a collision with a Spurs player, keeping him out of this one and probably the next game, which is Saturday night at Denver.

"It was one of those tough nights," said Golden State's Stephen Jackson, who scored eight points in the first quarter and only four more the rest of the game. "We didn't get calls, things were going their way, our defense was terrible. They stayed on it the whole game and we were never able to get back."

Well, they were within 87-83 late in the third quarter.

"I guess we did, I really wasnt paying too much attention," Jackson said. "They did what they needed to do to win the game. Theyre trying to get a playoff spot and they played like it tonight."

Anthony Morrow was 10-of-11 for 29 points, his most since November, and Monta Ellis scored 22. Nelson praised Morrow and said Ellis played OK, "but other than that I don't think anybody else had a really good game. But, that's the way it goes."

Game notes


Dallas C Erick Dampier had eight points and 10 rebounds in 23 minutes after missing the two previous games with a swollen left knee. ... Before the game, Jason Kidd and Mavs trainer Casey Smith were given rings for being part of the U.S. Olympic team that won a gold medal in Beijing. ... Movie director Spike Lee, a noted Knicks fan, sat courtside with Mavs owner Mark Cuban. Lee is in town for a film festival. ... Golden State grabbed only 10 rebounds in the first half, just 26 in the game.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
GS
DAL
Points 106 128
FGM-FGA 38-80 (.475) 48-82 (.585)
3PM-3PA 7-14 (.500) 4-15 (.267)
FTM-FTA 23-29 (.793) 28-32 (.875)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-26 8-44
Assists 21 27
Turnovers 14 14
Steals 11 11
Blocks 2 2
Fast Break Points 20 32
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (1/0) 20 (1/0)
Largest Lead 3 23

Top Performers

Golden State
Dallas
Anthony Morrow Morrow
Points: 29
Reb: 2
Ast: 1
Stl: 0
Blk: 0
Dirk Nowitzki Nowitzki
Points: 26
Reb: 5
Ast: 5
Stl: 0
Blk: 0