Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 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 93

(14-32, 4-21 away)

Mavericks 117

(26-19, 14-7 home)

    Coverage: ESPN/WatchESPN

    9:00 PM ET, January 28, 2009

    American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    GS 25 22 23 2393
    DAL 31 38 23 25117

    Top Performers

    Golden State: S. Jackson 25 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

    Dallas: B. Bass 16 Pts, 11 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Blk

    Dirk, Howard spark 2nd-quarter run as Mavs dump Warriors

    Associated Press

    DALLAS -- After a couple of awful defensive performances last week, the Dallas Mavericks slowed down one of the highest-scoring teams in the league.

    Dirk Nowitzki and Josh Howard keyed a game-changing run during the second quarter, and Jason Terry scored 22 points to lead the Mavericks past the Golden State Warriors 117-93 Wednesday night.

    Fast Facts

    • Dallas won for the fourth time in its last five games vs. Golden State and is now 24-12 in its last 36 games (2-7 prior to that).

    • Six Mavericks scored in double-figures including a team-high 22 from Jason Terry. Terry has scored at least 20 points in 25 games this season.

    • Stephen Jackson led the way for the Warriors with a game-high 25 points (20th 20-plus point game this season).

    -- ESPN research

    Milwaukee torched the Mavericks for 133 points last Wednesday, and Dallas allowed Boston to score 74 points in the first half on the way to a 124-point outburst Sunday.

    It was a far different story against the Warriors, who had scored at least 100 in 14 straight games.

    Golden State came into the game averaging more than 107 points, second highest in the NBA. Dallas held the Warriors to 39 percent shooting from the field and scored 22 points off 14 turnovers.

    "When we do that on defense, our offense is always good," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "Stops are always going to lead to good things for us."

    The Mavericks outscored the Warriors 32-11 over the final 7:45 of the second quarter. Howard and Nowitzki each scored eight points during the push and Dallas led 69-47 at halftime.

    Golden State missed 12 of its last 15 shots in the first half.

    "Anytime you can hold a great offensive team with a lot of shooters like they have, your defense is doing a good job," Nowitzki said. "We rotated, we had quick hands and we were rebounding. Defense won the game."

    Nowitzki scored 20 points, Howard added 19, Brandon Bass had 16 and James Singleton chipped in with a season-high 14 for Dallas, which rebounded after losing by 24 to the Celtics.

    Golden State's Stephen Jackson had 25 points and Corey Maggette came off the bench to score 21. The Warriors, the NBA's worst defensive team yielding nearly 112 points per game, have lost their last three games at Dallas by a combined 71 points.

    "I was disappointed with our play, but so be it," Warriors coach Don Nelson said. "They had their way with us and they deserved to win."

    Dallas was up 37-36 when it opened its big run by hitting eight straight from the field.

    Howard started the surge with a 3-pointer and Terry connected on a 3-pointer with 29 seconds left to close the first half.

    "We've got to be consistent and we're fighting to do that," Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd said. "We've had some no-shows. If we want to make the playoffs, we have to play every night."

    The Mavericks, who outscored the Warriors 38-22 in the second quarter, set a season high for points in a half behind Nowitzki's 18 points. Dallas led by as much as 30 and the Warriors got no closer than 18 points in the second half.

    Golden State dropped to 4-21 on the road and 0-7 against teams from the Southwest Division.

    "I wish we would have gone down fighting," Jackson said. "We didn't match their intensity and gave them every shot."

    Jackson scored 12 straight Golden State points, including consecutive 3-pointers, during a 15-6 first-quarter run. But Dallas closed out the quarter with a 19-6 run for a 31-25 advantage.

    The Warriors got within 37-36 on Ronny Turiaf's jumper with 7:45 left in the first half before the Mavericks broke the game open.

    Game notes


    Warriors G Jamal Crawford was in the starting lineup after missing two games due to a bruised right knee. F Brandan Wright (dislocated left shoulder) and G Marco Belinelli (sprained right ankle) remain sidelined for Golden State. ... Attendance was announced as a sellout of 19,864, but there were pockets of empty seats as fans stayed home due to freezing rain that hit the area on Tuesday night. ... Dallas' previous high for any half was 67 points. ... Mavericks C Erick Dampier had 10 points and 11 rebounds, the first time he scored double figures in 13 games.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    GS
    DAL
    Points 93 117
    FGM-FGA 34-88 (.386) 44-89 (.494)
    3PM-3PA 6-11 (.545) 8-14 (.571)
    FTM-FTA 19-21 (.905) 21-26 (.808)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-38 14-53
    Assists 18 25
    Turnovers 14 16
    Steals 8 6
    Blocks 5 8
    Fast Break Points 11 20
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 18 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 7 30

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Dallas
    Stephen Jackson Jackson
    Points: 25
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Brandon Bass Bass
    Points: 16
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2