How it happened: Golden State proved as pesky as ever, but the Dallas Mavericks found a way to win again, 105-100, to take their win streak to 10 in a row to open a season-long, six-game homestand.
The expected up-and-down game came with 24 lead changes, 11 ties and no lead larger than the Mavs' eight-point bulge, 92-84, with 4:24 to go, but that was quickly deflated to 92-89 with 2:57 to go.
While Dirk Nowitzki put up his usual 25 points, Caron Butler had 19 and Jason Terry heated up for 20, the real story of this streak-extender was the Mavs’ third- and fourth-string French centers -- Ian Mahinmi and Alexis Ajinca. They got their shot because Tyson Chandler was out with a stomach ailment and Brendan Haywood, who got the start, picked up two fouls in the first quarter.
Ajinca played nine emergency minutes and he nabbed two rebounds in the first 57 seconds he played, which were the final 57 seconds of the first quarter. He would go to halftime with three points, six rebounds -- three on each end -- a steal and two blocks, one coming at the rim on Stephen Curry.
Mahinmi, the Spurs castoff who played well in San Antonio during his last extended playing time, was so good Tuesday that coach Rick Carlisle never went back to Haywood in the fourth quarter. Mahinmi logged all 12 minutes and played 21 minutes to 18 minutes for Haywood, who finished with four points, six rebounds, three blocks and three turnovers.
Mahinmi finished with his first career double-double: 12 points, three shy of his career high, and 10 rebounds. He made 8-of-10 free throws, equaling Haywood's total made free throws on the season (8-of-32). He also had two steals and a block.
The little-used big man started off the fourth quarter with a big putback and swatted a drive by Monta Ellis. With less than a minute to go and the Mavs clinging to a slim lead, he grabbed Ellis' errant shot off the backboard, came down and stuck out his elbows. It was his board, his 10th, a career-best.
What it means: The Mavs' 10th consecutive victory is tied for the eighth longest in franchise history. The franchise best is 17 during the 2006-07 season when they also ran off a 12-gamer and two streaks of 13, which was matched last season. The Mavs also have had one streak of 11 (1987-88), and they started the 2002-03 with 14 wins in a row.
Play of the game: Golden State's Reggie Williams had the ball stripped from behind by Terry, then David Lee picked up the loose ball and made a pass. But Shawn Marion swooped up and intercepted it with his left hand, transferred it to his right hand and sent a three-quarters-court bounce pass to Terry on the run for a dunk. Williams, trying to make up for his blunder, fouled Terry, who converted the 3-point play at the 11:14 mark of the second quarter for a 30-27 lead.
Stat of the night: After going 10 consecutive games without scoring 20 points and with his shooting percentage dropping, Jason Terry turned in his second consecutive 20-point game with 20 on 8-of-12 shooting. And he did his damage almost exclusively from inside the 3-point arc. He made 1-of-2 from behind it.