How it happened: The Mavs had a poor offensive performance against one of the league’s worst defensive teams.
The Warriors, who ranked second to last in points allowed (106.3 per game), managed to make a veteran Dallas squad look dazed and confused for most of the second half. The Mavs contributed to their misery by continuing to launch long-range jumpers instead of attacking the paint.
The Mavs misfired on 20 of their 25 3-point attempts. The bulk of their points during a 50-point first half came in the paint (32), but the Mavs didn’t attack the Golden State defense until too late in the second half, making a run that fell short with a three-guard lineup in the final four minutes.
The third quarter was simply a disaster for Dallas. Here’s how bad it was: Monta Ellis had an 18-17 scoring advantage over the Mavs.
The Mavs made only seven of 28 shots from the floor during that quarter, when they were 1-of-12 from 3-point range while coughing up a lead that they never got back.
Dirk Nowitzki, who was the only thing the Mavs had going offensively in Thursday night’s lopsided loss to the Lakers, really struggled. He finished with 16 points on 5-of-16 shooting (1-of-9 in the second half) and was frustrated enough to get whistled for a technical foul in the fourth quarter.
What it means: It’s more evidence that the Mavs are a mediocre team right now. They’re 8-7 in their last 15 games. They were blown out by the Lakers and lost to the lottery-bound Warriors in their last two games. The Mavs are probably locked into the third seed in the West, so this loss probably doesn’t affect the playoff picture. But, man, it sure looks bad.
Play of the game: J.J. Barea blew by Stephen Curry early in the third quarter and delivered a beautiful lob off the dribble to Tyson Chandler, who threw it down with two hands. Barea dribbled with his left hand into the paint and put up a no-look pass with his right when Chandler’s man came over to help. Too bad there weren’t many Mavs highlights after that.
Stat of the night: J.J. Barea (13 points, 11 assists) had the third triple-double of his career.