Rapid Reaction: Mavs 104, Warriors 94
How it happened: The Dallas Mavericks managed to beat Golden State’s summer league team without expending a whole lot of energy.
It wasn’t exactly an inspirational effort in the Mavs’ final home game of the regular season. They let a team that started four rookies hang around all night.
But it can’t be considered surprising that the Mavs seemed to lack motivation a night after clinching the franchise’s 12th consecutive playoff berth while sitting on the couch.
It’s not like the win was ever in question for the Mavs. They closed the third quarter with a 6-0 run and added the first bucket of the fourth quarter to give themselves enough of a cushion to cruise to the buzzer.
Vince Carter lit it up in the fourth quarter to make sure that the Warriors’ leftovers wouldn’t be a threat down the stretch. Carter scored 13 of his team-high 19 points in the fourth quarter, when he was 4-of-5 from the floor, including the 1,500th made 3-pointer of his career.
Brandan Wright, the young lottery pick Golden State gave up on last year, added a season-high 17 points on 8-of-9 shooting.
Minutes might have been the most important category in the box score for the Mavs. Delonte West, who had 16 points, was the only Mav to play more than 30.
What it means: The Mavs moved a game ahead of the Nuggets for sixth place in the West. Golden State took another step toward retaining its first-round draft pick, which is top-seven protected.
Bold play of the game: Shawn Marion came off a screen on an inbounds pass, curled to the hoop, caught a pass from Carter and dunked with two hands over two Warriors. That gave the Mavs a 73-70 lead and was part of an 8-0 run.
Stat of the night: The Mavs didn’t extend their NBA-record streak of games with a made 3-pointer until the final play of the third quarter, when West knocked one down from the right corner. They missed their first 14 3-point attempts and finished 3-of-19 from long range. The streak now stands at 1,084 games.
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