Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/27

Game 1: Tuesday, November 27th
Game 2: Saturday, December 1st
Game 3: Saturday, March 9th
Game 4: Saturday, March 16th

Warriors 106

(7-8, 4-5 away)

Mavericks 116


    Coverage: FSSW

    7:30 PM ET, November 27, 2001

    American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    GS 39 23 17 27106
    DAL 23 26 33 34116

    Top Performers

    Golden State: A. Jamison 32 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Dallas: M. Finley 39 Pts, 3 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl

    Finley, Nowitzki potent enough to overcome Jamison

    DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas Mavericks figure they're never out of a game, not with the offensive firepower of Michael Finley and Dirk Nowitzki.

    Michael Finley matched his career-high with 39 points on 16-for-28 shooting.

    Finley matched his career-high with 39 points and Nowitzki added 33 as the Mavericks came back from a 21-point deficit and stretched their winning streak to four games with a 116-106 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night.

    After a listless first half on defense, the Mavericks picked up the pace in the second half on that end of the court -- which also lifted Dallas' energy level offensively.

    Golden State shot 15-for-25 from the field in the opening quarter, but sagged to 17-for-46 in the second half.

    "We turned it around in the second half," said Nowitzki. "We started rebounding a lot better. We came in stronger, played better defense and made some shots."

    Dallas used a 33-17 third-quarter charge, including eight points by Finley during an 11-2 run over the final 3:45 of the quarter, to go in front for good. Finley had four consecutive baskets for his team during the critical stretch.

    "We had to get some flow and get into our game," Finley said. "They started missing them and we started making them. We took (the Warriors) kind of lightly and it was a good test for us."

    Tim Hardaway's 3-pointer with 36.5 seconds left in the third quarter broke a 79-all tie and gave the Mavericks their first lead since midway through the opening quarter.

    The Mavericks went ahead by as many as 12 points in the fourth quarter, with the Warriors only able to get as close as 112-106 with 31.9 seconds left on Larry Hughes' two free throws.

    Steve Nash and Adrian Griffin had 12 points each to help the Mavericks to their 10th consecutive win over the Warriors.

    Antawn Jamison had 23 of his season-high 32 points in the first quarter as the Warriors jumped out to a 39-23 lead. Jamison's first-quarter total was the most by a Mavericks opponent in any quarter in team history.

    "I thought we were a little too passive at the beginning of the game," said Mavericks coach Don Nelson. "We made some adjustments in the second half. We had to be aggressive and take them out of their offense."

    Danny Fortson had a season-high 24 points and 16 rebounds for the Warriors.

    In the opening quarter, Jamison was 10-for-12 from the field, 3-of-4 from 3-point range. The Warriors went on to a 44-23 advantage early in the second quarter, their largest of the game.

    Golden State carried a 62-47 lead into halftime.

    "We did a terrific job in the first half executing our offense," said Jamison. "Our guys got open shots and we moved the ball. But it's a 48-minute game. In the second half, (Dallas) stepped up on defense and they were patient. We didn't get into the flow of our offense. Instead of us keeping the pressure on them, we kind of folded."

    The young Warriors showed their inexperience, failing to maintain their intensity level of the first half.

    "We're still learning how to win," said Fortson. "A team like that, you have to put them away, especially in the third quarter. They just turned it up on us. We're a young team. We're going to have to learn the hard way a couple of times how to put away teams."

    Game notes
    Finley had 39 points against Cleveland on Jan. 27, 1998. ... The Mavericks announced the crowd at 17,110, but there were about 5,000 no-shows because of the threat of ice storms in the area. ... Golden State has lost five of its last seven. ...Larry Hughes had a season-high 12 assists for the Warriors.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 106 116
    FGM-FGA 39-88 (.443) 44-88 (.500)
    3PM-3PA 7-18 (.389) 5-15 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 21-25 (.840) 23-27 (.852)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 20-50 12-39
    Assists 26 24
    Turnovers 17 7
    Steals 6 6
    Blocks 6 2
    Fast Break Points 24 16
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (0/0) 23 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Antawn Jamison Jamison
    Points: 32
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 2
    Michael Finley Finley
    Points: 39
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0