Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/4

Game 1: Monday, November 4th
Game 2: Saturday, December 7th
Game 3: Friday, March 14th
Game 4: Saturday, April 12th

Warriors 100

(1-3, 0-2 away)

Mavericks 107


    Coverage: FSBAY

    7:30 PM ET, November 4, 2002

    American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    GS 20 25 27 28100
    DAL 32 31 18 26107

    Top Performers

    Golden State: J. Richardson 39 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Dallas: S. Nash 30 Pts, 8 Reb, 5 Ast

    Nash, Nowitzki helps Mavericks extend streak

    DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas Mavericks had to sweat a little before extending their winning streak to 14 games over the Golden State Warriors.

    Steve Nash

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Steve Nash scored 30 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 24 points and 13 rebounds as the Mavericks wasted a 22-point first-half lead before holding on for a 107-100 victory Monday night.

    ''They came back hard on us,'' Nowitzki said. ''We can't take them lightly. They started making big buckets and that got them back in the game.''

    Jason Richardson scored 39 points for the Warriors, one short of his career high. Gilbert Arenas had 22 points and Antawn Jamison 21 for Golden State (1-3), playing its third game in four nights.

    Nick Van Exel scored five straight points down the stretch with the game in the balance, and Michael Finley added 17 points to help the Mavericks (3-0) to their best start since winning their first three games in 1997-98.

    ''We're 3-0 and obviously not disappointed about that,'' said Mavericks center Shawn Bradley, who had six points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots in 20 minutes. ''But we can't afford to lose leads like that and we have to play smarter.''

    Coach Don Nelson and top assistant Donnie Nelson were back on the bench for the Mavericks after serving a two-game suspension. They were disciplined by the NBA for attending a summer workout in Yugoslavia that included players not eligible for the draft, a violation of league rules.

    Dallas built a 63-45 halftime edge with 57 percent first-half shooting, but the Mavericks were listless in stretches during the second half.

    Golden State tied it at 89 on Arenas' 3-pointer with 5:08 to play, capping a 17-8 run.

    In the final quarter, Richardson had 10 points and made all three 3-point attempts. The Warriors went 6-for-11 from 3-point range in the fourth quarter.

    ''Guys were knocking down some shots and we were doing a good job playing off the screens,'' Richardson said. ''It's a good learning experience, but we want to win.''

    Nash's two free throws with 4:43 left gave Dallas the lead for good at 91-89.

    Van Exel scored in the lane with 2:02 left, then added a 3-pointer from the right corner on Dallas' next possession with 1:33 remaining to extend the lead to 101-93.

    ''Nick came in off the bench and gave us some energy, which was something we needed,'' Finley said.

    The Warriors were unable to get closer than five points the rest of the way.

    The Mavericks used a 25-11 run over the final 9:01 of the first quarter for a 32-20 advantage.

    Golden State trimmed the 18-point halftime deficit to 72-65 with a 12-2 spurt finished by Richardson's 3-pointer with 3:54 left in the third quarter. Dallas took an 81-72 lead into the fourth.

    ''There's no question that is a solid playoff team,'' Warriors coach Eric Musselman said. ''Their experience down the stretch helped them tremendously.''

    Game notes

    The Mavericks will be without C-F Raef LaFrentz for three-to-six weeks due to a right ankle sprain. Evan Eschmeyer started at center in LaFrentz's absence and played 17 minutes. Eschmeyer started only six games for the Mavericks last season. ... Warriors F Danny Fortson was in uniform but did not play after missing the first three games to be with his family after the death of his father. ... Former NBA coach Mike Dunleavy, father of Golden State rookie Mike Dunleavy, watched his son from a baseline seat. The elder Dunleavy is out of coaching and lives in Fort Worth.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 100 107
    FGM-FGA 32-89 (.360) 41-88 (.466)
    3PM-3PA 13-30 (.433) 7-19 (.368)
    FTM-FTA 23-29 (.793) 18-25 (.720)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 17-50 12-47
    Assists 16 16
    Turnovers 14 15
    Steals 11 8
    Blocks 6 6
    Fast Break Points 7 7
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 25 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Jason Richardson Richardson
    Points: 39
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Steve Nash Nash
    Points: 30
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0