Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 10/29

Game 1: Wednesday, October 29th
Game 2: Wednesday, January 7th
Game 3: Tuesday, February 3rd
Game 4: Sunday, April 11th

Warriors 93

(20-27, 5-20 away)

Mavericks 107

(30-18, 21-4 home)

    Coverage: FSSW

    7:30 PM ET, February 3, 2004

    American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    GS 24 22 20 2793
    DAL 17 32 29 29107

    Top Performers

    GS: E. Dampier 13 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Blk

    Dal: M. Finley 23 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl

    Mavs win 20th straight over Golden State

    DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas Mavericks didn't waste another big lead.

    Michael Finley scored 23 points, reserve Antawn Jamison added 20 points and 12 rebounds and the Mavericks extended their winning streak against the Golden State Warriors to 20 games with a 107-93 victory on Tuesday night.

    On Saturday, the Mavericks blew a 20-point third-quarter lead at home, falling to the Denver Nuggets, 107-102.

    "That came up in the huddle," Finley said. "We've been there before and we had to do what we didn't do against Denver, get defensive stops and get quality shots, which we did."

    Four times this season the Mavericks have been beaten after leading by 10 points or more, and there have been several other games in which they were forced to hold on for tight victories after squandering large leads.

    Steve Nash had 17 points and eight assists for the Mavericks, who ended a two-game skid and have won 10 of 12.

    Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki, named as a reserve to the Western Conference All-Star team earlier, finished with nine points, 12 under his season average. Antoine Walker and Josh Howard added 15 points each for the Mavericks.

    Speedy Claxton and Jason Richardson had 20 points apiece to pace the Warriors, who last beat the Mavericks on April 10, 1999.

    "They're a good team with a lot of shooters and weapons," Golden State coach Eric Musselman said. "They come at you in waves."

    Erick Dampier had 13 points and 12 rebounds and former Maverick Nick Van Exel added 11 points for Golden State, which fell to 5-20 on the road.

    "We can't seem to put anything together," Van Exel said. "We've got to find a way to buckle down in the fourth quarter. We played well at home but playoff teams get wins on the road."

    Richardson had 15 points in the game's first 18 minutes but did not score again until hitting a 3-pointer midway through the fourth quarter.

    Dallas carried a 78-66 edge into the final period, with Finley scoring six of the Mavericks' last eight points of the third period.

    The Warriors got as close as 89-83 with 7:11 left on Richardson's 3-pointer.

    But the Mavericks responded with a 12-2 run capped by six straight points from Nash to take a 101-85 lead with 2:59 to play. That key stretch featured some tough defense by Dallas as Golden State missed five of its next six field goal attempts and two free throws.

    "It wasn't a great win but we needed it," Nowitzki said. "Saturday we wasted an opportunity. ... We have to get stops down the stretch and we did that."

    Golden State finished the first quarter with a 9-2 run to take a 24-17 lead. Dallas rallied in the second quarter behind Jamison's 10 points to take a 49-46 halftime advantage.

    Jamison, traded to the Mavericks last August, averaged 22.2 points per game for the Warriors last season.

    Game notes

    Dallas had a 48-31 rebounding edge, 17-6 on the offensive boards. ... C Scott Williams made his Mavericks debut in the second quarter. He was claimed on waivers from Phoenix on Jan. 30. Williams had four points and a rebound in three first-half minutes and finished with six points and three rebounds in 11 minutes. ... Walker missed all three free throws he attempted in the first half. One was an airball and another barely touched the front of the rim. ... Dallas is 10-1 when outrebounding its opponent by 10 or more. ... The Warriors shot 50 percent from the field, but converted only 2-of-11 from 3-point range.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 93 107
    FGM-FGA 37-74 (.500) 43-88 (.489)
    3PM-3PA 2-11 (.182) 5-19 (.263)
    FTM-FTA 17-28 (.607) 16-21 (.762)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 6-31 17-48
    Assists 16 23
    Turnovers 11 10
    Steals 5 7
    Blocks 2 5
    Fast Break Points 2 10
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 18 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Erick Dampier Dampier
    Points: 13
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    Michael Finley Finley
    Points: 23
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0