DALLAS (AP) -- The Golden State Warriors figured out how to win
in Dallas. Now the Mavericks need to do the same.
Clifford Robinson scored a season-high 25 points, Jason
Richardson had a key dunk in the final minute, and the Warriors
snapped a 12-game losing streak in Dallas with a 111-107 victory
over the Mavericks on Tuesday night.
"These guys feel really good to be able to beat a quality team
on the road like this," said Warriors coach Mike Montgomery. "I
think we're really improving."
Dallas lost its third straight at home and sixth overall on its
home court this season, one more than all of 2003-2004. The
Mavericks hadn't dropped three in a row at home since a four-game
skid from Dec. 30, 2000, to Jan. 15, 2001.
Dallas, a franchise-record 36-5 at home last season, fell to 7-6
at American Airlines Center this season. The Mavericks are 8-3 on
"You can't let games like this become habit," Michael Finley
said. "Teams like this we should dominate. But we gave them
confidence and gave them a chance to win."
Mickael Pietrus added a career-high 20 points and Speedy Claxton
18 points and 10 assists to help the Warriors win in Dallas for the
first time since April 10, 1999. Troy Murphy also had 20 points for
Jerry Stackhouse scored 23 of his 27 points in the second half,
and Finley added 24 for the Mavericks.
Dirk Nowitzki, 1-for-7 from the field with six points at
halftime, finished with 13 points on 3-of-13 shooting, more than 14
under his average. Nowitzki started the night with a league-high
It was the second straight night the Mavericks have struggled
against a last-place team. They needed Finley's jumper with 3.2
seconds left on Monday night to beat 4-15 Chicago.
"I guess you don't get lucky twice in a row," said Dallas
coach Don Nelson. "We deserved to lose this game. We're fortunate
we didn't lose the last two. We competed and tried but we didn't
have much fuel tonight. This is our third game in four days."
Golden State has won only three of its last 26 against the Mavs,
and Adonal Foyle is only current Warrior to enjoy a victory in
The Mavericks, who trailed by as many as 17 points in the third
quarter, pulled within 105-103 on Darrell Armstrong's drive with
On the ensuing possession, Robinson missed a jumper, but
Richardson soared over 7-foot-6 center Shawn Bradley to grab the
rebound and threw down a dunk with 23.9 seconds left to give Golden
State a 107-103 edge. Richardson finished with 14 points, eight
assists and seven rebounds.
"(Richardson) came flying in and just sat on (Bradley's)
head," said Murphy. "It was a huge play for us. Jason is the best
dunker in the league. He came in and really made a big play for
Bradley pulled his team within 107-105 with 16.8 seconds left,
but Murphy and Robinson each converted two free throws in the final
11.2 seconds to assure the Warriors' fourth victory in their last
Golden State got off to a 19-6 start and built a 33-22 advantage
after one quarter behind Robinson's 13 points. The Warriors were in
front 57-49 at halftime.
Robinson is on a roll, having set his previous season high
with 21 against Charlotte on Sunday. ... The Mavericks had won
seven of their previous 10 games. ... Nowitzki failed to reach 20
points for the third time this season. ... Claxton's 10 assists
matched the entire Dallas team. The Warriors had 24 assists.
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