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Warriors vs. Mavs

Mavs fall to the Warriors Tuesday night but look to bounce back against the Jazz to complete their back-to-back.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Responding to a season-worst three-game slide with back-to-back wins over Portland and Eastern Conference-leading Indiana, the Dallas Mavericks looked to continue their upward trend Tuesday night.

Beginning a stretch of three straight road games, the Mavericks entered ORACLE Arena primed and ready for their third matchup of the season against the Golden State Warriors. The Mavs then tried to move one game back of the Warriors for the sixth spot in the West standings, after both teams captured tightly-contested wins earlier in the season on their home floors.

But before night’s end the Mavs would lose one of their top contributors. And despite another career milestone for 12-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki, the Mavericks (38-27) slipped to eighth in the playoff race following a 108-85 defeat.

“I mean, it’s going to be tough, especially with the schedule we’ve got remaining,” Nowitzki said as the Mavs’ playoff hopes took a hit. “We’ve got to fight every day and then go from there.”

Led by point guard Jose Calderon’s instant offense, the Dallas Mavericks looked to get off to a fast start. Meanwhile, Nowitzki attempted to shake off his 3-of-14 shooting night in the Mavs’ 105-94 victory Sunday over Indiana, entering the night needing 13 points to pass John Havlicek (26,395) for 12th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

But, after quickly building an eight-point lead, the Mavs would see the Warriors (41-24) rally in front of their home crowd to take a 29-22 advantage into the second quarter.

“I went to the bench and then they started to pick it up out of the timeout,” Nowitzki explained. “And then we were on our heels the rest of the night.”

With Jordan Crawford providing a spark off the Warriors’ bench, the Mavericks quickly fell into a double-digit hole. The Mavs then took a blow when reserve guard Devin Harris headed to the locker room early due to a sore right Achilles, just one game after posting a season-high 20 points off the bench.

“It started tightening up and I still tried to give it a go,” Harris said after originally sustaining the injury last Wednesday in Denver. “Just wasn’t feeling right, so I didn’t want to risk it.”

And with the cat-quick guard ruled out the rest of the way, the Warriors led by as many as 18 before taking a 55-44 edge into the intermission following Mavs sixth man Vince Carter’s steal and 3-pointer to close the half.

Unable to contain Warriors big man Andrew Bogut as he scored 15 first-half points on 7-of-8 shooting, the Mavs would find themselves fighting to hang on behind 2-guard Monta Ellis’ 12 points at the other end of the floor. The Warriors also outshot the Mavs through two quarters, 52.3 percent to 34.9 percent, in addition to a 26-23 rebounding edge.

With Harris out and Calderon struggling to control the ball in the third quarter, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle turned to rookie first-rounder Shane Larkin to run the point. Nowitzki then began to assert himself, hoping to will his team back into the game. However, with Andre Iguodala’s end-to-end play powering the Warriors’ attack, the home team would open the game up before taking a 79-57 margin into the final quarter.

“You know, collectively we weren’t moving the ball to Dirk well enough,” Carlisle admitted. “And when I say that I mean players on the court and myself, and they just got too many opportunistic plays.”

Unable to gain any traction or muster up a valiant comeback attempt, the Mavs would continue to face an uphill climb in the fourth. Nowitzki then moved into a tie with Havlicek on a vintage jumper with 8:29 remaining, taking a seat for the night a short time later with the final verdict no longer in doubt as the two teams finished the game with their reserves.

Scoring 15 points on 6-of-13 shooting, Ellis led the Mavs in a losing effort. Calderon pitched in 13 points to go with five assists, but he also committed six turnovers. Meanwhile, Nowitzki ended the night with 12 points on 4-of-11 shooting and Carter pitched in 10 points off the bench.

Crawford led five Warriors in double figures with 19 points off the bench on 8-of-12 shooting. The Warriors also outshot the Mavs on the night, 51.2 percent to a near season-low 36.6 percent, while adding a 46-40 rebounding edge.

“We weren’t on the same page at some point on offense and I think that’s it,” Calderon confessed. “After they got their confidence, they were running a little bit on us and I think we didn’t play hard enough. There was a lot of mistakes tonight.”

“Offensively, it’s not like we really got it going all night. If you shoot mid-30s or whatever, it’s tough to win the game on the road,” Nowitzki concluded.

Note: The Mavericks will now head to Salt Lake City for Wednesday’s showdown against the Utah Jazz. Dallas leads the season series 2-0. The game will air locally on Fox Sports Southwest at 8 p.m. CT.

The Mavs return to action at American Airlines Center next Monday, hosting the Boston Celtics. Dallas leads the season series 1-0 after a 102-91 road win back on Feb. 9. The game will air locally on Fox Sports Southwest at 7:30 p.m. CT. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling (214) 747-MAVS (6287) or by visiting Mavs.com.

Dallas Mavericks
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Shawn Marion, F 26 0-6 0-1 0-0 2 1 3 2 0 0 1 2 -9 0
Dirk Nowitzki, F 30 4-11 0-1 4-4 0 6 6 1 1 0 0 1 -8 12
Samuel Dalembert, C 19 2-3 0-0 4-6 0 5 5 2 0 0 1 1 -4 8
Monta Ellis, G 34 6-13 1-3 2-4 0 3 3 2 2 1 2 1 -11 15
Jose Calderon, G 29 5-11 2-5 1-1 0 2 2 5 0 0 6 0 0 13
DeJuan Blair 15 3-10 0-0 2-4 4 4 8 1 1 0 2 2 -12 8
Vince Carter 22 3-10 2-5 2-2 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 2 -17 10
Devin Harris 6 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -15 1
Brandan Wright 15 3-5 0-0 3-4 2 4 6 1 0 1 1 1 -12 9
Wayne Ellington 15 2-5 0-2 1-1 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 2 -15 5
Shane Larkin 15 0-4 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 3 3 0 0 0 -6 0
Gal Mekel 4 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 -2 2
Bernard James 4 1-1 0-0 0-3 2 0 2 0 0 1 3 2 -4 2
Jae Crowder 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ricky Ledo 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF   PTS
    30-82 5-18 20-31 11 29 40 18 10 3 17 16   85
    36.6% 27.8% 64.5%                    
Golden State Warriors
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Andre Iguodala, F 25 2-4 0-2 0-2 2 1 3 5 0 2 1 0 8 4
David Lee, F 28 3-8 0-0 0-0 2 8 10 1 0 0 1 1 8 6
Andrew Bogut, C 30 7-9 0-0 1-2 2 8 10 1 0 1 1 5 13 15
Klay Thompson, G 23 6-10 2-2 0-0 0 3 3 1 1 0 5 4 11 14
Stephen Curry, G 22 4-12 1-5 1-1 0 2 2 4 3 0 3 1 -3 10
Steve Blake 25 3-7 3-5 0-0 0 3 3 8 0 0 3 3 23 9
Harrison Barnes 19 4-6 1-3 4-4 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 3 15 13
Jermaine O'Neal 15 1-5 0-0 4-4 2 5 7 0 0 0 1 1 13 6
Draymond Green 17 2-4 2-2 0-0 0 6 6 3 3 0 2 4 13 6
Jordan Crawford 22 8-12 3-6 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 2 10 19
Nemanja Nedovic 4 0-1 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 2
Marreese Speights 4 1-2 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 2 4
Festus Ezeli 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ognjen Kuzmic 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF   PTS
    41-80 12-25 14-17 8 38 46 26 7 6 19 24   108
    51.3% 48.0% 82.4%                    

Practice Report: Monta Ellis

Mavs G Monta Ellis on how coming to Dallas has brought the joy back to his game, how winning is more important to him than money, the importance of Wednesday night's game against his former team, Golden State, and more.

 

Practice Report: Rick Carlisle

Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle says the organization loves Monta Ellis and that he's been a "godsend" to the team. Carlisle also updates Jae Crowder's injury status, previews Wednesday night's game against the Warriors and more.

SAN FRANCISCO – After seeing the franchise’s streak of 12 consecutive postseason appearances end last season, the Dallas Mavericks are admittedly pleased to find themselves back in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race.

Sitting in the seventh spot of the West standings entering Tuesday’s matchup at Golden State, the Mavericks (38-26) will try to complete their hike back to the playoffs over the course of the final 18 games of the regular season. The Mavs will also attempt to surge up the standings with a chance to inch closer to the Warriors (40-24) with a win, looking to move within a game of the sixth position.

“It was a tough year for us last year,” a reflective Dirk Nowitzki said following his team’s Tuesday morning walkthrough. “We didn’t think I was going to miss 30 games. I still think we got rolling pretty good the last two months and we played some good basketball, but being in the playoff picture is a lot more fun. … That’s not the spot that we wanted to be in as a franchise, so it’s a lot more fun. But, in saying all that, we’re still not guaranteed a playoff spot. There’s a lot of tough teams in the West and every loss can be critical. We’re right there, but we’ve got a tough remaining schedule and we’ve got to be on point for the rest of the way.”

The Mavs have played two competitive games already this season against the Warriors, holding on late for a 103-99 home win back on Nov. 27 before falling to a 95-93 road defeat on Dec. 11 following Stephen Curry’s game-winning jumper in the final seconds. Now, with the stakes high for both teams, the Mavericks once again expect to find themselves in a dogfight as they begin a stretch of three straight road games.

“It’s two one-possession games and it’s that tight,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said of the two previous matchups against the Warriors. “And a lot of these games are going to be tight as well, and that’s good. That’s the way it should be.”

Note: The Mavericks will play their next three games on the road, touching down in Oakland, Calif., for Tuesday’s matchup against the Golden State Warriors. The season series is tied at 1-1. The game will air locally on Fox Sports Southwest at 9:30 p.m. CT.

The Mavs return to action at American Airlines Center next Monday, hosting the Boston Celtics. Dallas leads the season series 1-0 after a 102-91 road win back on Feb. 9. The game will air locally on Fox Sports Southwest at 7:30 p.m. CT. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling (214) 747-MAVS (6287) or by visiting Mavs.com.

 

SAN FRANCISCO — Although every game counts just the same at the end of the 82-game schedule, Tuesday’s matchup between the Dallas Mavericks and Golden State Warriors carries plenty of weight for both teams’ playoff aspirations.

Entering Tuesday night’s contests two games back of the Warriors (40-24) for the sixth spot in the Western Conference standings, the Mavericks (38-26) will certainly have a chance to slim the separation as the two squads square off for a third time this season. Meanwhile, after back-to-back home wins over Portland and East-leading Indiana, the Mavericks will carry plenty of momentum into their next three contests on the road, hoping to make up ground as the regular season draws to a close.

“We know basically every game counts till the end,” Mavs forward Shawn Marion said. “You know, this is going to be like a four-by-100 sprint, ’cause there’s about four or five teams all bunched up together and it might go all the way down to the last game of the year to see who’s going to get in and who’s not going to get in. At the same time, I think we understand that and we’ve got to go out here and win some games.”

“All of them are crunch time,” starting 2-guard Monta Ellis added. “It’s not just Golden State, it’s all of them. From this game all the way to the end of the game when we play whoever we play last, all of them are big and all of them could either make us or break us. So we’re just focused on one game at a time and hopefully we can get some wins.”

Getting a lift from their reserves Sunday, the Mavericks powered their way to a 105-94 victory over Indiana thanks to a 41-4 advantage in bench scoring. The play of the bench was even more important as 12-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki struggled through a rare off night, totaling just 14 points on 3-of-14 shooting.

Tuesday, the Mavs hope to again call on their bench in order to move ahead to 2-1 in the four-game series with the Warriors, after both teams seized narrow victories at home earlier in the season.

“We’ve got to be a strength-in-numbers outfit here,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle explained. “We need our bench to give us intensity, persistence and scoring. But it’s not all about those guys putting points on the board. You know, they’ve got to play hard and at full capacity within our defensive system and rebound. … We need contributions from everybody, and (Sunday) we got a depth of contribution from everybody.”

Note: The Mavericks will play their next three games on the road, touching down in Oakland, Calif., for Tuesday’s matchup against the Golden State Warriors. The season series is tied at 1-1. The game will air locally on Fox Sports Southwest at 9:30 p.m. CT.

The Mavs return to action at American Airlines Center next Monday, hosting the Boston Celtics. Dallas leads the season series 1-0 after a 102-91 road win back on Feb. 9. The game will air locally on Fox Sports Southwest at 7:30 p.m. CT. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling (214) 747-MAVS (6287) or by visiting Mavs.com.