Game 29: Mavs at Warriors

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Classic Dirk

Dirk Nowitzki shows his classic fade-away jumper as he gets the basket to go, plus the foul.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Hoping to build on their 95-89 win Tuesday at home over San Antonio, the Dallas Mavericks faced a much stiffer challenge just two nights later on the road.

Squaring off against the defending champion Golden State Warriors, the Mavericks tried to collectively come together against the reigning titleholders in order to avenge a 133-103 home loss on Oct. 23. The Mavs also attempted to take advantage of a depleted Golden State squad, hoping to get the better of the champs without two-time MVP Stephen Curry (sprained right ankle), reigning Defensive Player of the Year Draymond Green (right shoulder soreness), center Zaza Pachulia (left shoulder soreness) and reserve sharpshooter Nick Young (concussion). However, despite pushing the Warriors for the better part of two quarters, the Mavericks (8-21) would run out of steam in the final 24 minutes while suffering a 112-97 defeat on the road.

“Our first half was pretty solid. But as the game wore on, they played better and they adjusted,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle confessed after the loss.

Playing a fourth straight game without rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr. (left hip strain), the Mavericks continued to stick with second-year standout Yogi Ferrell in the first unit. The Mavs would then come out of the gate fast after a pair of three-pointers from Ferrell and leading scorer Harrison Barnes powered an 8-2 start.

The Mavericks stayed on the attack after veteran swingman Wesley Matthews’ score in traffic put the visiting team up 14-8, forcing a Golden State timeout with 7:21 left in the opening period. The Warriors (23-6) rallied to take the lead later in the quarter behind a personal 5-0 run from Finals MVP Kevin Durant before Mavs reserve guard J.J. Barea tied the game at 21-all with a timely three-pointer of his own. Barea again intervened with a three and running running floater to put the Mavericks up four. And despite Durant’s 12-point first quarter, the Mavs took a 28-24 edge into the second stanza.

Starting the second period with Nowitzki’s pass to a cutting Devin Harris, the Mavericks tried to create more of a separation on the scoreboard. Harris again benefitted from a cut to the basket a short time later, converting Barea’s bounce pass into a score to put the Mavs up 35-27 with 8:38 remaining in the first half.

Nowitzki took matters from there with a corner three to put the Mavericks up eight, 40-32. Golden State again responded behind an aggressive Durant, forcing a timeout by Carlisle with the lead down to two at 43-41 and 3:02 left in the half. Durant’s and-one jumper over German big man Maxi Kleber then put the Warriors up 44-43 with 1:48 remaining in the half. The Mavs countered with a three at the other end from Harris. And while overcoming Durant’s 17-point first half, the Mavericks battled the Warriors to a 48-all tie through two quarters.

Led by 20 combined points from Nowitzki and Barea on 8-of-12 total shooting, the Mavs stayed even on the scoreboard while being outshot in the first half, 55.3 percent to 47.6 percent. The Warriors also held a 22-15 rebounding advantage, but couldn’t overcome the 13 points they surrendered off 10 turnovers.

“We were scoring a little bit more in the first half, which put us in a better position to get back. And we were doing a good job in transition of taking away their looks,” Carlisle explained. “Second half, they got more stops, got out and ran, and frankly, Durant just jumped over us a few times. It’s just very difficult to stop that if a guy is that good.”

Opening the second half with a three-pointer, Nowitzki tried to put the Dallas team on his back to start the third quarter. Barnes lent some assistance while moving into double figures. But after Durant’s three at the other end of the floor, the Mavs called for a timeout in a 64-61 hole with 6:46 remaining in the period.

Barnes then did his best to help the Mavericks keep pace with the Warriors in the quarter, attempting to match Durant score for score. But after Durant’s three over Barnes from the wing, the Warriors threatened to pull away in front of their home crowd. Durant’s 15 points in the third quarter then lifted the Warriors into the final period with an 80-73 advantage.

“They just moved the ball,” Barnes said of the third-quarter struggles. “They’re a talented team, and we knew that. A few miscommunications let them get a run going, and then we just couldn’t really stop them.”

Falling into a double-digit hole as the fourth quarter got underway, the Mavericks tried to stage a rally after Barea’s alley-oop connection with backup big man Dwight Powell. Barea then tried to ignite his team with consecutive driving scores. But after back-to-back three-pointers from Warriors sharpshooter Klay Thompson, Carlisle signaled for a timeout with his team down 92-79 and 8:20 left on the game clock.

Thompson stayed hot from three with another pair of triples to put the Warriors up 15 a short time later, answering Nowitzki’s best efforts at the other end. A thunderous slam by Warriors big man David West then put Golden State up 17, 100-83, forcing Carlisle into another timeout with 5:55 left to play. Still, the Mavs refused to go away quietly after Barea connected again with Powell for an emphatic finish.

A three from Matthews followed as the Mavericks continued to fight down the stretch. But after a pair of free throws by Warriors reserve Patrick McCaw put Golden State up 20 with 3:39 left to play, Carlisle began to concede defeat. The Mavs then emptied their bench before finishing out the loss with the Dallas reserves.

Scoring 18 points on 6-of-13 shooting, Nowitzki grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Mavs in a losing effort. Barnes added 16 points and seven rebounds, and Barea pitched in 14 points with six assists off the bench. Harris finished with 13 points and six assists in a reserve role, and Ferrell scored 13 points in the starting lineup.

Durant led three Warriors in double figures with 36 points on 15-of-23 shooting, grabbing 11 rebounds and dishing seven assists to boot. The Warriors also outshot the Mavericks for the game, 60.3 percent to 45.1 percent, adding a 41-31 rebounding advantage to overcome the 18 Dallas points scored off 16 Golden State turnovers.

“I thought we did a few good things in the second half, but the runs killed us and the shotmaking by Durant and Thompson was decisive for them. … They got on a roll, and we had trouble stopping them at key times,” Carlisle concluded.

“You know, they’re a really good team,” Nowitzki added. “You know, there was a phase there in the fourth where they got hot. Klay got hot and made three or four threes there in a row, and that really separated them. They’ve got length, they’ve got shotmaking, they made us pay there, and they really hurt us on the glass. They have a bunch of guys that are long at their position, and they out-rebounded us pretty good. That was tough.”

Note: The Mavericks will now conclude their two-game road trip and the season series with the Spurs in San Antonio on Saturday night. San Antonio leads the season series 2-1. The game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270.

The Mavs return to their home floor next Monday night at American Airlines Center against the Phoenix Suns. That game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

Injury updates:

Dennis Smith Jr. (left hip strain) — out
Dorian Finney-Smith (left knee quadriceps tendinitis) — out
Seth Curry (stress reaction, left tibia) — out
Josh McRoberts (lower extremity injury) — out
Nerlens Noel (left thumb surgery) — out

Mavericks

All Stats

PLAYER MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
H. Barnes, SF 32 6-18 1-4 3-4 5 2 7 2 1 0 2 1 -19 16
M. Kleber, PF 28 1-2 0-1 2-2 1 2 3 2 0 0 0 3 -17 4
D. Nowitzki, C 26 6-13 2-3 4-5 0 9 9 2 0 0 0 2 2 18
W. Matthews, SG 29 3-12 1-7 0-0 0 2 2 3 0 0 2 1 -13 7
Y. Ferrell, PG 24 5-11 3-7 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 -6 13
A. Cleveland 20 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 -6 0
J. Barea 25 6-9 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 6 0 0 2 2 -12 14
D. Harris 24 5-8 1-2 2-2 0 0 0 6 4 0 4 3 -10 13
D. Powell 22 3-4 0-0 0-0 2 2 4 3 0 0 0 2 -3 6
J. Withey 3 1-2 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 2
J. Motley 1 1-1 0-0 2-4 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 4 4
S. Mejri 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
S. Curry 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Finney-Smith 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. McRoberts 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
N. Noel 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Smith Jr. 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM   37-82 10-29 13-17 8 23 31 25 7 1 11 16   97
    45.1% 34.5%                      

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Warriors

All Stats

PLAYER MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
K. Durant, SF 34 15-23 4-8 2-2 0 11 11 7 0 2 5 2 14 36
O. Casspi, PF 30 7-9 1-2 2-4 2 9 11 2 0 2 0 2 4 17
J. Bell, C 24 4-5 0-0 0-0 1 5 6 8 2 0 2 2 8 8
K. Thompson, SG 36 10-18 5-5 0-0 0 5 5 0 0 0 4 1 20 25
S. Livingston, PG 20 4-6 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 2 3 9 8
P. McCaw 29 0-2 0-1 2-2 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 2 7 2
A. Iguodala 29 1-5 0-3 0-0 0 3 3 10 0 0 0 1 16 2
Q. Cook 8 1-2 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 4 -4 3
K. Looney 7 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 2 -6 0
D. West 14 4-5 0-0 1-1 0 3 3 3 3 0 1 1 12 9
J. McGee 3 1-2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 -5 2
Z. Pachulia 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
N. Young 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
C. Boucher 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
S. Curry 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Green 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Jones 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM   47-78 11-22 7-9 4 37 41 35 7 4 16 22   112
    60.3% 50.0%                      

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Barnes Nails The Triple

Harrison Barnes nails the corner triple.


Barea Delivers A Dime To Harris

J.J. Barea drops a dime to Devin Harris for the layup.

SAN FRANCISCO — Despite catching the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors wounded and shorthanded Thursday night, the Dallas Mavericks know they will still have to elevate their play in order to walk away with a signature road win in front of a nationally-televised audience.

Looking to build on Tuesday’s 95-89 home win over San Antonio, the Mavericks (8-20) will now try to rise to the occasion against the reigning titleholders. The Mavs will also attempt to avenge a 133-103 defeat at home to the Warriors (22-6) back on Oct. 23, hoping to take advantage of two-time MVP Stephen Curry’s absence due to a sprained right ankle. Still, despite seeing the Warriors also rule out Defensive Player of the Year Draymond Green (right shoulder soreness), center Zaza Pachulia (left shoulder soreness) and reserve sharpshooter Nick Young (concussion) for Thursday’s showdown, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle knows his team will face a daunting task.

“It doesn’t change things that much, because they’re still going to play a very aggressive style,” Carlisle said of the likely shorthanded Warriors following the Mavericks’ Thursday morning shootaround. “You know, they’re still going to have (Klay) Thompson and (Kevin) Durant running around out there, and it comes down to execution. Transition defense is the biggest thing. We’ve got to take away threes, we’ve got to rebound and we’ve got to take care of the ball.

“The reality is it always seems to matter a little bit more when it’s national TV whoever is playing, but it’s an opportunity for us to play the world champs and to come out and fight our (tails) off. And that’s what we’re going to do.”

Surrendering 29 points and eight assists to Curry in the first meeting between the teams, the Mavericks were outshot by the Warriors, 55.8 percent to 39.6 percent. The Warriors also ended that game with a 50-42 rebounding advantage to overshadow their 16 turnovers. Carlisle now hopes the Mavericks can better defend the three-point arc after allowing the Warriors to go 15 of 39 from long range in the first meeting. But with the Warriors riding a seven-game winning streak, Carlisle admits that the Mavs will certainly have to compete at a high level in order to steal a win on the road.

“We had one good quarter against them (in October), and the rest of the game was not good. But that was a long time ago, and our team has changed a lot,” Carlisle confessed. “We’re doing things a little better, so we’re going to work it from whistle to whistle and make it as tough as possible on them.”

Note: The Mavericks will now hit the road for a two-game trip that begins Thursday against the defending champion Golden State Warriors. The Warriors lead the season series 1-0 after a 133-103 win in Dallas on Oct. 23. The game will air nationally on TNT at 9:30 p.m. CT.

The Mavs return to their home floor next Monday night at American Airlines Center against the Phoenix Suns. That game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

Injury updates:

Dennis Smith Jr. (left hip strain) — out
Dorian Finney-Smith (left knee quadriceps tendinitis) — out
Seth Curry (stress reaction, left tibia) — out
Josh McRoberts (lower extremity injury) — out
Nerlens Noel (left thumb surgery) — out

SAN FRANCISCO — Scratching and clawing their way to a 95-89 victory at home Tuesday over San Antonio, the Dallas Mavericks know hope they have enough momentum on their side as they face off with the defending NBA champions two nights later in front of a nationally-televised audience.

Looking to carry the momentum of Tuesday’s win over, the Mavericks (8-20) will now venture out on the road for two games against the Western Conference’s upper-echelon teams, facing the defending champion Golden State Warriors on Thursday before concluding the season series with the Southwest Division rival Spurs in San Antonio Saturday night. The Mavs will also seek retribution for a 133-103 home loss at the hands of the Warriors (22-6) back on Oct. 23, attempting to return the favor in front of Golden State’s raucous crowd. And after outlasting the Spurs for a hard-fought win, the Mavericks will look to once again play a complete 48 minutes as they journey away from home.

“We just finished the game,” veteran swingman Wesley Matthews said after Tuesday’s win. “This has been our brand of basketball as of late. You know, if we continue to play this way, like we have been, more often than not we’ll pull these games off. We’re a lot better than the record shows. We didn’t play the way we were supposed to during the early part of the season, so we’ve got a lot of uphill battling to do. But we’re equip to do it.”

Led by two-time MVP Stephen Curry’s 29 points on 7-of-15 shooting to go along with eight assists, the Warriors outshot the Mavericks in the first meeting between the two teams, 55.8 percent to 39.6 percent. The Warriors added a 50-42 rebounding advantage, overcoming their 16 turnovers with 15-of-39 shooting from three-point range.

However, with Curry sidelined due to a sprained right ankle, the Warriors will be minus their floor general Thursday night. Meanwhile, reigning Defensive Player of the Year Draymond Green (right shoulder soreness), center Zaza Pachulia (left shoulder soreness) and reserve sharpshooter Nick Young (concussion) are all listed as doubtful. And despite continuing to play without rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr. (left hip strain), the Mavericks could have a golden opportunity fall in their lap.

“We’ve been playing better, but we hadn’t been able to finish, and I think (Tuesday) was a great opportunity for us just to kind of get over that hump,” Mavs leading scorer Harrison Barnes explained. “It’s a similar type of game going into Golden State, who obviously is a great team. So, we’ll have to do the same thing.”

Note: The Mavericks will now hit the road for a two-game trip that begins Thursday against the defending champion Golden State Warriors. The Warriors lead the season series 1-0 after a 133-103 win in Dallas on Oct. 23. The game will air nationally on TNT at 9:30 p.m. CT.

The Mavs return to their home floor next Monday night at American Airlines Center against the Phoenix Suns. That game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

Injury updates:

Dennis Smith Jr. (left hip strain) — out
Dorian Finney-Smith (left knee quadriceps tendinitis) — out
Seth Curry (stress reaction, left tibia) — out
Josh McRoberts (lower extremity injury) — out
Nerlens Noel (left thumb surgery) — out