Nowitzki, Terry Sink Warriors

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

DALLAS (AP) - Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry came back from a four-day break as sharp as ever and J.J. Barea led a late surge, helping the Dallas Mavericks cruise to a 128-106 victory over the weary, woeful Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night.

Nowitzki and Terry were a combined 15-of-18 in the first half, keeping Dallas well ahead once the game was just a few minutes old. Golden State managed to get within four points late in the third quarter, but then Barea got rolling.

The backup point guard went on an 8-0 run all by himself, making three straight layups then hitting a pair of free throws after getting whacked on his next drive into the lane. The little guy kept it up early in the fourth quarter, twisting from one defender, getting by another with an up-and-under move and then spinning the ball in off the backboard for yet another layup as Dallas quickly stretched it leads to 21 points.

Nowitzki and Terry each finished with 26 points and Barea had 20 as the Mavericks shot 58.5 percent and scored their most points of the season.

Dallas won its ninth straight at home, a streak that bears watching because the Mavs are home for seven of their final 11 games. They hold the eighth and final playoff spot in the West, but are only three games behind Houston for third.

Another scheduling quirk is that Dallas just finished an All-Star-break-like layoff. Coach Rick Carlisle apparently found the right mix of practice considering his team scored 37 points in the first quarter and was hitting 70 percent of its shots late in the second quarter.

Of course, it helped to be playing Golden State.

The Warriors lost their third straight and fourth in five games. They've dropped seven straight on the road and were without second-leading scorer Corey Maggette, who hurt his head in a collision with a San Antonio player during a last-minute loss the night before. He's expected to also miss the game Saturday night at Denver.

Anthony Morrow was 10-of-11 for 29 points, his most since November, and Monta Ellis scored 22. Stephen Jackson scored eight
points in the first quarter, but finished with 14.

Golden State grabbed only 10 rebounds in the first half, just 26 in the game.


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