OAKLAND, Calif. — Concluding a stretch of four games in five nights Friday at Oracle Arena against the NBA-best Golden State Warriors, the Dallas Mavericks tried to build on their impressive come-from-behind win 24 hours prior in Los Angeles.
Looking to build on Thursday’s 101-89 victory over the L.A. Lakers after trailing by as many as 11, the Mavericks tried to conclude a difficult back-to-back with their second straight road win. The Mavs also attempted to get the better of the Warriors on their home floor, hoping to avenge a 116-95 road defeat at the hands of Golden State back on Nov. 9. And while welcoming 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki back into the lineup, the Mavericks tried to bring 2016 to a victorious close.
Playing without starting center Andrew Bogut due to a scheduled rest, the Mavericks slid Nowitzki into the first unit at the five spot after he missed one game due to an illness. Meanwhile, Mavs leading scorer Harrison Barnes was greeted with a loud ovation in his second game back in front of the Oakland crowd after spending his first four seasons in the league with the Warriors.
Barnes would then differ to point guard Deron Williams, who gave the Mavericks an early advantage with the team’s first seven points in the midst of a 7-2 start to the game. The Warriors quickly clawed their way back behind two-time reigning MVP Stephen Curry, however, to eventually take a slight edge. Meanwhile, Barnes lent Williams some assistance on the offensive end to keep the Mavericks even on the scoreboard. And despite Stephen Curry’s 10 points in the opening quarter, the Mavericks and Warriors slid into the second stanza even at 29-all.
Scoring the first four points of the second period, Williams went back on the attack while putting the Mavs in front. Nowitzki also stepped up during the early minutes of the second quarter with frequent trips to the foul line. But despite Nowitzki’s best efforts, the Warriors began to create some cushion as former MVP Kevin Durant took charge for the home team.
The Warriors got a boost from their bench as well, surging to a 44-38 edge after a jumper by reserve guard Shaun Livingston. Veteran big man David West took matters from there as the Warriors grabbed a double-digit lead. Frustration then began to boil over for the Mavericks, leading to a technical foul on swingman Wesley Matthews with 3:43 left in the half for arguing with the officials. And despite Barnes’ strong close to the second period, the Mavs trailed by as many as 16 before entering the halftime intermission in a 59-48 hole.
Led by Barnes’ 14 first-half points on 6-of-10 shooting, the Mavericks did their best to stay in the game through two quarters while being outshot, 54.3 percent to 41.5 percent. The Warriors also held a 22-18 rebounding edge and 15-0 advantage in fast-break points while outscoring the Mavs 24-12 in the paint.
Attempting to single-handily get the Mavericks back into the game during the third period, an aggressive Barnes came out of the visitors locker room for the second half. But after Durant’s lob pass to a streaking Draymond Green, the Warriors opened up a 71-54 lead to force a timeout by Mavs coach Rick Carlisle with 7:48 remaining in the quarter.
The Warriors later upped their lead to 25 from there after sharpshooter Klay Thompson’s fourth three-pointer of the night. Meanwhile, Nowitzki met his minute restriction during the quarter, ending his night after clocking 23 minutes. Golden State then took a 91-69 advantage into the fourth.
Note: The Mavericks will now return to American Airlines Center on Tuesday night, hosting the Washington Wizards. 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.
Andrew Bogut (rest) — out
J.J. Barea (left leg muscle strain) — out
SAN FRANCISCO — Playing their final game of 2016 against the best team record-wise in the NBA, the Dallas Mavericks will step into Oracle Arena with plenty of confidence as they conclude a stretch of four games in five nights on Friday.
Looking to build on a 101-89 win in Los Angeles over the Lakers on Thursday after dropping their previous two games, the Mavericks (10-23) will now see how they measure up against the NBA-best Golden State Warriors to close out the year. The Mavs will also attempt to avenge a 116-95 defeat on the road at the hands of the Warriors (28-5) back on Nov. 9, hoping for a different outcome Friday night. And after rallying from an 11-point deficit to seize a 12th straight win over the Lakers, the Mavericks will try to carry that momentum over 24 hours later.
“One thing that we’ve struggled with a little bit is playing with a lead and keeping it. As a team, we know what [the Lakers] are capable of and know that they’ve had some pretty good wins this season, and we just were grinding,” swingman Wesley Matthews said after scoring a team-high 20 points on 6-of-14 shooting during the win. “We did it together at the defensive end of the floor, and we did it together at the offensive end of the floor.”
After dominating the Lakers in the second half of Thursday’s win without 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki (illness), the Mavericks will now attempt to steal a victory on the Warriors’ home floor. But after facing a 33-point deficit during the first half earlier in the season against the Warriors, the Mavs know they’ll have to come out of the gates with a hit-first mentality.
Despite leading scorer Harrison Barnes’ 25 points on 8-of-20 shooting in that game, the Warriors’ 58.1 percent from the floor as a team bettered the Mavericks’ 39.5 percent. The Warriors also overcame their own 15 turnovers and a 42-39 rebounding disadvantage as former MVP Kevin Durant led the way with 28 points on 10-of-16 shooting and 10 rebounds. That said, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle knows his team will face a daunting task Friday on the second night of a back-to-back. And with the previous defeat against the Warriors serving as motivation, the Mavericks will try to capture a second straight coveted win on the road.
“In the first half, we were all disappointed. The second half was 100 percent better,” Carlisle said while recalling that November loss. “I think we got off to a 24-8 start, and we ended up winning the half by 10. A team like Golden State that has the stars and has a loud building, these guys have got to experience what that’s like at the beginning of a game. You can’t duplicate the experience that they got, but it was painful in the first half.”
Note: The Mavericks will now conclude their stretch of four games in five nights Friday against the Golden State Warriors. Golden State leads the season series 1-0 after a 116-95 home win on Nov. 9. The game will tip off at 9:30 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 American Airlines Center next Tuesday night, hosting the Washington Wizards. 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.
Dirk Nowitzki (illness) — questionable
Andrew Bogut (rest) — out
J.J. Barea (left leg muscle strain) — out