The Dallas Mavericks hit the ground running and recorded a convincing 116-91 victory over the Golden State Warriors. Dallas took advantage of the fact that Golden State came in on the second night of a back-to-back and the fourth game in five nights. The Mavericks used an 11-0 run from the 5:32 mark of the first quarter through the 3:49 mark of the period to take a 20-10 lead. The Mavericks then led for the remainder of the contest. Darren Collison didn’t miss a shot in the first quarter. He went 4-for-4 from the field, 2-for-2 from beyond the arc and 3-for-3 from the line in the opening quarter. Collison led all players with 13 points in the first quarter. Collison finished with 18 points to go along with four rebounds and eight assists in 33 minutes.
Elton Brand posted his sixth double-double of the season (402nd career) with 11 points, a game-high-tying 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 29 minutes off the bench against Golden State. It was his 10th double-digit rebounding effort of the season. Dallas improved to 7-3 when he pulls down 10-plus boards in a game.
The man of the night was Shawn Marion. The Matrix recorded his 12th double-double of the season (fourth in his last five games) with a season-high 26 points to go along with a game-high-tying 11 rebounds and two steals in 30 minutes against the Warriors. His previous high scoring game was 23 points, which he recorded at Oklahoma City on Feb. 4. Marion scored 20-plus points for the second time in his last three games (fourth time this season). It was his second 20-point, 10-rebound game of the year (195th career). He had 20 points and 10 boards at Orlando on Jan. 20. Prior to the game at Orlando, Marion hadn’t recorded a 20-point, 10-rebound game since Apr. 6, 2011 vs. Denver (21 points and 10 rebounds). Marion is averaging 18.8 points and 10.0 rebounds over his last five games.
Some notes before the quotes:
- With the first of two free throws at the 11:06 mark of the fourth quarter, Dirk Nowitzki passed Wilt Chamberlain (6,057) for 15th place on the NBA’s all-time free throws made list. It was the 6,058th free throw of Nowitzki’s career. He has shot 6,059-of-6,910 (.877) from the stripe for his career.
- Dallas topped 30 points in every quarter except for the second period (23 points).
- Dallas held Golden State to 36 points in the opening half (Dallas led 62-36 at the half), which marked a Mavericks’ opponent low for points in the first half this season (previous low: 39 in first half vs. Memphis Jan. 12).
- Dallas outscored Golden State 17-0 on the fast break in the first half and 29-8 in transition for the game.
Here is the quoteboard for the Dallas victory over Golden State.
The energy the team brought to the table: “I thought our energy was good, particularly the first half. We also had a lull there in the second half. I thought played about 40 good minutes and the goal is to make it 48. We will be striving to do that on Monday. They’re a tired team. They’ve been on the road and this is the fourth in five nights. We knew that and wanted to keep pressure on them but we wanted to keep high percentage pressure on them. We wanted to make them feel us without fouling. They have some dangerous guys out there. We did a really good job on them the first half. In the second half we had a period where they got back to 14 or so and then we were able to pull away. It was a much needed win and now we have to focus on the next one.”
On Shawn Marion’s run: “He has been playing great all year, so it isn’t really anything new. The huge stats haven’t been there all year, but he has given us big games in timely situations and tonight was one of those. But we need all of these guys. Balance is a big part of what we are doing. We had five guys in double figures. …We were able to get the win which is the important thing.”
On the play of Brand: “Elton was great defensively in the first half and was a real presence around the basket and was doing really good things offensively. This was one of those nights where we needed a physical presence out there with a guy like Landry and Biedrins and he was a guy that stepped up for us.”
On Collison’s game: “Darren was really aggressive. He was making the right plays. …He created a tempo we really needed to have.”
The mindset: “It is one day at a time around here, but the next four days are big for us.”
On Dirk’s rough shooting night: “I’m not concerned. I see a lot of good things with his conditioning and his health. I hope he keeps getting the same shots because they’re going to go in.”
On the good start in the first quarter: “Yes, we really got of to a good start. We knew Golden State was coming off of a back to back, we knew we needed to jump out on them, and that’s what we did.”
On his good start: “It was one of my good quarters, thanks to my teammates.”
Keeping belief about the playoffs: “Everybody has been counting us out. We’re the only ones that believe that we feel that we can still make the playoffs.”
On the team chemistry and the beards: “Yeah, that’s our chemistry with this team. Guys really care where we are at in the standings and we are not happy with where we are at. We just need to keep pushing and moving forward so we can shave those beards off. I know I don’t have a beard, because I can’t grow a beard or a mustache, but it’s all good.”
On his game: “I was just being aggressive and letting the game come to me. …I was being aggressive, but the ball was coming to me.”
On Rick Carlisle’s pregame comment about the team trying to work together with synergy and build momentum: “Synergy. That’s an interesting word. That’s pretty cool. I think we’ve just got to take it one game at a time. When we when get there you’ll know. Right now we’re still behind the guns and we’re ready to take off. Hopefully we can get over that hump. Until we get over that hump, we’ve got a mountain to climb.”
On the trade deadline: “It’ll take care of itself. Right now, I’m a Dallas Maverick and that’s what it’s about.”
On being able to withstand a significant run by the Warriors and keep their big lead: “We kept fighting and kept plugging. It was good enough to keep the lead.”
On how his body feels: “I feel okay. I feel like I’m moving a lot better than I was a month ago. That’s a positive.”
On Marion’s knack of scoring around the basket: “Those floaters are as good as I’ve seen. I think he shoots those better than anybody in this league. Those deep runners, if you wanna call them. I don’t even know what I call them. They’re high in the air and I feel like every one of them is soft and have a chance to go in.”
Bryan Gutierrez writes about sportsmen. He is a contributing writer for Mavs.com. Bryan also attended Ball So Hard University. You can follow him on Twitter @BallinWithBryan.