Quoteboard: Dallas 116, Golden State 91

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on February 10, 2013 under Interviews | Be the First to Comment

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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.

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Setting the Table: Golden State Warriors (Game 50)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on February 9, 2013 under Previews | Be the First to Comment

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The Dallas Mavericks (21-28) might be looking in the mirror as they see a desperate team in the form of the Golden State Warriors (30-20). Desperation can come in many different forms. They will see a team that is desperate as Golden State is on a three-game losing streak. They will be completing a back-to-back, and the game against the Mavericks marks the fourth game in five nights for the Warriors.

The Mavericks have had a few days off so this will be the first time people have really seen them since the discussion of .500 bears has really been acknowledged. For those who haven’t heard, most of the Mavericks have said that they will not shave (maybe just the neck) until they get back to .500. The earliest that can happen is Feb. 26. The stretch to the 26th isn’t tumultuous. Starting against the game against Golden State, they just have to do what they need to do and handle their business.

Here are the notes for the game between the Mavericks and the Warriors.

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Setting the Table: Golden State Warriors (Game 46)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on January 31, 2013 under Previews | Be the First to Comment

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The Dallas Mavericks (19-26) continue their four-game road trip with a trip to Oakland to take on the Golden State Warriors (28-17). It will be interesting to see how the Mavericks respond after a heartbreaking loss in their last game against the Portland Trail Blazers. This will be a gut-check game for the Mavericks as they face a tough Warriors squad. It was clearly a devastating loss at the Rose Garden against the Trail Blazers but the Mavericks have to overcome that disappointment and move forward as they continue to push for the 8th seed.

The Mavericks will once again be without the services of Chris Kaman as he’s dealing with a concussion. It is expected that Bernard James will make his third consecutive start for the team.

Here are the notes for the game between the Mavericks and the Golden State Warriors.

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