February 10, 2013

In-sync Mavericks outpace tired Warriors in blowout

Dallas builds momentum with a blowout over a quality team.

DALLAS -- Now this was the type of beat the Dallas Mavericks were hoping to drum up all season long.

In harmony and showing a lot of rhythm for most of the night against a quality opponent, the Mavs displayed a lot of moxie Saturday night while blowing out the highly touted Golden State Warriors 116-91 at American Airlines Center.

The final outcome was indeed sweet music to the Mavs' ears, considering they know they can't miss too many more beats if they have designs on reaching the playoffs for the 13th straight season.

"I thought our energy was good in the first half. We had a lull there in the second half," coach Rick Carlisle said. "I thought we played about 40 good minutes, and the goal is to make it 48. It was a much-needed win, and we've just got to now focus on the next one."

The Mavs (22-28) are 2-0 on this five-game homestand, which continues Monday when Dallas faces Atlanta.

Dallas led 30-16 after the first period and then used a blistering 22-9 run to soar ahead to 54-27 following a fast break dunk from Shawn Marion with 5:05 left before halftime. From there, Golden State got within 13 early in the fourth quarter.

But the Mavs quickly bolted back ahead to 105-79 and eventually tuned out the Warriors while winning for the eighth time this season by 15 or more points.

"It's cool to beat the guys that are below .500," said guard Darren Collison, who contributed 18 points and eight assists. "But when you play a solid team like the Golden State Warriors, who have been playing well all season long, these are the games we've got to play. I thought we came out and played real hard from the get, and I thought it showed."

The Mavs shot 49.4 percent from the field, were 11 of 20 from 3-point range, outscored the Warriors 29-8 in fast break points and committed just 10 turnovers.

Defensively, the Mavs forced the Warriors into 38.2 percent shooting while turning 16 Golden State turnovers into 27 points. It was a dominant performance by the Mavs, who scored 30 points in the first quarter, 32 in the second and 31 in the fourth.

"We were able to capitalize on their misses and make them turn the ball over and get out and just open the game up," said Shawn Marion, who had a season-high 26 points to go with 11 boards. "I was being aggressive, but it was coming to me; the ball was finding me."

Early on, the Warriors inched ahead 10-9 before the Mavs used a 17-2 run to bolt ahead 26-12 late in the first period.

Meanwhile, the Warriors were playing their 10th game in 16 days and fourth in five nights and were simply outmanned by a determined Mavs squad intent on running at every opportunity.

"They're a tired team," Carlisle said. "They've been on the road. We wanted to keep pressure on them, but we wanted to keep high-percentage pressure on them."

This was a spread-the-wealth kind of night for the Mavs, who also got 19 points and nine assists from O.J. Mayo, 15 points from Dirk Nowitzki, and 11 points and 11 boards from Elton Brand. Carlisle couldn't have composed the outcome any better, considering the Mavs lost to the Warriors in Oakland 100-97 on Jan. 31.

"We were right in the game when we went to Golden State when we played them at their place a week ago, and I think everybody was upset about that game," Collison said. "So we put it in our minds that if we're going to play and we want to come out on top, we've got to go from the first five minutes. And I thought we did a good job of playing solid basketball the first five minutes."

Dwain Price, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @DwainPrice

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