Playing without center Andrew Bogut, after playing in Friday's loss to the Grizzlies, the Warriors looked completely flat in the first half, and despite having beaten the Mavericks during their first two meetings this year, Golden State never really seemed to get going.
Giving up a 14-0 run in the first quarter, the Warriors trailed 62-36 by halftime, looking weary and frustrated. Shawn Marion scored 26 points for Dallas, with O.J. Mayo adding another 19, Dirk Nowitzki netting 15 points and Darren Collison tacked on 18 points and 8 assists. Simply put, Dallas took advantage of nearly every opportunity presented to them and shooting opportunities got shared all night.
“We started off aggressive on both ends of the floor and we were able to capitalize on their misses," said Mario, whose dunk gave the Mavs a 54-27 lead with a little over 5 minutes left in the first half.. "We made them turn the ball over and that opened the game up.”
Golden State tried making a run of it late in the third and early in the fourth quarters, as they managed to cut the lead down to 87-74. Stephen Curry had 18 points on the night with Carl Landry getting 13. However, Dallas went on a 18-5 run, giving the team a 105-79 lead and putting the game out of reach.
"It's very frustrating," Golden State All-Star David Lee said. "Not only losing four games in a row, but in the manner that we lost them. Every team goes through those ups and downs during the season. The key for us is to figure it out sooner rather than later."
The Warriors will finally head back home after this final game on the road and will meet the Houston Rockets at Oracle Arena in Tuesday night. It will be a much anticipated clash given their meeting a few nights ago, in which the Rockets tied the NBA record of 23 3-pointers, which saw tempers rising when the Warriors began fouling on purpose to avoid giving up the record, after some taunting from Patrick Beverly who stared down the Golden State bench after a late-game dunk.
That game will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will air on CSN Bay Area.