Dallas Mavericks rout the Golden State Warriors 101 – 73

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  • Dallas Mavericks rout the Golden State Warriors 101 – 73

Dallas Mavericks rout the Golden State Warriors 101 – 73

Dirk Nowitzki top-scored with 20 and Peja Stojakovic went 5-for-8 from beyond the arc to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 101 – 73 drubbing of the Golden State Warriors. The Mavs stifled their opposition on the defensive end, only allowing the Warriors to score 10 points in the last quarter as they emerged victorious on Sunday at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Sharpshooter Peja Stojakovic returned after a six-game absence to will the Mavs to an emphatic 28 point win. This was the largest margin of victory for Dallas this season, as Stojakovic caught fire in the second and added 17 points off the bench on the night.

"I wanted to come off the bench ready, and was able to hit some shots in transition," Stojakovic said. "I need to spread the floor and be a threat out there."

The Mavs suffocated the Warriors with their defence and forced them to take tough looks at the basket. Golden State shot a lowly 35 percent from the field. Dallas won the battle on the glass with a 51 – 39 disparity and forced the Warriors into committing 18 turnovers. Dallas having lost five of their last eight fixtures, put up a balanced attack on Sunday night as 11 players scored for the Mavericks.

The Mavericks were sorely lacking an x-factor for their team; a three-point specialist. Peja’s return allows them to spread the floor and clear out space for the big-men inside, while giving Jason Kidd another scoring threat as well.

"He really spreads the floor," Nowitzki said. "He was moving well, moving to his spots. He was aggressive and his shot was flowing. It was fun to watch."

Jason Kidd made the Mavs run from the start, and beat the Warriors at their own game. The 27 – 12 disparity in fast-break points is a clear testament to that fact. The match was poised evenly in the start of the first period, but the Mavs went on a 9-0 run mid-way through the quarter which was topped with Stojakovic’s layup, to take a 22 – 14 lead with 2:47 left on the clock.

Stojakovic put the game away early in the second period, hitting three consecutive treys to roll the Mavericks to a 17 point lead. The Warriors, not to be undone, responded with an 8- 0 run of their own to end the quarter on a strong note.

Dallas was up 51-43 at the half-way mark.

After the break, the Warriors continued where they left off , and cut the lead down to 4 point in the start of the third quarter, but the Mavs regrouped and countered right back with a 16 – 7 spurt and stretched the lead to 76 – 63 .

Dallas cemented their victory halfway through the final period with a 17-1 run, while holding the Warriors to just 10 points in the last 12 minutes.

Dallas led by 29 at one point in the game, and finished on a 32 – 10 run.

Monta Ellis scored 18 points, and David Lee registered a double-double with 10 points and 12 boards for Golden State.

Tyson Chandler snatched 17 rebounds and Rodrigue Beaubois scored 15 points for the victorious Mavs.

Shawn Marion missed the game with a right-ankle sprain.

 

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