NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, March 11th
(All times Eastern)
Dallas Mavericks (38-26) at Golden State Warriors (40-24), 10:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Golden State Warriors will put their four-game
winning streak on the line Tuesday night when they welcome the Dallas
Mavericks to Oracle Arena.
Golden State started its run with back-to-back victories at the end of a long
road trip. Upon return, the Warriors have won two straight at home, including
a pivotal Pacific Division showdown Sunday with the Phoenix Suns.
David Lee scored 26 points with nine rebounds to help the Warriors to a
113-107 win over the Suns. Klay Thompson was 4-for-6 from beyond the arc and
netted 22 points, while Stephen Curry deposited 18 points with nine assists in
the win, Golden State's fourth straight at home.
The Warriors held a 16-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, but the
Suns rebounded. The margin was four with 38.1 seconds on the clock, but the
Warriors hung on, despite four missed free-throws in the waning seconds of the
"They're (Suns) a streaky team that can put a lot of points on the board
quickly," said Lee. "We probably could have played a little bit better with a
lead than we did, but (I'm) happy we closed it out and got stops when we
The Mavs have won two straight since a three-game losing streak. Dallas is
safely in the seventh spot in the Western Conference playoff race, but begins
a three-game road trip Tuesday.
The Mavs' two-game winning streak came against very strong opponents, but both
were at home. On Friday, Dallas toppled the Portland Trail Blazers by five,
then, two days later, the Mavericks bested the Indiana Pacers, 105-94.
Dallas squandered a 17-point lead in the first half and needed a late push to
sweep the home-and-home series from the Pacers, who lost four in a row for the
first time all season.
Devin Harris and Monta Ellis each scored 20 points, while Dirk Nowitzki needed
14 shots to net 14 points for the Mavs, who also received double-digit scoring
efforts from Shawn Marion, Jose Calderon and Vince Carter.
"We started off well and ended well, but had some trouble in between, and we
had to fight throughout the game," Harris said.
The Mavericks will visit the Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder and after
that, play eight straight at American Airline Center.
The two teams have split two matchups this season, with the home team
defending serve each time. The Warriors have won four of their last five as
the host in this series.
03/11 10:22:39 ET