NBA Game Summary - Golden State at Dallas
(Monday, November 8th)
Final Score: Dallas 101, Golden State 98 (OT)
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Dallas Mavericks overcame an early 17-point deficit for a 101-98 overtime victory against Golden State at American Airlines Center.
Michael Finley added 17 points and seven boards for the unbeaten Mavericks (4-0), who are off to their best start since they opened the 2002-03 season with 14 straight victories. Josh Howard had 14 points and 13 rebounds while Jason Terry chipped in with 12 points to help Dallas to its 21st win in the last 22 meetings with Golden State.
"We were certainly tested tonight, but we responded," said Dallas coach Don Nelson. "It wasn't our best game, but we responded from a deficit and picked it up."
After squandering the big lead, Jason Richardson hit a three in the waning seconds of regulation to force overtime. He led the way with 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Warriors, who have dropped four straight to begin the season for the first time since the 1999-2000 campaign. Derek Fisher scored 23 points with nine assists despite going just 6-for-23 from the field.
Dallas scored the first four points of overtime, but Golden State crept within one on Mike Dunleavy's three-pointer. A thunderous follow by Howard and a layup by Terry with just over a minute to go made it 98-93.
Richardson was credited with another bucket thanks to a goaltending call with two seconds left to get his team within 100-98, and Nowitzki made only one free throw at the other end to give Golden State one last chance to tie. Richardson's quick three went off the rim, capping a terrible collapse by the Warriors.
After shooting 48 percent in the first half on the way to a 57-44 lead, the Warriors went cold and let Dallas back in the game. They were just 3-of-23 from the floor in the third quarter, outscored by a 24-10 margin.
"I thought in the third quarter that we got a little tired and as a result, Dallas picked up their pressure," Warriors first-year coach Mike Montgomery.
Nowitzki's back-to-back jumpers capped a 15-4 rally over the first half of the stanza, but Golden State tallied the next four points to create a little more breathing room. A three by Devin Harris with just under four minutes to go pulled the Mavs within 65-62 and a pair of free throws by Marquis Daniels in the final minute gave Dallas a 68-67 edge heading into the fourth.
"I had a little talk with the lads at halftime about the defensive intensity and we moved it up and had our best quarter in the third quarter," added Nelson.
The final period was back and forth with the lead changing eight times.
Richardson's drive to the basket with 1:27 left provided the Warriors with an 85-84 advantage, but Erick Dampier's hook shot at the other end put the score in Dallas' favor. Dampier had just six points and five boards in the first game against his former team.
"I was just going out there to play," said Dampier, who was acquired in an offseason trade. "I approach this like any other game."
Howard then drew a charge against Richardson, but Nowitzki couldn't hit at the other end. The difference remained one until Finley was sent to the line with 16 ticks left after a loose ball foul. Finley hit both free throws to hand the Mavs a three-point edge and Golden State called for time to plan out its next possession.
Richardson's number was called again and he hit a baseline three right off the inbound to tie it at 88 and send the game into overtime.
The Warriors trailed early but mounted a 20-2 charge to grab a 22-9 advantage 8 1/2 minutes in. They shot a scorching 60 percent from the field on the way to a 33-19 cushion after one quarter and carried a 13-point lead into halftime behind 11 points from Fisher.
The Mavericks are 4-0 for only the third time in team history...Dallas has beaten Golden State 12 straight times at home...The Mavs have also score over 100 points in 15 of the last 16 meetings...Troy Murphy and Dunleavy contributed 15 and 13 points, respectively, for the Warriors, who finished with a 38 percent clip (36-of-94) from the field.
11/09 01:43:17 ET