DALLAS, TX–The Dallas Mavericks were blown out at home on Saturday night against the Golden State Warriors by a final score of 123-110.
Nothing seemed to go right for the Mavericks, on a night that was severely overshadowed by the NCAA Final Four. Playing without starting small forward Chandler Parsons, the Warriors jumped out to an early 10-3 lead before the Mavs went on a 9-2 run to tie the game at 12. However, it wouldn’t be long before Golden State made a 9-0 run of its own to slowly pull away.
Dallas went into the second period only trailing 26-24, but Golden State outscored the Mavs by 9 and took a 59-48 lead into halftime after Marreese Speights hit a buzzer beater from half-court.
After lighting the Mavs up with 51 points back on February 5th, Dallas held Stephen Curry in check. The All-Star guard and MVP frontrunner only managed to score 11 points on 4/12 shooting. His fellow “splash brother” Klay Thompson led all scorers with 21 points on 50% shooting from beyond the arc.
The second half was not a memorable one for Dallas, with starting point guard Rajon Rondo going down midway through the third quarter. He would not return to the game and was diagnosed with a hyper-extended knee.
The Mavericks went to the free throw line an eye popping 54 times, making 39 of them (72.2%). Ironically, had Dallas made all its free throws in the game, it would have beaten the Warriors by two points. Here lately, the Mavs have been below average from the free throw line and ultimately, it has cost them games, especially this one.
Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas in scoring with 18 points on 3/5 shooting from the field. The big German was also 12/15 from the line. Reserve guard J.J. Barea added 14 points off the bench in his second game back from an ankle sprain.
Next up: Dallas will take on the Phoenix Suns Wednesday, April 8th at the American Airlines Center. Tipoff is set for 8:30 p.m. CST.
- Starting point guard Rajon Rondo left the game with a hyper-extended knee. No word on his return to action.
- Starting forward Chandler Parsons did not play due to swelling in his right knee. The Mavs are hopeful he can play on Wednesday against Phoenix.
- Golden State swept the season series against Dallas and has now won 7 straight against the Mavericks.
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