Mavericks Win Sixth Straight, Top Warriors
Dallas 102, Golden State 93
OAKLAND, California, Jan. 25 (Ticker) -- By spreading the wealth, the Dallas Mavericks continued their run of success in the Bay area.
Jerry Stackhouse came off the bench to score 23 points and lead five players in double figures as the Mavericks won their sixth straight game, a 102-93 victory triumph over the Golden State Warriors.
"All wins are huge," Stackhouse said. "We are just trying to take it one game at a time. We can only control our own destiny. We can't worry about what the Spurs are doing but this was a big win for us."
The victory assured Dallas coach Avery Johnson will be the Western Conference coach in the All-Star Game in Houston on Feb. 19. He is 48-12 since taking over for Don Nelson late last season.
"It's nothing about me," Johnson said. "If we're fortunate enough to be a part of that situation, it just shows that the guys that play for the Mavericks won some games and we're in the heat of the race. It's no goal of ours. It's a nice honor if something like that were to happen."
The Mavericks broke open the contest with a 19-1 run bridging the third and fourth quarters for a 91-79 advantage. Stackhouse hit a 3-pointer and jumper and Jason Terry and Josh Howard made a pair of baskets apiece during the burst.
"We started to rebound and get some second-chance opportunities, holding them to one shot and got out in transition," Stackhouse said. "They sent so many guys to the boards, we were able to push it and make some open baskets and got away from them."
The Warriors, who missed their first 16 shots in the fourth quarter, used three free throws by Derek Fisher to get within 91-82 before Terry buried a 3-pointer and Stackhouse dunked with 1:59 to play.
"We had a great fourth quarter defensively and that's what propelled us to the win," Terry said. "Golden State is a tough team despite their record." Baron Davis, who scored a season-high 34 points against Dallas on Dec. 30, had nine in the third quarter, including a driving layup with 29 seconds left to give the Warriors a 78-72 lead.
"This team is a dangerous team and they got off to a pretty good start," Stackhouse said. "We were pretty much sleepwalking through the first half, finally got ourselves together and had a good second half."
Terry scored 16 points, Howard 13 and Adrian Griffin grabbed 10 rebounds for the Mavericks, who have the best road record in the West (17-6).
Mavericks guard Devin Harris, who scored 11 points, left the game late in the second quarter after suffering a sprained right shoulder when he collided with Mike Dunleavy Jr.
"I didn't see him coming," Harris said. "I just ran into him. It's the same shoulder I hurt this summer. I just hit him awkwardly."
Davis scored 26 points with 10 assists and Troy Murphy added 22 with 14 rebounds for Golden State, which has dropped eight of its last 10 games.
"We came out and played well at the beginning of the second half and in the fourth quarter, we couldn't get anything going," Murphy said.
"You just have to stick with it and fight through it," said Dunleavy Jr. who was just 2-of-8 from the floor, scoring eight points. "However we come out is how good we are. Who knows how good this team can be or where we'll finish up? I think we've shown at stretches we could compete with anybody in the league. It's just over a 48-minute span, we have to maintain it."