It was a tough end to a tough road trip as the Warriors fell to the Mavericks 116-91 on Saturday night. The Warriors shot 34-of-89 for the night and had 15 turnovers, 7 of which came in the first half. The lead came down to 13 points in the fourth quarter, but the Warriors couldn't get closer than that. Stephen Curry led the team with 18 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Harrison Barnes added 12 points while David Lee had 10 points, six rebounds. Klay Thompson finished with 11 points, shooting 3-of-7 from three-point range. The Warriors return to Oracle on Tuesday to host the Houston Rockets for their last game before the All-Star Break.
On whether fatigue contributed to the loss:
“None. We got outplayed. They got it going, and another disappointing loss. I won't give any credit to fatigue, that has nothing to do with it.”
On Dallas grabbing an early lead:
“They made shots. They were the aggressor. We turned the ball over, we missed shots, they got it going in transition, and those are things that will hurt you whether you're at home or on the road, but especially on the road.”
On losing another game:
“We're fine. There's no panic. We lost another game, we didn't play well, we made mistakes, we did not put together 48 minutes of basketball, but there's going to be no panic. We're going to regroup and be preparing for the next one.”
On the road trip:
"It's not good and we're looking forward getting back on the floor. We're looking forward to getting back home. We're very disappointed on how the road trip turned out ... We reflect what coach was saying and we have no panic, but it's very frustrating. Not only losing 4 games in a row, but the manor in which we lost them. Every team goes through the ups and downs during the season. The key for us is to figure it out sooner rather than later and have a good last game before the All-Star break ... We had some off nights and some lapses defensively. It would been a little easier to have some time to practice and figure it out. We'll have that before the next game and we're not going to use that as an excuse. The games have been coming at us quick for sure ... Lack of defense. Especially the way we started off games and the way we start off the first half. I want to say all four games we gave up 60 plus points in the first half. That's been the difference in our team this year is we have been much better defensively rebounding the ball. That was not the case these last four games."
On tonight's loss:
"They were able to get off to a good start. They were able to do what they wanted offensively and once they got into their rhythm guys started to gain confidence."
ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD
A stretch of four games in five nights ends Saturday and the Warriors need a win now more than ever. After riding the momentum of a four-game winning streak into this current road trip, the Warriors have now lost three-straight games and will look to get back on track in the road trip finale. Three-straight losses match a season-long losing streak for the Warriors, and they’ll look to get out of that funk against a familiar foe in the Mavericks.
LAST TIME OUT
Stephen Curry tied a season-high with 32 points and David Lee logged 26 points but it wasn’t enough in Friday’s 99-93 loss in Memphis. The Warriors had a three-point lead with eight minutes left in the game, but a 9-0 Grizzlies run over the next five minutes left too big of a deficit for the Warriors to overcome. Curry added eight assists and knocked down four three-pointers on the night, but no Golden State player other than he and Lee scored more than nine points.
SEEKING A SWEEP
Saturday’s contest will mark the third and final meeting of the season between the Warriors and Mavericks, and Golden State won the first two matchups. The Mavericks were without Dirk Nowitzki in each of those games, so the Warriors will get a bit of a new look on Saturday. David Lee has averaged 16 points, 19.5 rebounds and six assists against Dallas this season, and there’s no question the team will look toward their All-Star for another big performance as the Warriors look to end their four-game road trip with a season sweep of the Mavs.
NOT AN ALL-STAR ... YET
Warriors guard Stephen Curry was not selected as an All-Star, but the way he has been playing this season, one has to figure that recognition isn’t far off. Among this year’s non-All-Stars, Curry is the leading scorer with 21.1 points per game. He has arguably been the Warriors’ most valuable player this season and is without question one of the premiere shooters in the league. Curry has accepted an invitation to participate in the NBA’s Three-Point Contest at All-Star Weekend, and he’s on pace to become the only player in NBA history to hit above 44 percent of his threes on more than seven attempts per game.
DALLAS SCOUTING REPORT
The Mavericks gave Head Coach Rick Carlisle his 500th win in their last game on Thursday, but the team is more concerned with making a run toward respectability. Dallas is 5.5 games out of the eighth and final playoff spot, and the team’s players have pledged not to shave until they reach .500. Whether or not the 5 o’clock shadows provide a spark remains to be seen, but the fact remains that the Mavericks do have some dangerous weapons. O.J. Mayo leads the team with 18.0 points per game and Dirk Nowitzki has returned from injury. Containing that duo will be key if the Warriors salvage a win on this four-game road trip.
GSW: Jarett Jack (right shoulder contusion) is questionable. Brandon Rush (torn ACL and MCL, left knee) is out.
DAL: Chris Kaman (concussion) is out.