Warriors-Mavericks Game Recap - 3/16/11

Box Score Game Recap Game Photos Postgame Quotes Game Highlights


Oracle Arena
Oakland, CA
March 16, 2011


Warriors Fall To Visiting Mavs
In the first-ever Bollywood Night at Oracle Arena, the Warriors came up just short against the visiting Mavericks, dropping a 112-106 contest. The Warriors started off hot, hitting 15 of their 19 field goal attempts in first quarter, but they were unable to stop a furious comeback from Dallas in the second half. Monta Ellis finished the night with 26 points, 11 assists and six rebounds, while David Lee tallied 22 points and nine rebounds. Acie Law provided solid minutes off the bench, scoring 15 poinnts and handing out six assists. The Warriors will now have one day off before beginning a four-game road trip in Phoenix on Friday. Fans can catch that game at the Warriors Road Viewing Party in Emeryville.


Monta Ellis scored 26 points and handed out 11 assists on the night.(Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty) VIEW PHOTOS

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Game Highlights

Ellis - 26
Nowitzki - 34
Lee - 9
Nowitzki - 13

Ellis - 11
Kidd - 11

Lee - 3
Beaubois - 4


March 18 - 7:00 p.m.

US Airways Center

Phoenix, AZ

TV: CSN Bay Area (HD)

Radio: KNBR 680

Warriors Road Viewing Party

Current Streak: Lost 5

This Season:


12/2/10: L, 101-107
2/7/11: L, 92-104
2/10/11: L, 112-88

Tim Roye's Game Recap

Keith Smart
On On Defending Dirk Nowitzki in the 4th:
“We knew the ball was going to end up with him. I think sometimes you go through a lot of their coverages and plays they are going to run, but the game is going to come down to the ball being in his hand. It’s a dilemma when you play against him because he can shoot the ball from deep and he can post up...and he’s a big guy. He made some great plays…they all did. Those guys were open and they made their open shots when they were open. I thought our guys did a good job with the pace we needed to have against a team that played last night. But sometimes when you get the early lead right away, the hard time is sustaining leads like that when you don’t take care of the ball.”

On the Warriors Offense in the 2nd Half:
“We probably got a little stagnant. We had some good shots, good opportunities and we missed some open shots, some shots around the basket and we missed two free throws. When you get opportunities to capitalize on some of the plays that you have; open shots, finishing plays in the paint and free throws if you don’t…those are dead possessions and now you’ve given a good team a chance to comeback when the (scoreboard) numbers didn’t move on your side.”

On the Warrior’s Playing with a Lead:
“I don’t think they got comfortable, I just think in the NBA it’s a game of runs. A team goes up big and the other team is going to make a run and get back in the game. The next time around we made another run in the third quarter moving it back to seven, and then they made a run. It’s a game of runs. But early in the game when you have a big lead like that it’s very difficult to maintain that lead sometimes…especially if you turn it over and they score. You are not able to hold on to the lead because you’re both able to get the ball to the glass or to the foul line.”

On Acie Law::
“I thought he did a good job. I thought he pushed the ball, didn’t settle for trying to do things that were out of his hands. I thought he pushed the tempo, got into the paint which is where your backup point guard needs to be. He needs to get in the paint and move the ball to different people and when you can do that he’s going to have a big game.”

Monta Ellis
On tonight's game:
“It was tough. We should have had that game. I take the blame. I made some mistakes at the end, turned the ball over and didn’t hit the shots I needed too. I also waited too long to get everybody involved at the end of the game.”

David Lee
On tonight's game:
“I thought our team played pretty well tonight. We played a team that is very veteran and very good at grinding out games. With the start we got out to, I think the game was lost in the second quarter when they crept back in.”

Acie Law
On tonight's game:
“I was just being aggressive. Coach had mentioned that they’re a little older and they were a pretty bad transition team. So he made a point to tell me and Steph (Curry) that when we were in to push the tempo and be aggressive. Also catch them in transition on their heels. We tried to do that. We made plays offensively but the fourth quarter Dirk (Nowitzki) did what he does.”

On Coach Smart Playing Him::
“I am forever indebted to coach. I text him all the time telling him thank you. He trusts me, he’s giving me a great opportunity and I’m trying to do the best with it. It feels great to be playing at this point of my career.”

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