NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, November 19th
(All times Eastern)
Golden State Warriors (5-5) at Dallas Mavericks (6-5), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - After snapping their pesky road losing streak, the Dallas
Mavericks aim to build on their excellent mark so far at home on Monday night
as they play host to the Golden State Warriors.
The Mavs are 4-1 as the host and play their next three games at American
Airlines Center. They do so having snapped a four-game road slide on Saturday
with a 103-95 triumph at the Cleveland Cavaliers.
O.J. Mayo paced six Mavericks players in double figures with 19 points, while
Chris Kaman logged 15 points, eight rebounds and a season-high six blocks for
a Dallas club that had lost four of five overall. Shawn Marion, playing in his
second straight game after missing five in a row with a sprained left MCL, had
his first double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds in 33
minutes of work.
Darren Collison and Vince Carter each contributed 14 points to the winning
effort, which saw Dallas use a pair of 9-0 runs in the fourth to eventually
"We can man-up, stick together and do it the hard way and help each other or
the thinking goes south. The guys got it done together," Mavericks coach Rick
The Warriors come into this game at an even 5-5 after having a two-game win
streak halted with Sunday's 119-109 defeat to the hosting Oklahoma City
Thunder. Kevin Durant logged his first career triple-double and Russell
Westbrook dropped 30 points on the Warriors.
Stephen Curry recorded 22 points with six assists and David Lee finished with
19 points, 10 boards and five assists for the Warriors.
"You give up 119 points. That's not going to cut it," said Curry, whose 3-
pointer midway through the fourth quarter pulled Golden State to within 105-98
and gave the club brief hope before Oklahoma City pulled away.
Not helping the Warriors was that the Thunder went 13-for-20 from 3-point
range while Golden State ended just 5-for-16. Curry made four of those.
Golden State's Richard Jefferson left Sunday's loss with a right calf strain
and is questionable for this contest.
The Mavericks have won eight of their last 10 versus the Warriors as well as
four straight and eight of the past nine encounters in Dallas.
In fact, since Golden State upset top-seeded Dallas as the No. 8 seed in the
2007 playoffs, the Mavericks have won 13 of the last 18 meetings.
11/19 10:29:59 ET