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Thumbs down for Warriors

Thumbs down for Warriors
DALLAS The last time the Warriors were in Texas, they were beaten so bad, coach Don Nelson changed offensive systems. Wednesday had to be d?j? vu.

The Warriors were beaten like they stole something from the Dallas Mavericks, 117-93, at American Airlines Center. It was one of those game-over-at-halftime kind of spankings, where the remnants of the crowd go crazy every time one of the scrubs scores. It was on national television, too.

"We just had one of the worst games we've had in about six weeks," Nelson said. "I just didn't think that we did a very good job at any part of the game or following our game plan or anything else. We just didn't look like a very good team tonight. We've been playing pretty well. ... So it's just one of those games where we weren't very good. That'll happen when you're not a very good team."

The Warriors, who have dropped their last eight road contests, had Dallas looking like the Mavericks of a couple years ago, not a team clinging to the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

The Mavericks wound up shooting 49.4 percent, but that number was higher before an entire fourth quarter of garbage time. They also dominated the boards 53-38.

It wasn't one player hurting the Warriors, but seemingly everyone. Forwards Dirk Nowitzki (20 points) and Josh Howard (19), guard Jason Terry (22) and big man Brandon Bass (16) had a field day.

"I think our biggest problem today was effort," swingman Stephen Jackson said after posting a game-high 25 points on 7-for-14 shooting. "We haven't had a (national) TV game in a long time. For us to come out and not play to the level we should've played at, that we've been playing at home, is upsetting. I think that's the biggest thing Coach is upset about. I just wish we would've went down fighting. We didn't match their intensity. We gave them any shot."

The game wound up a laugher because the Warriors' offense was about as bad as it was when they lost 123-88 at San Antonio on Dec. 6. Golden State (14-32) shot just 38.6 percent from the field in dropping their eighth-consecutive road game.

Wednesday was the first game featuring the backcourt of guards Monta Ellis and Jamal Crawford, who returned to the lineup after missing the last two games with a bruised right knee. There's nowhere to go but up.

The two combined for 10 points on 3-for-17 shooting with four assists and six turnovers.

"It looked like they hadn't played together," Nelson said, later adding, "I didn't think anybody else picked up the slack, either. If they're going to have an off shooting night, that's one thing. But they didn't play well at either end of the floor, neither did anybody support them."

Jackson made his first four shots, including two 3-pointers, to power a Warriors' offense early. He scored 12 in the first three minutes and the Warriors led 16-10 after he found center Andris Biedrins inside for a layup, forcing a Mavericks' timeout.

But the Mavericks responded with a 14-3 run out of the timeout, 12 of those points were either layups or dunks, capped by a follow dunk by Mavericks center Erick Dampier that put the Warriors' down 24-19.

The Mavericks wound up making 53.8 percent of their shots in the first quarter and outscoring Golden State 22-6 in the paint. The Warriors trailed 31-25 entering the second.

The Warriors cut the lead to 37-36 after a jumper by center Ronny Turiaf at the 7:57 mark. But after that, the Warriors' defense completely disappeared. The Mavericks made their next eight shots all open jumpers, three each by forwards Josh Howard and Dirk Nowitzki to push the Warriors' deficit to 61-41. A 3-pointer from the top of the key put Dallas at 76.5 percent shooting for the second quarter and sent the Warriors into the locker room down 69-47.

The Warriors weren't able to cut into the lead during the third quarter, trailing 92-70 entering the fourth. Their defense improved, limiting Dallas to 36.4 percent shooting and outrebounding the Mavericks 13-12 in the third quarter. But the Warriors' offense had already degenerated into jumpers off one-on-one offenses.

After recording five assists in the first quarter, Golden State managed just seven combined in the second and third quarters.

"We didn't come out the way we should have," forward Corey Maggette said after scoring 21 points off the bench. "It was only a few guys who gave effort."

Notes: A scary moment occurred in the first quarter when Ellis asked to be taken out of the game. He banged knees with a defender during a collision out at the 3-point line. Ellis got up off the court wincing and moments later missed a pull-up jumper. He waived to the bench to take him out of the game as he backpedaled on defense. He limped off the court with 4:30 left in the first quarter. But he was fine, returning to the game with 2:52 left in the first. ... Warriors' second-year point guard C.J. Watson was omitted from the Rookie Challenge, which pits selected rookies against selected second-year players on All-Star Friday. The two guards selected for the Sophomore team were Houston's Aaron Brooks and Detroit's Rodney Stuckey. Stuckey is a lock, being the starting point guard for a contender. But a case could be made for Watson over Brooks (as long as that case is not team record). Watson entered Wednesday averaging 9.8 points on 46 percent shooting with 2.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 26.4 minutes. Brooks is averaging 10.0 points on 39.7 percent shooting with 2.6 assists and 2.1 rebounds in 22.8 minutes. Warriors rookie Anthony Morrow had virtually no shot of making the Rookie squad, but he still could make the 3-point shootout.

Contact Marcus Thompson II at mthomps2@bayareanewsgroup.com.mavs 117,Warriors 93next game: Friday, at Hornets, 6:30 p.m.

Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: January 30, 2009


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