Mavericks extend slumping Warriors' road woes

  • Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, right, loses control of the ball against Golden State Warriors forward Andris Biedrins during the first quarter Saturday in Dallas. (Associated Press)

DALLAS — Coach Mark Jackson just stood and stared on the sidelines, his expression devoid of emotion as he witnessed his team fall apart in the first half.

He later said the Golden State Warriors wouldn't panic, but they might be alone in that abstention.

After Saturday night's 116-91 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, concluding an 0-4 trip, playoff-thirsty Golden State fans might need some therapy.

“We're fine,” Jackson said. “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.”

It's not just that the Warriors (30-21) have lost four straight, their longest losing streak of the season. It's how they lost.

They were humiliated in Houston. Outgunned in Oklahoma City. Manhandled in Memphis. To top it off, they got dogged in Dallas. They were outscored by an average of 20.8 points per game on the trip.

Point guard Stephen Curry needed 23 shots to get 18 points and turned it over five times. Forward David Lee had just 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting with six rebounds and three turnovers.

Guard Klay Thompson had another rough outing, totaling 11 points on 14 shots.

The Warriors' offense, which shot just 38.2 percent and had four more turnovers (16) than assists (12), almost looked as bad as their defense. The Mavericks scored 15 points above their average — and that's with Dirk Nowitzki totaling 15 points on 3-of-12 shooting.

Forward Shawn Marion scored a season-high 26 points, and the Mavericks backcourt of O.J. Mayo and Darren Collison combined for 37 points on 11-of-22 shooting.

Dallas made 11 of 20 from 3-point range, capping a trip in which the Warriors allowed opponents to shoot 48.5 percent from that distance (50 of 103).

And to think, it looked as if Golden State were getting back on track despite the loss at Memphis a night earlier. The Warriors held the Grizzlies to 36 points on 38.2 percent shooting after halftime to make a game of it. It was the best basketball they'd played on the trip, sparking hope they would right the ship in Dallas.

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