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Golden State comes up short in Dallas 103-99

  • Warriors guard Stephen Curry tries to drive past Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki on Wednesday night in Dallas. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

DALLAS — Dirk Nowitzki scored 22 points to offset a rough night for playmaking partner Monta Ellis, and the Dallas Mavericks held off a late charge from Golden State for a 103-99 victory over the Warriors on Wednesday night.

Nowitzki was 11 of 19 from the field and added three assists and matched the team high with two steals.

Ellis finished with a season-low four points on 2-of-16 shooting, but he had 10 assists, including one to get Samuel Dalembert a dunk and push Dallas' dwindling lead to six at 101-95 with 1:21 remaining.

Stephen Curry led Golden State with 29 points as the Warriors stayed close a night after a tough one-point win in New Orleans.

Klay Thompson and David Lee had 20 points each, while Lee had 12 rebounds and Thompson 10 boards.

The Warriors rallied from 17 down midway through the fourth quarter, but never got closer than four. Thompson shot an air ball on a 3-point attempt in one trip, and Dalembert blocked a shot from long range by Draymond Green with 9.4 seconds left.

Golden State kept the ball after the block, but the Warriors missed twice in a mad scramble to the final buzzer.

With Ellis' game off the mark, rookie point guard Shane Larkin gave Dallas a spark off the bench. The biggest boost was a running shot off one foot just before the third-quarter buzzer that put Dallas up by 11.

Dallas coach Rick Carlisle broke his rotation and put Larkin back in to try to stem a Golden State rally late in the fourth. He finished with seven points and six assists.

The Mavericks were in control at 99-82 with about 5 minutes left when the Warriors ran off 13 straight points to make it close.

Thompson started the run with a 3-pointer, and it really got going when DeJuan Blair was called for a foul in the backcourt and Ellis was given a technical for an outburst after the whistle.

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