Dallas Mavericks


OAKLAND -– Not since 1977 have the Warriors gone to the playoffs in three consecutive seasons. That changed Monday night.


If the Warriors have been able to assert themselves against any Western Conference playoff team, it is the Mavericks, who visit Oracle Arena on Friday night.


OAKLAND -- Inasmuch as they can assure themselves of a playoff berth as soon as mid-March, the Warriors suddenly are the darlings of Las Vegas, where the books now favor them to win the NBA champi


DALLAS -- Amar'e Stoudemire asked out of his contract with the New York Knicks because he wants to make a run at a championship.