Highlights: Warriors' comeback falls short in Dallas
Dirk Nowitzki finished with 22 points on 11-19 shooting in the Mavs' 103-99 win over the Warriors. (USATI)
Despite a couple of late rallies, the Warriors never fully recovered from falling behind early and fell to the Mavericks, 103-99, Wednesday night at American Airlines Center in Dallas.
Playing their second game in two nights, the Warriors were undone by turnovers (18) and poor defense, allowing the Dallas starters to shoot better than 60 percent through the first two-plus quarters.
Stephen Curry led Warriors scorers with 29 points, followed by 20 each from Klay Thompson and David Lee. Lee pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds, as the Warriors outrebounded the Mavericks 52-43.
Turnovers, however, killed Golden State, as Dallas scored 30 points off the giveaways.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 22 points to lead five Mavericks in double figures. It ws more than enough to offset an awful shooting night by former Warriors guard Monta Ellis, who made 2-of-16 from the floor and finished with 4 points.
STANDOUT PERFORMANCE: On a night when nobody was especially sharp, Lee did some good things, particularly on offense. He was efficient, taking only 13 shots, and was the only Warriors starter to avoid committing a turnover.
TURNING POINT: After a Harrison Barnes layup cut the Dallas lead to six (82-76) with 11:11 to play, the Warriors entered one of those flat, inept zones that are becoming so familiar this season. While they were missing four shots and committing three turnovers, the Mavericks went on a 10-0 run to gain a 16-point lead with 8:37 left.
The Warriors made one more rally, closing the margin to four in the final two minutes, but their next two possessions ended with Thompson misses. They never were within a basket of the lead after the opening minutes.
INJURY UPDATE: Four players did not make the four-game road trip: Forward Andre Iguodala (strained left hamstring, out indefinitely), point guard Toney Douglas (stress reaction, left tibia, out indefinitely), center Festus Ezeli (offseason surgery on right knee, out indefinitely) and center Ognjen Kuzmic (surgery on right pinkie finger, out at least six weeks).
WHAT'S NEXT: The Warriors complete their three-game, out-of-state trip on Friday, going to Oklahoma City to face the Thunder. The Warriors have lost eight consecutive games at Chesapeake Energy Arena and are 1-8 against the Thunder since the franchise relocated from Seattle to Oklahoma City.