The Mavericks had their most lopsided win of the season last Sunday night, defeating the Golden State Warriors, 101-73.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 20 points, Tyson Chandler had 17 rebounds and Peja Stojakovic made five 3-pointers, while also setting season-best marks for fewest points allowed in a game and in a quarter.
Dallas had previously lost five of the last eight games, with all five losses against the top eight teams in the Western Conference. But, the Mavericks got back on track with added help from Rodrigue Beaubois, who added 15 points, four rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block.
Stojakovic also made a stunning comeback after sitting six straight games for neck stiffness. Stojakovic opened the second quarter with three consecutive 3-pointers, giving Dallas a 40-23 lead.
For Golden State, Monta Ellis had 18 points, Stephen Curry contributed 11 points and David Lee recorded his 32nd double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Former Baylor star, Ekpe Udoh, made his sixth start of his rookie season, playing 29 minutes and contributing eight points and three blocks.
Dallas vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
The Dallas Mavericks rallied to a 104-96 win, and their 50th win of the 2010-2011 season, over the Minnesota Timberwolves Thursday night at the American Airlines Center.
It is Dallas’ 11th consecutive 50-win season. The only longer streaks in NBA history belong to the Spurs and Lakers, both with 12 straight.
Nowitzki led the Mavericks with 30 points and 11 rebounds against the short-handed Timberwolves. Kevin Love missed the game, and will likely miss the rest of the season, after suffering a groin injury earlier in the week.
Jason Terry contributed 18 points, Shawn Marion added 17 and Peja Stojakovic added 16 more for Dallas.
The turning point in the game came from Tyson Chandler, who made a three-point play followed by a 3-pointer from Terry, giving Dallas a 94-93 lead. Terry added the final dagger, helping the Mavs outscore Minnesota 11-2 in the final 3 minutes of the game.
The Mavericks will hit the road on a six-game, 10-day road trip, visiting Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns Sunday. Tip is set for 9:30 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN and TXA21.
Wednesday night the Mavericks visit the Los Angeles Clippers. Tip is set for 9:30 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on FSSW.
On the second night of a back-to-back, the Mavs will take on the Los Angeles Lakers. Tip is set for 9:30 and the game will be broadcast on TNT.
With the game against the Suns included the Mavericks have 10 games left this season before opening the playoffs in late April.
Before Saturday’s game Dallas was second in the Southwest division with a 50-21 record.
Home games remain against Denver, Phoenix, L.A. Clippers and New Orleans as the Mavericks look to finish strong at the AAC.