Mavs win 10th straight to close on Spurs

The Pak Banker - - International3 -

DAL­LAS: The Dal­las Mav­er­icks reg­is­tered a 10th con­sec­u­tive vic­tory with a 105-100 tri­umph over the Golden State War­riors on Tues­day, the win lift­ing the home team to within a half-game of the Western Con­fer­ence lead. Dirk Now­itzki scored a game-high 25 points and Ja­son Terry added 20 as the Mav­er­icks (17-4) held off a War­riors team that made two three point­ers in the fi­nal 26 sec­onds to get re­duce the deficit to four points be­fore Dal­las held on. Stephen Curry had a teamhigh 21 points and David Lee chipped in 20 for the War­riors (8-13), who lost their fourth straight and ninth in 10 games.

With the win, the Mav­er­icks moved to within a half-game of the San An­to­nio Spurs for the best record in the con­fer­ence. Play­ing with­out cen­ter Tyson Chan­dler, who was out with a stom­ach ail­ment, Dal­las got a sur­pris­ing boost off the bench from French big man Ian Mahinmi who fin­ished with 12 points and 10 re­bounds. "I had my mind ready. I was ready to go and I was re­ally fo­cused tonight," Mahinmi told re­porters. "My plan was to go out and be ag­gres­sive and be ready to play."

But­ler fin­ished with 19 points, but it was the pres­ence of third-stringer Mahinmi that made the dif­fer­ence. -Ap

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