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News » Dallas Mavericks Getting Inside 2008-04-03

Dallas Mavericks Getting Inside 2008-04-03

Dallas Mavericks Getting Inside 2008-04-03
The Mavericks began another of those seize-the-moment stretches with the next "biggest game of the season" Wednesday night. Fellow playoff hopeful Golden State hit Dallas on the second leg of a four-game trip that opened with a loss Tuesday night at San Antonio.

The Mavs couldn't look past the Warriors, even with trips to the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix on the horizon. As one assistant coach described it, "We need eight one-game winning streaks." Such a run ensures a postseason spot and a possible higher seed than the current No. 7 slot.

Watching the standings may occupy the time of fans and media both, especially with each passing day rearranging playoff pairings, but it can't be the focus for those donning sneakers. They can't control what happens elsewhere across the wild, wild Western Conference.

"Right now, you can't play the scoreboard," Jason Kidd said. "You just concentrate on what you can take care of. If we win then we've done our job."

MAVERICKS 111, WARRIORS 86: Buoyed by the stirring return of the NBA's reigning MVP, the Mavericks gave their playoff hopes and psyche a considerable boost by blowing past Golden State on Wednesday night at American Airlines Center. Dirk Nowitzki set the tone just by suiting up, and the wave of emotion never washed out.

The victory keeps the Mavs (47-28) seventh in the Western Conference and pushed ninth-place Golden State (45-30) two games back. But it also gave Dallas the important head-to-head tiebreaker over the Warriors by taking the season series 3-1. Denver (46-29) sits eighth.

The win also means something upstairs. The Mavs had dropped 11 in a row to teams with winning records, including 10 straight since adding Jason Kidd.

Beating the team that sent them packing last summer also can't be forgotten. Two contenders are up next -- the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix -- this weekend.

Nowitzki didn't lead the team in any statistical category, but he wasn't out there to pull a Willis Reed. The team's leading scorer and rebounder tallied 18 points and five boards in 27 scripted minutes. Nowitzki played in spurts of about four to five minutes in the first half and wasn't left on the bench too long. He also had a message for his teammate before the game.

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