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News » Against six-man opponent, Mavericks have no defense Injury-racked Warriors outscore Dallas, 22-5, in the final six minutes

Against six-man opponent, Mavericks have no defense Injury-racked Warriors outscore Dallas, 22-5, in the final six minutes

Against six-man opponent, Mavericks have no defense Injury-racked Warriors outscore Dallas, 22-5, in the final six minutes If Hollywood ever remakes The Ten Commandments, the Mavericks can use their fourth quarter Tuesday night as their audition tape.

If they weren't given the role of the Red Sea, it would only be because they were overqualified on this night.

Parting on defense as if commanded to by Moses - or was it Monte Ellis and Stephen Curry? - the Mavericks went through an epic breakdown in the stretch, getting outscored 22-5 in the final six minutes and allowing Golden State to strut off the American Airlines Center court with a 111-103 victory after only six players broke a sweat.

Gone is the Mavericks' five-game winning streak. Planted firmly in their mind instead is the knowledge that they had been playing with fire for several games on their way to a 10-3 record, and got burned by the Warriors.

"This has been [just like] our last six or seven games," Drew Gooden said. "Even though we've been grinding them out and winning, tonight it came back to bite us. We had an eight- or nine-point lead and we couldn't get a stop."

True enough, it was 98-89 with six minutes to go until the Warriors began carving up the Mavericks like they were a Thursday entr?e.

This was at a time when the injury-racked Warriors had every reason to be running on fumes. They had three players who were on the floor for all 48 minutes. They had three others who played at least 30 minutes.

Yet it was the Mavericks who were gassed, getting beat to every loose ball and playing without passion or grit in the final minutes.

"I think we'll point to a lack of attention to detail in terms of our effort," coach Rick Carlisle said. "We had too many breakdowns. Simple as that. We've had too many of these games at home where we lost focus. We've been able to win the majority of them. But tonight we just left too much to chance in the last six minutes."

Indeed, the rookie Curry had 18 points, including the 3-pointer with 2:21 to go that put the Warriors ahead for good, 103-100. Ellis, whose 37 points and eight assists more than offset 11 turnovers, then faked his way through three Mavericks for an uncontested layup, the first of three consecutive point-blank buckets that clinched the win.

Six bold men: It was being reported that this was the first time that a team had won a regular-season game with only six players participating since 1951.

However, Del Harris coached the Houston Rockets over Boston in the 1981 NBA Finals while only using six players: Moses Malone, Billy Paultz, Robert Reid, Tom Henderson, Mike Dunleavy and Bill Willoughby off the bench.

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