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News » No great escape this time as Mavericks get just deserts Outmanned Warriors pull away, scoring 22 of final 27 points

No great escape this time as Mavericks get just deserts Outmanned Warriors pull away, scoring 22 of final 27 points

No great escape this time as Mavericks get just deserts Outmanned Warriors pull away, scoring 22 of final 27 points Energetic, gritty, good.

The Mavericks were none of those Tuesday night.

When they have played poorly recently, they've often been able to come away with a victory. Winning ugly, it's called.

But deep inside, they had to know they weren't playing the sort of Basketball that would stand the test of time. That was proved when a Golden State team using just six players humiliated the Mavericks , 111-103, at American Airlines Center.

The Mavericks were beaten to every loose ball and played defense like they were auditioning for the role of the Red Sea - as in parting for Moses. Except it was Monte Ellis and Stephen Curry commanding that the Mavericks move aside.

The Warriors outscored the Mavericks , 22-5, in the final six minutes and, really, it was not unlike a lot of the games the Mavericks have won.

"This has been 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."

A J.J. Barea's layup and Jason Terry's jumper put the Mavericks up 98-89 with less than six minutes to play.

But the Warriors hung tough. Seven quick points were capped with a massive slam by Woodrow Wilson product Anthony Randolph, slicing the Mavericks' advantage to 98-96 with five minutes still showing.

Curry tied it with a jumper and the teams exchanged a pair of points before Curry's 3-pointer with 2:21 left put the Warriors ahead for good, 103-100.

Curry finished with 18 points. Ellis was a monster with 37 points and eight assists to make up for 11 turnovers. The Warriors had three players who never left the court, playing all 48 minutes. The other three each played at least 30 minutes.

D-League launch party: The Frisco franchise in the NBA Development League will host a party tonight at Dave & Buster's at Stonebriar Mall in Frisco to launch the voting for the team's nickname.

Co-owner Donnie Nelson, coach Nancy Lieberman, president Spud Webb and general manager Del Harris will cast the ceremonial first suggestions for the franchise's name. The party starts at 7 p.m. and will continue through the Mavericks' watching party for the 7:30 game at Houston.

The fan who submits the favorite team name will win a pair of front-row season tickets for the inaugural season in 2010-11, as well as an NBA All-Star backstage pass experience for the All-Star weekend in February.

Briefly: Quinton Ross sat out the second half with a sore lower back. ... Erick Dampier is not ready to resume playing, but he said he would make the three-game road trip that the Mavericks departed on immediately after Tuesday's game. Dampier has been out since an undisclosed illness hospitalized him Nov. 15. "He's been around the team now for several days and, as I've said, he's in good spirits and feeling real good," Carlisle said. "I expect there will be some kind of announcement coming up at some point soon." ... Shawn Marion sat out his third game with a sore left ankle. He is questionable for tonight's game.

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