Coming off their best win of the year on Friday over the Portland Trailblazers, the Golden State Warriors proved tonight that victory was no fluke.
The Warriors have nine players either injured or sick, as well as their head coach Don Nelson, who missed tonight's game due to pneumonia.
As per league rules, the Warriors had to dress eight players.Those players were Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry, Anthony Morrow, Anthony Randolph, Mikki Moore, Vladimir Radmanovic, Chris Hunter, and Corey Maggette.
Maggette did not play due to a tender hamstring, and Hunter didn't play either.
That left the Warriors with six viable players.
The Warriors weren't just able to keep it close, and in the end they came out on top, beating the Mavericks 111-103 in Dallas!
Ellis lead the way in the first quarter, scoring 12 of the Warriors' 25 points, and keeping the Warriors close to the Mavericks, who had a 27-25 lead at the end of one.
Going into half time the Mavericks led 54-50.
The Warriors gained confidence when at half time they were only down by four, despite turning the ball over nine times in the first quarter alone. The Mavericks may have helped the Warriors' cause, as they had six turnovers of their own.
What gave the Mavericks the lead was the fact that as a team they made 19 of 21 free throw attempts.
But the game really didn't get exciting until after halftime.
That's when the game started going back and forth. The Warriors were even able to grab a seven point lead on a three by Anthony Morrow.
Unfortunately, towards the end of the third quarter, the Mavericks got Jason Terry and Dirk Nowitizki going, and took a seven point lead of their own.
Since I have NBA League Pass Broadband, I was listening to the Mavericks announcers. At the time they were wondering if the Warriors were going to fold up the tent.
The Warriors came back though, on a tremendous drive by Ellis who got fouled and completed the three point play to get the Warriors back within four.
The fourth quarter started sloppily for both teams. Because of this, the Warriors were able to tie the game. The Mavericks again took a lead and again it looked like Warriors were done.
That's when Ellis stepped up again. He was consistently getting to the basket and drawing the fouls or creating three point play opportunities.
But towards the end of the game Ellis started cramping.
Curry took over for Ellis attacking the rim and getting fouled. What really helped the Warriors is the fact that they were able to get into the bonus early in the quarter.
They also limited the fouls against, which allowed them to play more aggressive defensively and foul before the shot, without repercussions, in the closing minutes of the game.
This game showed why the Warriors were so high on Curry, as he scored 11 of the last 13 points for the Warriors, including the three to break a 100-100 tie.
After that, the Warriors never relinquished the lead.
In the end, with only six players playing, the Warriors were able to put in an unbelievable effort and get what is now their best win of the year.
Ellis lead the way for the Warriors with 37 points, eight assists, four rebounds, and four steals. Morrow scored 27 points including 6-for-8 from beyond the arc, and Curry had 18 points, six assists, four rebounds, and three steals.
Radmanovic lead the Warriors in rebounds with 12. Moore chipped in 11, and Morrow added nine.
Just to show how impressive the Warriors win was: Three players played all 48 minutes Ellis, Morrow, and Radmanovic. Moore had 30 minutes, Anthony Randolph had 30 minutes, and Curry had 34 minutes.
Earlier I mentioned the fact that the Mavericks went 19-for-21 from the free throw line in the first half. Well, in the second half the Mavericks attempted only four.
Even more of a killer for the Mavericks though was the fact that even though the Warriors had three players playing the entire game the Warriors went 11-17 from the field in the fourth quarter.
Again, the Warriors only played six players while the Mavericks played nine players tonight.
All you can say about the win is what a great effort by the team!