DALLAS -- The Warriors finally came out with some life, reversed their trend of sluggish starts and basically played the Dallas Mavericks even in the first quarter.
Also, forward David Lee moved closer to his normal self, finishing with 20 points, eight rebounds and seven assists Tuesday.
Still, the Warriors left Dallas with a 105-100 loss and a four-game losing streak. The reason: costly mistakes.
"We're not getting the final results as far as the wins we need," coach Keith Smart said. "But we are playing (well), so by the time we get it all together, we're going to be a good basketball team. We're just not getting the right thing that you need to say that your effort brought you to win."
The Warriors (8-13) head into tonight's game at San Antonio having lost nine of 10. But they came from behind to nearly steal one in Oklahoma City on Sunday. And they played well enough to scare the Mavericks, who have now won 10 straight. Golden State doesn't have anything to show for it because they have yet to tighten up the errors that come back to haunt them.
Tuesday, they all seemed to happen in the fourth quarter. The Warriors, who trailed by just one point after the first quarter, led 72-71 after three quarters. But in the final 12 minutes, they turned the ball over seven times -- four by the starting backcourt. Golden State's eight fouls led to 15 fourth-quarter free throws for Dallas.
"We played hard all 48 minutes," guard Monta Ellis said after totaling 18 points, seven assists, three steals and six turnovers. "We just made careless mistakes at the wrong time. This was our only game this season where we actually played 48 minutes. It was a tough battle. We knew what we were coming into and we played great. But, with that said, we just made mistakes at the end to make it a burden on us."
The Warriors led 79-78 after a 3-pointer by forward Vladimir Radmanovic with just over nine minutes left. Golden State had the momentum and the heavily favored Mavericks were under pressure. It looked as if the Warriors were going to steal one at American Airlines Center.
But crucial mistakes were too much to overcome.
The tide turned on a three-point play by Dallas guard J.J. Barea, who drove and converted after a touch foul by center Andris Biedrins.
The run eventually grew to 8-2, prompting Smart to call a timeout. But out of the timeout, Warriors forward Dorell Wright gave the ball right back to the Mavericks by stepping out of bounds.
The Mavericks were up by six after Dirk Nowitzki's 19-foot jumper at the 4:50 mark. The Warriors were desperately in need of a basket. Point guard Stephen Curry drove to the basket, jumped and threw a pretty pass -- right to Dallas' Jason Kidd. It led to a layup by Jason Terry on the other end. Golden State was down 92-84.
The Warriors had the deficit down to 98-94 inside of two minutes after a 3-pointer by Ellis, and they had the ball after Dallas failed to convert an alley-oop. But Curry couldn't connect on a pass to Lee. The turnover led to free throws for Caron Butler, who made one of two.
The Warriors still had a chance, down 99-94 with 57 seconds left. But Ellis missed a driving layup trying to avoid contact. That led to a 3-pointer by Kidd on the other end. Ballgame.
"We compete with every team in this league," said Curry, who had 21 points, six rebounds, four assists and six turnovers. "We just have to figure out a way to get the results out of it. We're all getting better each game. It's just a matter of putting it together for 48 minutes and working bits and pieces as a matter of getting our whole performance together."
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