Just one game after blowing a big lead to Denver, Michael Finley scored 23 points as Dallas held on to beat Golden State 107-93 on Tuesday night.
On Saturday, the Mavericks squandered a 20-point third-quarter lead at home, falling to the Nuggets, 107-102. It was the fourth time this season the Mavericks had been beaten after leading by 10 points or more, and there have been several other games in which they were forced to hold on for tight victories after surrendering large leads.
Steve Nash had 17 points and eight assists for the Mavericks, who have won 10 of 12.
“It wasn’t a great win but we needed it,” said Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki, named as an All-Star reserve. “Saturday we wasted an opportunity. … We have to get stops down the stretch and we did that.”
New Orleans is coming off a 91-70 drubbing at New Jersey on Monday night.
Jamaal Magloire, also named as an All-Star reserve on Tuesday, had 22 points and 13 rebounds to lead New Orleans, but was held to seven points in the second half. Darrell Armstrong added 16 points, hitting four 3-pointers, and Jamal Mashburn had 14 points, but New Orleans shot just 36 percent from the floor with 23 turnovers.
“We’re not shooting the ball well as a team,” Armstrong said. “It’s going to happen sometimes and what you have to do is keep digging … and hopefully, you can work your way out of it.”
The return of All-Star point guard Baron Davis might help.
Davis has missed the last two games with a sore left ankle. He was injured Jan. 19 in a road loss to Minnesota, sat out three games, then returned Jan. 28 against Milwaukee before getting hurt again.