Golden State (15-14) at Dallas (21-7)

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  • Game info: 8:30 pm EST Fri Dec 30, 2005
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In their last game, the Dallas Mavericks showed they respond well to time off. They will have another chance to do just that when they host the Golden State Warriors after three days’ rest.

Dallas led by double digits for much of the second half and recorded its second-most lopsided win of the season on Monday with a 102-80 rout of the Indiana Pacers.

It was the first time in more than two weeks the Mavericks had more than one day off between games.

“We seemed to have a lot of energy,” coach Avery Johnson said. “I gave them (two days) off and they gave me one back by responding with energy and concentration pretty much throughout the whole game. It’s pretty rare for us to play that long of a stretch of good basketball.”

Dallas is 5-1 this season in games played after having at least two days off.

The Mavericks have won three straight and 11 of 13 overall. They’ve scored at least 100 points in eight of the last nine.

Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 23 points and Devin Harris added 20 against Indiana. Jerry Stackhouse had 15 points in 19 minutes in just his second game of the season after being sidelined by swelling in his knee.

“Hopefully this is the start of something really good for me,” Stackhouse said.

The Mavericks outrebounded the Pacers 49-30, even with a season-low two from Nowitzki. Center Erick Dampier, who spent seven seasons with the Warriors, tied his season high with 14 rebounds.

Although Stackhouse is back in the lineup, the Mavericks are still hindered by injuries. Marquis Daniels has missed three games with a neck strain, Keith Van Horn sat out Monday’s game with the flu and Josh Howard injured his back in the win. Dallas has not said whether Howard, who recorded a double-double Monday, will miss any games.

While the Mavericks hope to continue their winning streak, the Warriors are happy to have snapped a streak of their own.

Golden State beat the Boston Celtics 111-109 on Wednesday to end a season-high, five-game slide and avoid falling below .500.

“We needed a win,” Warriors center Adonal Foyle said. “Each of us wanted to be at our best tonight in order to get a win.”

For Foyle, that meant contributing seven points, six rebounds and a season-high five blocks off the bench. Ike Diogu got his first career start in place of Foyle and scored 12 points for the Warriors, who shot 54 percent from the field.

“If I can get 12 points from (Diogu) and seven points and five blocks from Adonal, it doesn’t matter who starts to me,” Warriors coach Mike Montgomery said. “It’s more than we’ve got out of that position in a while.”

Jason Richardson led Golden State with 36 points and Troy Murphy had 17 while Baron Davis added 11 points, 12 assists and five steals.

The last time these teams met in Dallas on Dec. 14, 2004, Golden State won 111-107, snapping the Mavericks’ 12-game home-winning streak over the Warriors.

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