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Mavs grab opportunity, hand Warriors fourth straight loss, 116-91

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DALLAS -- There haven't been too many games like Saturday night for Dallas, especially against playoff-caliber teams, but the Mavericks caught road-weary Golden State at the right time.

Shawn Marion led a contingent of five scorers in double figures as Dallas found little resistance in routing the Warriors 116-91 at American Airlines Center.

"We had to capitalize," Mavs forward Elton Brand said.

Golden State (30-21) is on a season-high four-game losing streak, with each of the losses coming in the last five nights and all on the road. The Warriors, who lost Friday night at Memphis, return home Tuesday to face Houston in its final game before the All-Star break.

"We have no panic, but it's very frustrating," the Warriors' David Lee said. "Not only losing four games in a row, but the manner in which we lost them. Every team goes through the up and downs during the season. The key for us is to figure it out sooner rather than later and have a good last game before the All-Star break."

Warriors coach Mark Jackson refused to pin the loss on tired legs.

"We got outplayed," he said. "They got it going, and another disappointing loss. I won't give any credit to fatigue, that has nothing to do with it."

The Mavericks (22-28) are halfway through a four-game homestand leading up to All-Star weekend in Houston. Dallas has won two in row, both against teams that are ahead of the Mavs in the Western Conference standings.

Marion scored a season-high 26, and O.J. Mayo added 19 points and nine assists for Dallas. Darren Collison scored 18, Dirk Nowitzki had 15 and Brand chipped in with 11 off the bench. Marion grabbed 11 rebounds for his 12th double-double, and fourth in the last five games. Brand also nabbed 11 boards.

"This is a really selfless team," Brand said after his sixth double-double of the season. "If you're open guys are going to get you the ball. Shawn Marion scored 26 points tonight, but he'll pass every time. We have guys like Dirk, a future Hall of Fame, he'll pass, and I'll pass. O.J.'s passing great, Darren Collison is stepping up. So, one through 13, the guys are sharing the ball."

The Mavericks had the game well in hand by the end of the first quarter. A quick 20-10 lead ballooned to 30-16 at the end of 12 minutes behind 13 points from Collison. And it only got worse from there for Golden State.

"We really got off to a good start," Collison said. "We knew Golden State was coming off of a back to back, we knew we needed to jump out on them, and that's what we did."

Dallas went into the halftime up 62-36. Dirk Nowitzki, playing for the first time against Golden State this season, and Marion joined Collison in double figures. The Mavericks shot 51 percent from the field at the break.

Stephen Curry epitomized the Warriors' struggles, making 3 of 15 shots from the field in the first half. Lee added 10 points as Golden State limped into the locker room.

Curry finished with 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists in 31 minutes. Carl Landry scored 13 for the Warriors, who had won the previous two meetings against Dallas this season, but neither game was decided by more than four points.

After the latest loss, Jackson sounded more than ready to get back to Oakland.

"We're fine. There's no panic," he said. "We lost another game, we didn't play well, we made mistakes, we did not put together 48 minutes of basketball, but there's going to be no panic. We're going to regroup and be preparing for the next one."

NOTES: With the first of two free throws at the 11:06 mark of the fourth quarter, Nowitzki passed Wilt Chamberlain for 15th place on the NBA's all-time free throws made list. It was the 6,058th free throw of Nowitzki's career. He has shot 6,059 of 6,910 (.877) from the stripe for his career. ... Dallas center Chris Kaman (concussion) has missed the past six games. ... Golden State center Andrew Bogut sat out as a precautionary measure. The Warriors were on a second night of back-to-back games, and they were playing their fourth game in five nights. They have not used Bogut in consecutive games since he returned from an ankle injury. ... Several Mavericks have vowed not to shave until the team reaches .500. "The beards are great, but growing a beard is not going to make you play well," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "Growing a beard and everybody doing it and everybody playing hard and everybody being there for each other in the games and making a commitment to play hard and keep things simple, that's what creates success, and I think the guys understand that."
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