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Golden State Warriors Defeat The Mavericks, 111-86

By Paul Bright     May 4, 2007 in Sports
Nellie sets a record by defeating Mark Cuban's Dallas Mavericks 111-86
OAKLAND- Go, Nellie! Sweet, sweet victory came for the Golden State Warriors as they set an NBA record in their defeat of the Dallas Mavericks, 111 to 83. The Warriors, led by former Dallas Mavericks head coach Don “Nellie” Nelson, became the 3rd team in the NBA to defeat a #1 seed as a #8 seed. They are the first team to do it in a best-of-seven series; the #8 Nuggets defeated the #1 Supersonics in 1994 in a best-of-five series; the Nicks beat the Heat in 1999.
The ever-controversial Stephen Jackson led all Warriors with 33 points. He scored 6 in the first quarter, including 2 three-pointers. An early scare came for Warriors fans when Baron Davis left in the 1st quarter with a hamstring injury. He managed to return but showed obvious limitations in mobility. However, that did not stop Baron Davis from shooting.
It was almost 31-28 when a court-length shot by Baron Davis found its way into the basket, but it was released after the buzzer. At halftime the score was 50 to 48, with the Warriors holding the lead as well as MVP candidate Dirk Nowitzki to 2 points and 1 for 9 shooting. Nowitzki finished the night with a meager 8 points and 10 rebounds.
Davis’ leadership on the team once again manifested himself as he put up 20 points and 10 rebounds for the entire game despite a pulled hamstring. The rest of the Warrior’s offense peaked in the 3rd quarter when they went on an 18 to 0 run led by Stephen Jackson’s 3 for 3 shooting from behind the arc, ending the quarter 63 to 86. They never looked back and led throughout the 4th, finishing the game shooting 14 for 30 from 3-point range.
Much of the sellout crowd was dressed in the Golden State Warrior’s fan shirts: a bright, yellow tee sporting black letters that spell out “We Believe”.
Tonight’s win ultimately refutes his former boss’ quote from earlier this week. Mark Cuban was quoted as saying that Nellie didn’t have the right attitude to win it all when speaking about his time as a Dallas Mavericks head coach. “You can't be afraid to lose if you're going to be a winner. You see it in business all the time.... You've got to go for it. I don't think Nellie's got that attitude and that was a conflict between us."
The Golden State Warriors will meet the winner of the Houston Rockets-Utah Jazz series.
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