The Dallas Mavericks weren't satisfied with a 3-3 homestand but at least leave home with a positive feeling after a strong second half and a win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday. The Mavericks will begin a two-game, back-to-back road trip when they visit the struggling Golden State Warriors on Tuesday.
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Dallas, which visits Sacramento on Wednesday to complete the back-to-back, dropped games against Western Conference contenders Denver and the Los Angeles Lakers and trailed at the half against Philadelphia on Saturday before soft-spoken assistant coach Mike Weinar delivered a rare locker room speech. "At halftime, we were flat and one of my assistant coaches who doesn't speak up very often, actually, had some fiery inspiration words for the team," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle told reporters. "Mike Weinar felt strongly about a couple things in this game, and I really think those couple sentences, the way he said it, really kind of got our guys into it. The third quarter was spectacular." Dallas ended up outscoring the 76ers 68-41 in the second half and cruising to a 109-91 win, while the Warriors went the opposite way after the break in their latest setback. Golden State trailed by one point at the half at Memphis on Sunday before being outscored 35-17 in the third quarter and dropping a 122-102 decision - its eighth straight setback.
TIME: 10:30 p.m. ET. TV: NBA TV, FS Southwest, NBCS Bay Area, TSN1
ABOUT THE MAVERICKS (24-15): Star guard Luka Doncic had a string of six straight games scoring 20 or more points come to an end when he was held to 19 points on 4-of-15 shooting on Saturday, though he still filled the box score with 12 assists and eight rebounds. The MVP candidate is 3-of-15 from 3-point range over the last three games but felt good about what the team was able to accomplish Saturday. "We played like a team," Doncic told reporters. "It wasn't just me. Every player stepping on the court (contributed). We had some tough losses, but we did a good job of moving to the next one. We needed it badly. We showed we can play. (The 76ers are) one of the top teams in the East. We showed we can play against anybody. We just have to do it constantly."
ABOUT THE WARRIORS (9-33): Golden State got guard D'Angelo Russell (shoulder) back from a six-game absence on Sunday and he delivered a game-high 34 points on 12-of-24 shooting - 5-of-9 from 3-point range - in 35 minutes but the rest of the team combined to shoot 33.8 percent from the floor in the loss. Former All-Star power forward Draymond Green struggled to three points on 1-of-5 shooting at Memphis and is averaging four points on 22.2 percent shooting in five games this month. The Warriors struggled on the interior against the Grizzlies, getting outrebounded 60-47 and outscored in the paint 62-26.
1. The Warriors sent SG Damion Lee to the G League on Sunday as they work to convert his two-way deal into a multi-year contract.
2. Mavericks PF Kristaps Porzingis (knee) sat out the last seven games and remains questionable.
3. Dallas crushed the Warriors 142-94 at home on Nov. 20 and earned a 141-121 win at Golden State on Dec. 28, with Doncic averaging 33 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds.
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Golden State Warriors
- AbdominalOut Fri | out
Looney is idle with left abdominal soreness, and he will not return to the floor Friday against the Pacers.
- HandEarly March | out
Curry had surgery on the second metacarpal on his left hand. He is making progress in his rehabilitation, and he is aiming to return to action March 1 against the Wizards.
- AbdominalProb Wed | probable
Robinson has missed the last two games with a sprained right ankle, but he is likely to face the Jazz on Wednesday.
- ConcussionQues Wed | questionable
Evans has sat out the previous three games with a concussion and a broken nose. It is unknown if he will play against the Jazz on Wednesday.
- FluProb Wed | probable
Green has missed the last two games with a sprained finger on his left hand and is now dealing with flu-like symptoms. It is anticipated that he will play Wednesday against the Jazz.
- PersonalProb Thurs | probable
Lee missed the last game due to issues with his contract status, but it is expected that he will be available to face the Nuggets on Thursday.
- AnkleQues Tues | questionable
Poole has an ankle injury, and it is unknown if he will play against the Mavericks on Tuesday.
- Ankleday-to-day | probable
Green is expected to take the court against the Clippers on Friday despite a right ankle injury.
- Achillesout for season | out
Powell suffered a ruptured right Achilles tendon and will miss the remainder of the season.
- KneeProb Tues | probable
Porzingis is sidelined due to right knee soreness, but he is expected to rejoin the lineup Tuesday versus the Clippers.
- IllnessProb Tues | probable
Barea has missed the previous two games due to an illness, but is expected to play against the Warriors on Tuesday.