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Davis scores 34, game-winner as Warriors beat Mavs

DALLAS (AP) -- From 1999-2004, the Dallas Mavericks dominated the
Golden State Warriors, winning 20 straight matchups. The last six
meetings have been a different story, however, with the Warriors
taking three.

Baron Davis was Golden State's latest hero against Dallas,
scoring a season-high 34 points, including the go-ahead basket with
.5 seconds left, for a 111-109 victory on Friday night.

Jason Richardson had 32 points and Troy Murphy contributed 18
points and 14 rebounds for the Warriors.

"There've been many times when we came in here and lost by two
or three, and other times when we lost by 20," Richardson said.
"Anytime we can win on them, we'll take it."

Dallas led by as many as 10 in the fourth quarter, but
Richardson scored 16 in the final quarter and Davis added eight.

With the game tied at 109, Davis nailed an open 21-footer from
the left wing with less than a second left to give the Warriors
their first lead of the fourth quarter.

Davis was isolated on Dallas' top perimeter defender, Marquis
Daniels, and Davis' first thought was to take the ball to the
basket and either score on a layup or get fouled. But Daniels
backed off, forcing Davis to shoot from long range.

"Everybody in the gym knew I was going to drive the ball, so I
got (Daniels) back on his heels so I could get up and get my
shot," Davis said.

Jason Terry missed a 20-footer at the buzzer that would have
tied the game.

Dirk Nowitzki's 24 points and Jerry Stackhouse's 19 paced the
Mavericks, who had won six of their previous seven.

Terry's 18-footer ignited a 13-5 run capped by Daniels' layup
with 6:50 to play to give Dallas a 98-88 edge.

But Richardson and Davis scored 16 straight Golden State points
capped by Richardson's 10-footer to pull the Warriors within
107-104 with 2:46 left.

Richardson's 3-pointer from the left corner tied it at 109 with
40.2 seconds remaining.

Dallas went to Nowitzki, who drove hard to the basket, but his
shot was blocked by Adonal Foyle with 28.9 seconds to play. Foyle
had three blocks in the fourth quarter, but on the last one,
Nowitzki thought he was fouled.

"I thought I got hit and I told the ref," Nowitzki said. "He
said it was a no-call. He thought I didn't get hit hard enough to
be a foul. That's fair enough. We didn't lose the game on that
play."

Nowitzki usually goes with a jump shot in a late-game situation,
but he decided to put the ball on the floor and drive.

"I blew past Murphy pretty quickly," Nowitzki said. "I went
up for a dunk. Maybe I should have gone for a layup and tried to
get contact, but you've got to make a decision in a quarter of a
second."

The Warriors trailed by as many as 10 in the third quarter, but
Golden State finished the quarter with a 17-9 spurt to trim Dallas'
advantage to 83-81.

Dallas used a 17-4 second-quarter run to lead by as many as 14.
The Mavericks had their highest scoring half of the season and were
ahead at the break, 62-52.

Mavericks coach Avery Johnson has emphasized defense, but Dallas
didn't defend well down the stretch and has lost all five games
this season when allowing 110 or more points.

"We didn't execute well," Dallas' Josh Howard said. "(Davis
and Richardson) really hurt us in the fourth quarter. We just
didn't communicate."

Game notes
For the first time this season, the Mavericks had the
12-man roster they anticipated at the start of training camp.
Daniels, inactive in three of the previous four games due to a
strained neck, was back in the starting lineup and teammate Keith
Van Horn came off the bench after missing a game because of the
flu. Stackhouse, the projected sixth man who sat out the first 26
games with a knee injury, has been a productive reserve for Dallas
the last three games. ... Golden State had lost five of its
previous six. ...Murphy had his 13th double-double of the season.
...Nowitzki has converted 40 consecutive free throws. ...Dallas'
reserves outscored Golden State's bench, 39-13.