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Warriors seek sweep of slumping Mavericks

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Dallas Mavericks at Golden State Warriors

  1. Since the 2013-14 season, the Warriors are 16-2 (.889) against the Mavericks, including winning each of the last nine games the teams have played. Golden State's .889 win percentage against Dallas is tied for its fifth best against any opponent during this time.
  2. The Mavericks lost to the Clippers in Los Angeles on Monday, 104-101, and are now 4-12 (.250) in the new year. Dallas' .250 win percentage in 2018 is the second lowest in the league during this time (Suns are 4-14, .222).
  3. The Warriors lost to the Thunder at home 125-105 on Tuesday. It was Golden State's biggest loss at home since it lost to the Spurs by 29 (129-100) in its season opener of the 2016-17 season (October 25, 2016).
  4. Dirk Nowitzki played 25-plus minutes in Dallas' loss to the Clippers on Monday, surpassing the 50,000 minute mark for his career. Nowitzki is now the sixth player all-time to have played 50,000 minutes or more in his career.
  5. Kevin Durant has scored at least 25 points in all three games against the Mavericks this season (28.7 PPG). Durant is averaging 25.0 points per game in his career against the Mavericks, third highest among active players (minimum 15 games).
  6. Since returning from injury on December 30, Stephen Curry is averaging 28.8 points and has scored over 20 points in 14 of the 16 games he has played. Curry's 28.8 scoring average since December 30 is second highest in the league during this time (James Harden -- 29.7 PPG).

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Dirk Nowitzki will start a game as a 50,000-minute NBA veteran for the first time when the Dallas Mavericks visit the suddenly struggling Golden State Warriors on Thursday night.

As opposed to Monday night, when he reached the milestone, Nowitzki hopes to have his name spelled correctly on the back of his uniform. It said "Nowitkzi" during his 12-point, six-rebound effort in Monday's 104-101 loss to the Clippers in Los Angeles.

"I actually just saw it. I had no idea," he told reporters after the game. "It happens. I guess it kind of sums up our season."

Surely, Monday's game qualified as a scrambled finish as the Mavericks were outscored 13-0 to end a game they led by 10 with just 4:42 remaining. They missed seven shots and interspersed four turnovers in their game-ending drought.

Earlier, Nowitzki became just the sixth in NBA history to reach the 50,000-minute milestone, joining all-time leader Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (57,446), Karl Malone, Kevin Garnett, Jason Kidd and Elvin Hayes.

Hayes played exactly 50,000 minutes in his career, so Nowitzki was able to pass him and move into fifth place on the all-time list on the same night he reached the milestone.

The loss was the Mavericks' sixth in their last seven games, a stretch during which they've been more competitive than the results might indicate. Their last six losses have come by an average of just 7.8 points per game.

Dallas also suffered a narrow loss the last time it faced the Warriors, falling victim to a late 3-pointer by Stephen Curry in a 125-122 home defeat last month.

Golden State had earlier blitzed the Mavericks 133-103 in Dallas and 112-97 at home, and will take a nine-game winning streak in the rivalry into Thursday's contest.

The Warriors figure to be in an angry mood when they seek to complete a second consecutive season-series sweep over the Mavericks.

They are coming off a 125-105 blowout at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder, a game in which the Warriors drew five technical fouls, including an ejection-prompting two on Draymond Green, the league leader in both T's and ejections.

Steve Kerr, who was in no mood to celebrate his 300th game as the Golden State coach afterward, insisted the referees weren't the reason his club had suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time this season.

Rather, having committed 25 turnovers for the second time in three games, one off their season-worst, conspired with a lackluster defensive effort to produce the blowout loss.

"It didn't feel like us, that's for sure," he analyzed. "Ball wasn't moving, and when it was moving, it was generally moving to the wrong team. We are out of whack right now. We are not playing the way we normally do. The defense has not been good, either. It's been a struggle."

It's possible Warriors fans will miss out on two potentially interesting story angles Thursday.

Mavericks guard Seth Curry remains out with a stress fracture in his left tibia, meaning a head-to-head with brother Stephen won't occur.

And Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes, the odd-man-out after two Warriors trips to the NBA Finals because of the addition of Kevin Durant, remains questionable for his twice-a-year homecoming despite practicing Wednesday because of a left ankle injury that kept him out of the Los Angeles game on Monday.

Updated February 8, 2018

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