OAKLAND, May 4 – Despite having to win the last regular season game of the year in order to qualify for the playoffs, the Golden State Warriors were certainly no pushover for the 67-win Dallas Mavericks. In fact, the opposite rang true when all was said and done.
The Warriors crushed the Mavericks last night 111-86 to close out their first round upset of the #1 seed. Despite 67 wins during the regular season, led by the presumed league most valuable player Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas simply had no answers for the organized chaos known as the Warriors. Stephen Jackson led the way for Golden State with 33 points, connecting on his first seven three point attempts (both new playoff career highs).
But the man of the night was most certainly Baron Davis, who left in the first half with a strained hamstring, but would later return with a vengeance. Davis finished with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists, including a number of circus shots, such as a three pointer from the wing after getting bumped by Dirk Nowitzki.
Nowitzki continued his awful series with an 8 point, 10 rebound effort, which saw him shoot 2-13 overall and 0-6 from three point land. It appeared at the end of Game 5 that Nowitzki was ready to take the series over, but Golden State came back with stifling defense that was just too much for the seven foot German.