Beaubois helps Mavs notch another win
Rookie guard Rodrigue Beaubois scored a season-high 40 points and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Golden State Warriors 111-90 on Saturday night to snap a two-game losing streak.
Beaubois made 9 of 11 3-pointers, was 15 of 22 overall from the field, made his onlky free throw and had eight rebounds. The 6-footer from Guadeloupe had 26 points in the first half, two more points than his previous career game high.
Shawn Marion added 18 points, Caron Butler had 14, and Dirk Nowitzki finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Mavericks. Corey Maggette led the Warriors with 21 points, Monta Ellis had 14, and Anthony Tolliver grabbed a career-high 21 rebounds - 20 in the second half - the most by any Warrior this season.
The Mavs were coming off a 101-89 loss Thursday night to Portland and had lost four of their past six games and two straight following a 13-game winning streak. They lost those four games by an average of 17.7 points.
Dallas, which led by as many as 33 points, moved into a tie for second with Denver in the Western Conference playoff race, six games behind the Los Angeles Lakers.
Beaubois came into the game averaging just 6.6 points and 12.3 minutes per game. He scored his 26 first-half points in just over 15 minutes. He made 10 of 13 shots from the field - 76.9 percent - and 5 of 6 from 3-point range in the first half, helping the Mavericks build a 67-41 lead.
The Mavericks shot 65.2 percent from the field and 60 percent from 3-point range in the first half. The Warriors, meanwhile, shot 34 percent from the field and 10 percent from long range, making just 1 of 10 3-pointers.
Beaubois, the 25th overall pick in the 2009 draft, entered the game with 3:18 left in the first quarter. He scored his first points with 1:33 showing, nailing a 17-foot jumper. A few seconds later he had a 3-point play. Beaubois was just warming up.
The Warriors had built a 21-16 first-quarter lead late in the first quarter, but the Mavs answered with a 26-6 run to take a 42-27 lead.
Beaubois sparked the run with 14 points. In one span of less than a minute he hit three straight 3-pointers, two from straight on and one from the left corner.
NOTES: Warriors forward Ronny Turiaf returned to action after missing nine games with a sore right knee and was in the starting lineup. ... Ellis and Maggette, who have been ill this week, went to the Warriors' locker room midway through the fourth quarter and didn't return. ... The NBA fined the Mavericks' Butler $25,000 for directing inappropriate language toward fans Thursday night in the second quarter at Portland.