DALLAS — Dallas didn’t have to worry about another close finish against the weary Golden State Warriors.
Shawn Marion scored a season-high 26 points, O.J. Mayo added 19 and the Mavericks handed the Golden State Warriors their fourth straight loss, 116-91 on Saturday night.
Dallas had lost its first two meetings to Golden State by a combined seven points. The Warriors beat the Mavericks 105-101 in overtime on Nov. 19 and edged Dallas 100-97 on Jan. 31. The narrow loss last week was still on Dallas’ mind, especially since coach Rick Carlisle was fined $25,000 for criticizing the late-game officiating.
Darren Collison, who had 18 points and eight assists, keyed a 21-6 first-quarter run. The Mavericks stretched the lead to 27 in the second quarter and were barely threatened after that.
“We were right in the game against Golden State when we played them at their place a week ago," Collison said. “I think everybody was upset about that game. We knew we had to go at them in the first five minutes."
Marion went 11 of 16 from the floor and grabbed 11 rebounds. Dirk Nowitzki chipped in with 15 points for the Mavericks.
The Mavericks, five games behind eighth-place Houston in the Western Conference, improved to 2-0 on a five-game homestand.
In other Saturday games:
CLEVELAND — Danilo Gallinari scored 19 points, Kenneth Faried added 17 and Denver won its ninth straight game with a victory over Cleveland.
PHILADELPHIA — Lavoy Allen had 14 points and a career-high 22 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday scored 20 points to lead Philadelphia past Charlotte.
MILWAUKEE — Charlie Villanueva hit a 3-pointer with 9.7 seconds left and Rodney Stuckey sealed the win with two free throws as Detroit beat Milwaukee.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points and Marcus Thornton had 24 for Sacramento in a victory over Utah.