Mavericks top Warriors


OAKLAND — Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points and former Golden State lottery pick Brandan Wright had 16 points and nine rebounds, leading the Dallas Mavericks past the Warriors 112-103 on Thursday night.

Jason Kidd added 12 assists, 10 rebounds and nine points to pace the Mavericks to a 19-point lead before hanging on late, moving 1 games behind Memphis for the Western Conference’s fifth playoff seed. The Grizzlies lost 107-97 to San Antonio earlier in the night.

The Mavericks are just a half-game ahead of Denver and Houston.

David Lee had 30 points and eight rebounds and rookie Klay Thompson finished with 24 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for the shorthanded Warriors. Golden State has lost three straight and is already eliminated from playoff contention.