- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 14, 2009

OAKLAND, CALIF. (AP) - Stephen Jackson scored 31 points, Monta Ellis had season highs of 29 points and 11 rebounds, and the Golden State Warriors put a dent into Dallas’ playoff run, beating the Mavericks 119-110 Friday night.

Kelenna Azubuike and Anthony Randolph each added 14 points for the Warriors, who won their second straight.

Jason Kidd recorded his second triple-double of the season with 21 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for the Mavericks, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Kidd has 102 career triple-doubles, third on the list behind Oscar Robertson (181) and Magic Johnson (138).

Dirk Nowitzki had 27 points and Jason Terry added 20.

The Warriors lost center Andris Biedrins to a sprained left ankle after eight minutes, but Ronny Turiaf had another big game in his place. The 6-foot-10 center grabbed 12 rebounds in 25 minutes and blocked five shots.

Warriors guard Corey Maggette was also missing, out with a sinus infection.

Brandan Wright scored 12 points in 15 minutes in his return to the Warriors lineup after a 27-game layoff with a partial left shoulder separation.

Turiaf’s block of Antoine Wright’s reverse layup attempt led to Jackson’s 3-pointer that put Golden State up 74-62 midway through the third quarter.

The momentum gave the Warriors an 89-78 lead entering the final quarter. They eventually led by as many as 15.

The Mavericks are still in the eighth spot for the playoffs, but missed an opportunity to move into a seventh-place tie with the idle Denver Nuggets. They fell 1 1/2 games back of Portland, New Orleans and Utah.

Randolph helped spark a 15-4 run in the final 4:20 of the first half, scoring eight points, twice on slam dunks. Ellis added five points in the rally that gave the Warriors an eight-point edge before settling for a 60-54 halftime lead.

Notes:@ X-rays taken on Biedrins’ ankle were negative. … Dallas F Devean George missed the game with a right knee injury suffered in Wednesday’s win over Portland. … Mavericks F Josh Howard missed his fourth straight with a left ankle injury. … Warriors G Marco Belinelli remains out with a toe injury. … Jackson has scored 20-plus points in 14 of his last 15 games. He had 19 in the other one. … Nowitzki scored 20-plus for the ninth straight game, third-longest streak in the NBA. … Ellis recorded his fifth career double-double.

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