Warriors Top Mavs to Keep West Race Tight

Kings brush Sonics aside, Lakers have to fight for win over Wiz
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2008 3:00 AM CDT
Warriors Top Mavs to Keep West Race Tight
Los Angeles Lakers' Ronny Turiaf reacts after a play in first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Sunday, March 30, 2008 in Los Angeles.    (Associated Press)

A well-rested Dallas team couldn't rein in the exhausted but determined Warriors, who won last night's game 114-104 after a slow start. Josh Howard's 36 points weren't enough to make up for the continued absence of Dirk Nowitzki, nor was Jason Kidd's near triple-double (13 points, 14 assists, nine boards), reports Mavs.com. Elsewhere in the hotly contested Western Conference:

  • Seattle managed to build a small lead before being obliterated by Sacramento 120-107 on Kevin Martin's 31 points and Ron Artest's 29.
  • The Lakers got a 50th win for the first time since 2004, wresting an ugly 126-120 overtime victory from Washington with the help of Kobe Bryant and Lamar Odom's double-doubles.
(More Dallas Mavericks stories.)

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