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Warriors Hand Mavericks Second Straight Loss

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Monta Ellis gets by the Mavericks’ Jason Terry on a drive to the basket. (AP Photo)

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DALLAS (CBS/AP) — Monta Ellis had 32 points, David Lee added 16 and the Golden State Warriors beat Dallas 99-92 on Saturday night to deliver a big blow to the Mavericks’ chances of moving up to second in the Western Conference.

Ellis shook off the pain in his strained right ankle to score 18 points in a dominant third quarter that helped the Warriors pull away. Golden State avoided a four-game sweep against Dallas this season.

Shawn Marion had 21 points and Jason Terry added 17 in Dallas’ second straight loss. Two nights after a crushing 28-point loss to the Lakers, the Mavericks’ hopes of improving their playoff seeding took an even bigger hit. They trail the Lakers by 2½ games for second place in the West with only six games left.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services may have contributed to this report)

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