The reason why? Well, the Warriors only played six guys. We get more from Deep Six: A Warriors Fan Blog
For more than a year, the Warriors have been busy making excuses. Over the last four games, they’ve been busy making statements. The loudest and clearest one yet came Tuesday night with the 111-103 win against the Mavericks. Down to 6 healthy players (and one D-League call-up), missing their head coach, on the road, and facing a team with five wins in a row, the Warriors had plenty of prime ways to explain away a loss. They didn’t need them. The supposedly not-ready-for-prime-time youngsters looked awfully ready — playing through turnovers, mistakes, and cramps to come from behind in a gutsy show of focus and intensity. Take almost any dismissive statement directed at the youth over the past year — Curry and Ellis can’t play together, Randolph makes too many mistakes, Morrow is too one dimensional, Ellis isn’t a leader, none of them can play defense. This game just provided a concise and spirited rebuttal.
It is pretty impressive if you think about it: Monta Ellis, Anthony Morrow, and Vladimir Radmanovic played the entire game against a pretty stacked Dallas opponent.
This was the first time that a team won with six players since the Baltimore Bullets way back in 1960’s. Remember those great teams led by Earl Monroe and Wes Unseld? The last time that a team dressed only six players was the Pacers after the “Malice in the Palace” back in 2004.
So big ups to the Golden State Warriors, they again prove the theory that playing for 48 minutes actually means playing all 48 minutes.