Mavs 105, Warriors 100: Quoteboard

First game of six at home, and the Warriors prove impolite houseguests. They leave their laundry all over the place and they drink the milk right from the carton and they also hit almost half their shots and hung around too long. But the Mavs finally slammed the door in their faces, 105-100. What's the good word, fellas? Quoteboard!

Ian Mahimni and his first double-double, ever . . .

"Coach told us in shootaround to be ready to play tonight because Tyson was most likely going to be out tonight. I had my mind ready, I was ready to go and I was really focused tonight. My plan was to go out and be aggressive and be ready to play." -Ian Mahinmi

"I thought the young man did a great job impacting the game with his length, impacting the game as a good free-throw shooter, and making plays. He rebounded the basketball and gave them second opportunities, getting the ball and tapping it out." -Coach Keith Smart

"Mahinmi was a real difference maker in the game. Just activity wise, he did a little bit of everything . . . He was ready in the San Antonio game, he was ready tonight. This seemed like the type of game that he would really be suited for because of his quickness and their quickness. So, he was big." -Coach Rick Carlisle

Alexis Ajinca and his six boards and two blocked shots . . .

"I'm always ready. Even if I don't play, I still work pretty hard -- coming before everybody, doing some running and trying to be ready all the time -- because you never know what's gonna happen." -Alexis Ajinca

"Be Ready,'' as applied to the backup centers . . .

"The coaching staff does a good job of keeping everyone prepared because you never know when your number is going to get called and both the two Frenchmen came in a really played well for us tonight." -Jason Terry

"I like a competitive situation for more minutes." -Coach Rick Carlisle

On the competitive nature of the game -- the scored tied 11 times and there were 24 lead changes . . .

"Anytime we play against the Warriors it's going to be a tough game and tonight we did what we had to do to come out with the win." -Jason Terry

"If we can keep it close we'll have a chance at the end. Then you'll have a little minor detail-- make a mistake, turn it over here and there, not get a rebound and box out." -Coach Keith Smart

On the fourth quarter, in which Dallas outscored the Warriors 34-28 . . .

"Offensively, we kind of struggled all night. We didn't hit a ton of shots, but in the fourth we were able to get it going. Our ball movement was better. Our penetration was better. Our balance was better, and we were able to get a bit of a cushion." -Coach Rick Carlisle

"Dirk got a couple of key deflections late and we came up with some key rebounds and then we executed on the offensive end. We're a veteran ball club and we expect to win the 4th quarter." -Jason Terry

"We played with great passion tonight in the 4th quarter especially on the defense, and that has to be our main focus and as long as we're doing that we give ourselves a good chance to win every game." -Ian Mahimni

Been a while since that last loss . . .

"The only thing I remember is that it didn't feel good and we don't want that feeling right now." -Jason Terry

And the last word about Mahimni and Ajinca . . .

"You don't want to talk to me. It was Ian's night. Ian and Ajinca's night." -Dirk Nowitzki

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