Now this was the type of beat the Dallas Mavericks were hoping to drum up all season long.

In harmony and showing a lot of rhythm for most of the night against a quality opponent, the Mavs displayed a lot of moxie Saturday night while blowing out the highly touted Golden State Warriors 116-91 at American Airlines Center.

The final outcome was indeed sweet music to the Mavs' ears, considering they know they can't miss too many more beats if they have designs on reaching the playoffs for the 13th straight season.

"I thought our energy was good in the first half. We had a lull there in the second half," coach Rick Carlisle said. "I thought we played about 40 good minutes, and the goal is to make it 48. It was a much-needed win, and we've just got to now focus on the next one."

The Mavs (22-28) are 2-0 on this five-game homestand, which continues Monday when Dallas faces Atlanta.

Dallas led 30-16 after the first period and then used a blistering 22-9 run to soar ahead to 54-27 following a fast break dunk from Shawn Marion with 5:05 left before halftime. From there, Golden State got within 13 early in the fourth quarter.