When Rick Carlisle gives thanks on this special day, his blessing is going to last awhile.

If he starts with Dirk Nowitzki – and after Wednesday’s 103-99 victory over Golden State, he will – he’ll quickly move on to a long list of important players who helped the Mavericks stop their two-game losing streak against a game bunch of Warriors.

“Of all the games we’ve played this year, tonight was the night we really needed the bench to step up and be big – really at both ends of the court – and they were,” Carlisle said. “We’ve got some younger guys we’re developing and really, they all stepped up.”

Start with Shane Larkin, whose full-court sprint in 3.9 seconds at the end of the third quarter was a huge momentum swing. He had only seven points and six assists, but his speed was a major factor all night.

DeJuan Blair? He merely picked off nine rebounds in 21 minutes to go with 11 points and played a physical brand of basketball that the Mavericks needed.

Jae Crowder? His 12 points led the strong bench, which outscored the Golden State backups 43-13.

“We all came out and played our game,” Blair said. “We needed this game and we got it. We came through. They’re going to need us every night. With the starters being what they are, the bench has to come in and do what we do.”

And of course, there was Nowitzki, who had 20 points in three quarters and finished with 22. He hit seven of his first eight shots and even his missed tries after that looked like they were going in.

Monta Ellis, playing with a stiff back and a tweaked ankle, had his first game of the season scoring fewer than 18 points, but his 10 assists went a long way toward the Mavericks having some of their best ball movement of the season.

Ellis’ last assist produced Samuel Dalembert’s dunk for a 101-95 lead with1:21 to play that provided just enough breathing room. They had led by 17 with six minutes to go in the fourth period.

The Mavericks moved to 10-6 for the season. A year ago at this time, they were 7-9 and facing nearly another month without Nowitzki. On Wednesday, the Mavericks were up by 17 midway through the fourth quarter, then survived a 3-point-laced comeback by the Warriors.

Perhaps the biggest boost of the night came at the end of the third quarter when, with 3.9 seconds left, the Mavericks inbounded to the speedy Larkin, who motored three-quarters of the way down the court, pulled up as crossed the 3-point arc and lofted in a jumper just before the buzzer for an 82-71 lead going into the fourth.