The Golden State Warriors, losers of three straight, came to Dallas looking to beat the bearded Mavs and get back on the path that has made them arguably the NBA's most surprising team. On the second night of a back to back, it would be a tall challenge, even against an ostensibly inferior opponent who, meanwhile, was well-rested, and angry.

Much like in the 21 point victory against Memphis last month, it seemed like Dallas was catching a good team at the right time, as Golden State looked tired, disinterested, and not terribly confident. This was the same team that Houston lit up for 140 points recently, a score more reminiscent of the Nelson era Warriors(or Mavs!) and not the suddenly defensively capable squad coach Mark Jackson has sent to play this season.

For Dallas, the confidence was only present, but growing, along with the hair follicles. The announced starting lineups for Fox Sports Southwest featured a graphic of biblical-sized beards pasted on the players faces, precisely the sort of humorous distraction that is so needed in what has been the least enjoyable of all Mark Cuban's seasons as owner.

Dallas would begin the game with a blocked shot by Dirk, who has seemed to acquire the quickest beard of all(that German DNA), and the rest of the team would take his cue and ratchet up the defensive intensity. Golden State would score just 16 points in the first quarter, and Darren Collison would nearly match them all by himself with 13 points all on his lonesome, all in a seven minute stretch before Roddy Beaubois would check in with a minute to play.