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The Mavericks have no words for the Warriors, just like everyone else

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The Mavs fought valiantly against one of the best teams in history. The end result was a loss that put them under .500 and a loss for words.

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There's not a lot to say.

Of course, a few words were uttered in the bowels of American Airlines Center on Friday night in the wake of Dallas' 130-112 loss to the Golden State WarriorsRick Carlisle called them "breathtaking." Dirk Nowitzki chose "incredible." Chandler Parsons went with "unbelievable." David Lee described their shooting gallery as "theatrics."

Yes, it was the Warriors that left their opponents and 20,000-plus in the arena speechless. But such is life for nearly everyone this season.

The Mavericks, who beat the Stephen Curry-less Warriors at home last December, nearly figured it out. Even after Parsons went out with a sore hamstring. Even after Wesley Matthews went down with what looked like another terrible injury. Even after the Warriors kept throwing haymaker after haymaker. The Mavericks nearly had an answer.

"With a team that good, things have got to kind of go a certain way," Carlisle said. "You got to make 'em go a certain way, but the stars didn't quite align for us."

The stars aligning is basically what it takes to beat the Warriors these days. It nearly happened for the Mavericks.

The theatricality of Golden State was on full display before the ball was thrown in the air. Droves of people gathered just to watch Curry go through his pre-game warm ups. The media tried to catch his every move, even his conversation with Jordan Spieth. It was like the Barnum & Bailey Circus was in town, not an NBA team.

Despite all the pageantry, the Mavericks came out with one of their best offensive halves of the season. But the Warriors took stole the show and everyone's breath.

Dallas held a 39-36 lead near the end of the first quarter and Nowitzki held the ball on the key against the smaller Curry. He stripped the ball, jogged down the court and bombed a three near the right-side AAC logo at the buzzer to tally 14 points and at least 20,000 dropped jaws in the first quarter.

"They're incredible," Nowitzki said. "You can't say enough about that team."

The Mavericks responded, looking like a team that desperately trying to avoid going under .500. But Thompson bombed three-after-three, and Curry banked one in from the corner. Even after the Warriors knocked down 15 threes in the first half, the Mavericks were only down six.

"I've never seen anything like it," Parsons said, before pausing for a second. "It's crazy, how well they shoot the ball. It's really special, what they're doing."

Nowitzki, Parsons and Carlisle were far from the only people who were in awe of the Warriors. David Lee, the man who knows Golden State better anyone associated with the Mavericks after winning a championship with them last season, was even taken aback.

"I think they called four plays the entire night," Lee said, not even able to put his inside knowledge to good use.

Even still, the Mavericks attempted to respond, and were very much in the game in the final period. But this was the circus in town, after all, and they couldn't leave without taking the words out of everyone's mouth one last time. Thompson had 17 fourth quarter points and Curry hit a dagger-three out of the corner to put away the Mavericks for good.

The locker room was somber in the the wake of the two hours that preceded, but it isn't the first time Curry and company has shocked Dallas. The last time he was here and played, he put on a show so impressive that it convinced the Mavs they needed to upgrade their point guard situation, which led to Rajon Rondo.

Nearly 13 months later, the Mavericks were again stunned and are sitting under .500 for the first time since early November. There's no move to be made this time. No, this is what the Mavericks have to deal with for the foreseeable future.

Nowitzki was asked about the possibility of facing Golden State in the first round of the playoffs, which would be an ironic twist of fate after the events of 2007. Nowitzki was silent for a second, pondering the now stark reality, but said Dallas can't worry about that yet.

"At this point I don't think we can worry about seeding," Nowitzki said. "We've gotta get in."

Nowitzki is right. Dallas has to figure out how to grab a playoff spot before wondering which mountain they'll have to climb to even advance.

But Golden State could very well beckon. And, if Friday was any indication, there still won't be a lot to say.