DALLAS - Jason Terry takes pride in being the energetic leader of the Dallas Mavericks, the guy whose actions set the tone for the entire team.
It can come from diving for the first loose ball of the game. Or from hitting the go-ahead basket and following with a crucial three-point play. And it certainly can come from keeping his cool when opponents are losing theirs.
Terry did it all Wednesday night, along with scoring 28 points, leading the Mavericks to a 112-99 victory over the Golden State Warriors and tying the series at one game apiece.
"We came out tonight with passion," he said. "That's what was really lacking (in Game 1)."
Dallas had lost six in a row to Golden State dating to last season. The Mavericks' search for a skid-buster included a new, smaller starting lineup in Game 1, but that only resulted in a 12-point loss.
So coach Avery Johnson went back to the formula that won 67 games in the regular season and saw his club back in synch from the start.
"Everybody talked about the Xs and Os and the decision Avery made to go smaller, but it really wasn't that," sixth man Jerry Stackhouse said. "It was just the fact we didn't compete."