Dallas Mavericks

Tied at the half, Warriors turn up heat to roast Mavericks

After an even first half, the defending champs looked like their old dazzling selves.

That was enough to beat Dallas.

The Warriors are looking for much more from themselves. Stephen Curry had 20 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, and Golden State bounced back from a tough stretch to top the Mavericks 121-103 on Thursday night.

Kevin Durant added 24 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots while Draymond Green put up another impressive line: 12 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, two blocks and two steals.

Dallas star Dirk Nowitzki had 16 points, 11 rebounds, season-high five steals and two blocks, while rookie Dennis Smith Jr. scored 22 points.

Curry’s pretty three-point play with 1:28 left in the third put the Warriors up 88-83, and once Golden State got going in transition the Mavericks couldn’t keep up in what became a dunk fest. The Warriors began the fourth on a 14-5 tear.

“They strung together a couple of stops, got some easy fast-break points,” Smith said. “They took the momentum and kept it from that point on.”

Despite another slow start, Golden State eventually found its groove and delivered all the big plays when it mattered.

“We fought through that first half, that malaise, whatever you want to call it and ultimately got it going,” coach Steve Kerr said.

The Warriors had dropped three of four, including their worst defeat at home in Tuesday’s 125-105 loss to the Thunder.

Klay Thompson added 18 points, five rebounds and four assists on his 28th birthday.

Durant dunked in transition on back-to-back possessions late in the second quarter, one off a steal he made, and Andre Iguodala also had a slam as the Warriors sent the game to halftime tied at 60.

David West contributed 10 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in nearly 17 minutes for Golden State, which earned a 10th straight victory in the series.

“We just had to provide some stability,” West said. “That’s what we’ve been talking about with the second unit.”

Notes

The Mavericks signed guard Kyle Collinsworth for the rest of the season. He previously had a pair of 10-day contracts. “I’m very happy to have him back,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “He’s done some very good things since he’s been with us. He’s earned this opportunity. So, I’m happy for him. And I’m sure all of our guys are.”

Forward Harrison Barnes missed facing his former team as he sat out a second straight game with a sprained left ankle.

The Mavericks were swept 4-0 by Golden State in the season series.



WARRIORS 121, MAVERICKS 103

Dallas

33

27

25

18

103

Golden State

23

37

33

28

121



Dallas

Min

FG-A

FT-A

R

A

F

Pt

Matthews

28:52

7-17

1-2

2

2

2

17

Nowitzki

27:57

6-10

3-3

11

1

1

16

Powell

31:23

7-9

4-4

6

2

1

18

Barea

28:11

2-9

2-2

0

8

0

6

Smith Jr.

30:19

8-18

2-2

3

3

1

22

Ferrell

30:42

3-9

1-2

2

1

1

9

Kleber

20:03

1-6

0-0

5

0

2

2

Collinsworth

19:08

1-4

0-0

0

1

3

2

Mejri

16:37

5-10

0-0

5

1

5

10

J.Jones

6:48

0-1

1-2

1

0

0

1

Percentages: FG .430, FT .824. 3-Point Goals: 9-37, .243 (Smith Jr. 4-9, Ferrell 2-5, Matthews 2-9, Nowitzki 1-4, J.Jones 0-1, Mejri 0-1, Kleber 0-3, Barea 0-5). Team Rebounds: 11. Team Turnovers: 10 (13 PTS). Blocked Shots: 7 (Mejri 2, Nowitzki 2, Barea, Kleber, Smith Jr.). Turnovers: 10 (Ferrell 3, Smith Jr. 2, Barea, Collinsworth, Kleber, Matthews, Mejri). Steals: 15 (Nowitzki 5, Matthews 2, Powell 2, Smith Jr. 2, Barea, Collinsworth, Ferrell, J.Jones). Technical Fouls: Matthews, 4:28 second.

Golden State

Min

FG-A

FT-A

R

A

F

Pt

Durant

29:41

8-13

4-4

9

4

1

24

Green

32:23

4-17

3-4

10

6

2

12

Pachulia

12:16

3-4

2-2

5

1

3

8

St.Curry

29:41

7-12

2-2

7

8

1

20

Thompson

34:13

8-15

0-0

5

4

1

18

Iguodala

25:46

2-3

0-0

2

3

2

5

West

16:47

4-6

2-2

7

7

0

10

Looney

15:37

3-3

0-2

2

1

1

6

Livingston

13:13

3-5

0-0

1

1

3

6

McCaw

13:10

1-4

0-0

0

1

3

2

Young

9:27

2-5

0-0

0

1

0

6

McGee

3:53

0-1

4-4

2

0

0

4

Casspi

3:53

0-0

0-0

1

0

1

0

Percentages: FG .511, FT .850. 3-Point Goals: 14-29, .483 (Durant 4-6, St.Curry 4-9, Young 2-3, Thompson 2-6, Iguodala 1-2, Green 1-3). Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers: 16 (20 PTS). Blocked Shots: 8 (Durant 2, Green 2, Iguodala 2, McCaw, West). Turnovers: 16 (St.Curry 4, Thompson 3, Green 2, Iguodala 2, Pachulia 2, Durant, Livingston, McCaw). Steals: 6 (Green 2, Iguodala 2, Durant, West). Technical Fouls: Green, 8:12 second. Att.—19,596 (19,596). T—2:04. Officials—Sean Wright, Brent Barnaky, Tre Maddox

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