Warriors at Mavericks
7:30 p.m. Friday, American Airlines Center, Dallas
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Records: Warriors 61-6; Mavs 34-34
About the Warriors: At 61-6, the Warriors are the fastest team to win 61 games in NBA history as they chase the Chicago Bulls’ 72-10 record in 1995-96. ... The Warriors want to avenge the 114-91 loss to the Mavs in Dallas on Dec. 30 when Stephen Curry was out with a leg injury. ... Curry is likely to become the first player to be unanimously selected league MVP. Curry averages 30.5 points per game to lead the league and his NBA record 330 3-pointers have broken the single season mark he set last year. . ... Klay Thompson averages 21.9 points. He set an NBA record with 37 points in a quarter Jan. 23 against Sacramento. ... Draymond Green averages 13.6 points, 9.7 rebounds and 7.4 assists. He is second in the league in triple-doubles with 11.
About the Mavericks: Dallas is down after losing six of seven, and likely felt even worse Thursday when the NBA admitted that Cleveland guard Kyrie Irving should have been whistled for a foul on Dirk Nowitzki with 5.1 seconds left in Wednesday’s game. The Mavs were down two points at the time. Irving was credited with a steal, was fouled and made a pair of free throws to seal the 99-98 win for the Cavs. ... Forward Jeremy Evans is out for the season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. ... The Mavs have lost their last four home games. They’ve never lost five straight at home since American Airlines Center opened in the 2001-02 season. ... In his last six games, Nowitzki is averaging 25 points and 7 rebounds in 32.8 minutes. He also is shooting 52.4 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from 3-point range during that span.