Another game without three of the Golden State Warriors' starters became another stellar performance by Kevin Durant to lead the Warriors to a 112-97 win.
The first half was a see-saw between stretches of sloppy play and great runs. The Warriors looked intent on keeping this a competitive game early on with a whole heap of turnovers. It’s like we were saying, “Sure, we’re down a couple of all-stars. But let’s spot you guys a couple of points with some easy transition buckets anyways.”
However, despite the Mavericks holding the lead for the majority of the first half, the Warriors never let the leash extend too far before yanking their opponent back into striking distance.
Klay's almost automatic pic.twitter.com/Ev7OxjLYxD— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) December 15, 2017
And then the strike happened in the second half with Durant at the helm of it. He’d continue his streak of individual brilliance on both ends of the floor to get the game under the Warriors control.
Now you're just showing off KD! pic.twitter.com/9HOAN0j9eD— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) December 15, 2017
Omri Casspi backed that up with his best outing as a Warrior and Klay Thompson turned into “37-point Kingslayer Klay” late in the game to help the Warriors run away with the win.
How bout Casspi? 7 points in the 3rd already pic.twitter.com/TRgclnwKiz— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) December 15, 2017
After 2 quick 3's Oracle is Biggest lead of the night pic.twitter.com/pNK8DH8IAm— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) December 15, 2017
If it weren’t for all the possessions we fumbled away, this probably was going to end up as another classic shellacking by the Warriors.
Go ahead and rest easy Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Zaza Pachulia. The rest of the team looks like they can continue to handle this for now.
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