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Recap: Kevin Durant scores 36 as the Warriors defeat the Mavericks, 112-97

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Despite a sloppy start, the Warriors storm from behind to beat the Mavericks by double-digits with great performances by Kevin Durant, Omri Casspi and Klay Thompson.

NBA: Dallas Mavericks at Golden State Warriors
Despite the early lead, the Mavericks had nowhere to go against the Warriors.
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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.

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.

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.

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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Who was your Warrior Wonder against the Dallas Mavericks?

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  • 26%
    Kevin Durant
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  • 7%
    Klay Thompson
    (88 votes)
  • 32%
    Jordan Bell
    (371 votes)
  • 12%
    Omri Casspi
    (140 votes)
  • 19%
    Andre Iguodala
    (222 votes)
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