The Golden State Warriors overcame the Dallas Mavericks 121-103, in Oakland on Klay Thompson’s birthday. Kevin Durant scored a game high 24 points on 13 shots, Stephen Curry added 20 points on 12 shots, and the birthday boy Thompson chipped in 18. Draymond Green had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds despite a horrid 4-of-17 shooting night.
An eyebrow raising first half
Who says you can't have your cake and own it too! #KlayDay pic.twitter.com/C6LCSiMfM7— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) February 9, 2018
After losing three of their last four games, it was a bit alarming to see the Warriors fall behind in the first quarter by double-digits as the Mavericks jumped on the home team early.
For the 15th time in the last 22 games, #Warriors enter the second quarter without a lead.— Monte Poole (@MontePooleNBCS) February 9, 2018
DAL 33, GSW 23
Curry 8 pts
Smith Jr. 10 pts
Second-chance pts: DAL 11, GSW 2
The Warriors fired back on the offensive end. The champs ended up scoring 60 points at the half, with 20 assists on 57% shooting. Yet the game was tied after two quarters because as electric as their offense was, their defense was equally as porous.
Dennis dimes Salah for the deuce! #MFFL pic.twitter.com/CVMY073mLV— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) February 9, 2018
Straight trash pick-and-roll defense here folks. Also, Green picked up another technical foul, his 14th on the season.
Here's video of the Draymond delay/technical combo via @DrewShiller. Technical was for the wave at the end, which is an emphasis, but seems a bit soft in this instance. pic.twitter.com/mHy8y3uMhq— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) February 9, 2018
A blood-thirsty grin inducing second half
Then the champs cranked up the pressure and Dallas wilted. A fast paced, 33-25 third quarter in favor of Golden State took the air out of the short-handed Mavericks (former Warrior Harrison Barnes missed the game due to injury). It was refreshing to see the Warriors playing their usual swarming, pressure defense that led to easy buckets on the other end.
KD to Steph | Steph to KD— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) February 9, 2018
This game is proof that Curry's baseball tosses in pregame = practice pic.twitter.com/llCTzRNZ7V
The Warriors in first quarters this season: -2— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) February 9, 2018
The Warriors in third quarters this season: +269
The fourth quarter was a victory lap for the champs, as they stretched their lead to double digits and cruised down the stretch. The Warriors finished with 37 assists, 16 turnovers, and shot a scorching 48% from downtown (14-of-29 from three-point range). David West continued his stellar bench play with 10 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists.
The Warriors next game is Saturday against the limping Western Conference power that is the San Antonio Spurs. That should be a good one, as always.
Alright Dub Nation, did this win over the Mavericks restore your faith in the Golden Empire, or is fret-mode still activate?