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Final Score: Warriors win vs Mavs 121-103 on Klay Thompson’s birthday

Kevin Durant leads all scorers with 24 points as the Warriors accelerate away from Dallas in the second half

NBA: Dallas Mavericks at Golden State Warriors Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

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

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.

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.

Straight trash pick-and-roll defense here folks. Also, Green picked up another technical foul, his 14th on the season.

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.

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.

Moving On

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?

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