Instant Replay: Durant's first Warriors triple-double leads Golden State past Mavericks

Instant Replay: Durant's first Warriors triple-double leads Golden State past Mavericks


OAKLAND – Kevin Durant rang up his first triple-double as a member of the Warriors, propelling them to a 108-99 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night at Oracle Arena.

Durant totaled 19 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. He achieved triple-double status with 4:28 left in the third quarter.

Three other Warriors scored in double figures, as Klay Thompson poured in a game-high 29 points, Stephen Curry 14 and Draymond Green 13 as the Warriors (29-5) rolled to their ninth win in 10 games.

The Warriors dominated in most every category, outshooting the Mavericks (50.0 percent to 41.9), outrebounding them 43-40 and outscoring them 27-6 on the fast break. The Warriors committed 13 turnovers, off which Dallas scored 8 points.

Six Mavericks scored in double figured, with Harrison Barnes leading the way with 25 points. Seth Curry scored 11 off the bench. Dallas dropped to 10-24 this season.


Others pitched in plenty, Thompson in particular, but Durant was comprehensively superior.

Durant’s line: 19 points (7-of-14 shooting from the field, 2-of-7 from deep, 3-of-4 from the line), 11 rebounds and 10 assists. He played 35 minutes and was plus-9.

The triple-double was the eighth of Durant’s career.

Thompson scored 17 of his 29 points third quarter. He has scored at least 20 points in each of the last three games.


After Nowitzki swished two free throws to give Dallas a 34-31 lead with 10:39 left in the second quarter, the Warriors came back with a 26-10 blast to go up 57-41 with 3:43 left in the half.

The Warriors led by as much as 25 in the second half, as the Mavericks got no closer than the final nine-point difference, inside the final two minutes.


Warriors: G Pat McCaw (flu-like symptoms) was listed questionable and downgraded to out. C Anderson Varejao was a healthy inactive.

Mavericks: F Dirk Nowitzki (illness) was listed as questionable, upgraded to available and was in the starting lineup. C Andrew Bogut (rest) and G J.J. Barea (L leg muscle strain) were listed as out and placed on the inactive list.


The Warriors return to action Monday night, when they face the Denver Nuggets at Oracle Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Cook gives injured Warriors 'huge boost' in anomalous loss


Cook gives injured Warriors 'huge boost' in anomalous loss

OAKLAND -- If Quinn Cook plays at anything close to the level he performed Friday night against the Kings, the Warriors should avoid any catastrophic stumbling in the absence of their top three scorers.

They stumbled plenty in a 98-93 loss to Sacramento, but not because of Cook. The two-way player who has spent most of the season with G-League Santa Cruz scored a team-high 25 points, shot 10-of-13 from the field and played respectable defense.

He did more than could have been reasonably expected.

“I felt like this was coming,” coach Steve Kerr said. “He was fantastic. He really lit it up and gave us a huge boost.”

The Warriors ran into problems elsewhere, shared among the usually reliable veterans who need to be particularly reliable in the absence of Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson.

Usual starters Draymond Green and Zaza Pachulia combined to shoot 6-of-20.

Usual reserves Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, David West and Nick Young shot a collective 13-of-39.

In the second half, when Warriors mustered only 34 points -- a season-low for any half -- the six vets combined to take 32 shots and missed 24.

Those are atrocious numbers and they explain what went wrong in a game that was there for the taking.

They’re also an anomaly.

“We just couldn’t get anything going,” Green said. “But we got some good shots. We got ‘Dre on a couple of pull-ups in the lane, I got a couple open shots, Nick got a couple open shots, Zaza got a couple open ones. D-West had one pop in and out. (Kevon Looney) had two pop in and out.

“We just got cold. But hopefully those shots will fall tomorrow.”

West, returning after missing four games with a cyst on his right arm, was 1-of-6 from the field. He came into this game as a 60.8-percent shooter this season.

Igoudala was 4-of-10; he shot 70 percent over the previous 10 games. Young was 5-of-15, well below his 44-percent shooting this season. Livingston’s 3-of-8 shooting is uncharacteristic of someone shooting at least 50 percent for four years running.

If history is any indication, Green (5-of-14) and Pachulia (1-of-6) are not going continue to miss at the rate they did in this game, the first this season in which the Warriors were without all three of their top scorers.

If history is any indication, the Warriors can’t be counted on to score 34 points on 27.3-percent shooting in the second half of a game.

“I loved how our guys battled,” Kerr said. “They really competed well and made some big plays. We just couldn’t get the ball to go down quite enough in the second half.”

That’s going to change, perhaps as soon as Saturday night in Phoenix, were the Suns are playing to lose.

So if Cook plays steady basketball, the Warriors will fall off and their fans won’t become a basket case while waiting for the three shooters. The Warriors surely believe that.

“He really showed up. I’ve been waiting on that Quinn,” Green said. “We needed that. It was great for him to come out and play like that. And most importantly, his shots were falling. Since he’s been playing (more often) he’s been playing well, but his shots weren’t really falling. But tonight, they fell for him.”

They won’t always fall at a rate of 77 percent. They won’t have to once his teammates drop in a few more of their own shots.

Casspi rolls ankle, leaves game vs Kings


Casspi rolls ankle, leaves game vs Kings

OAKLAND -- Omri Casspi sustained a sprained right ankle with 9:00 left in the second quarter of the Warriors-Kings game Friday night and did not return.

After dropping in a short hook shot with 9:04 left in the quarter, Casspi landed awkwardly, rolling his ankle and dropping to the floor clutching his lower leg. Down for a couple minutes, he eventually got up and limped into the locker room, accompanied by physical performance specialist Chelsea Lane.

Casspi played six minutes off the bench, producing 6 points, one assist and one rebound against his former team.

He joins Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Pat McCaw and Klay Thompson on the sideline.