Instant Analysis: Warriors find their form, run away from Mavs late
Warriors improve to 2-2
For the first time this season, the Warriors looked like themselves for most of a game, and it paid off Monday night with a 133-103 rout of the Mavericks in Dallas.
Four Warriors scored in double figures, led by Stephen Curry’s game-high 29. Kevin Durant had 25, Klay Thompson 21, Nick Young 13 and Draymond Green and 10 at American Airlines Center.
Playing tight defense early and digging in again in the third quarter, the defending champions gave the Mavericks only glimpses of hope before crushing them.
The Warriors shot 55.8 percent from the field while limiting Dallas to 39.6 percent and outrebounding the Mavericks 50-42.
Though Curry was the leading scorer and Green had a highly effective game, it was Durant whose all-around game shined brightest for the Warriors.
Durant’s line: 25 points (9-of-15 shooting from the field, 4-of-6 from beyond the arc, 3-of-4 from the foul line), eight rebounds, six assists and one block. He played 33 minutes and finished plus-14.
Though the Mavericks never led, the Warriors didn’t put this one away for good until the second half.
After Dallas closed within 10 (91-81) with 2:23 left in the third quarter, the Warriors went on a 16-4 run to take a 107-85 lead on a Durant 3-pointer 10:35 left in the fourth quarter.
The Mavericks got no closer than 20 points (109-89, 9:01 remaining) over the final 10 minutes.
Thompson’s third-quarter 3 pointer pushed his streak to 58 consecutive games with at least one triple, the longest active streak in the NBA.
Curry moved past Nate Thurmond and into fifth place on all-time Warriors scoring list with 13,204 points.
Warriors: F Omri Casspi (L ankle sprain) was upgraded from probable to available prior to tipoff.
Mavericks: G Devin Harris (personal reasons) and G Dennis Smith (L knee swelling) are listed as questionable. G Seth Curry (L tibial stress fracture) and F Josh McRoberts (R knee soreness) were listed as out.
The Warriors return to the Bay Area after the game and will return to the court Wednesday night, when they face the Toronto Raptors at Oracle Arena. Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:30. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:40.