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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

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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.

STANDOUT PERFORMER

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.

TURNING POINT

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.

INJURY UPDATE

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.

WHAT’S NEXT

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

Steph Curry sheds light on Game 1 trash talk with LeBron James, promises there are 'adversarial relationships' in NBA

Steph Curry sheds light on Game 1 trash talk with LeBron James, promises there are 'adversarial relationships' in NBA

Do you remember what happened with about 35 seconds left in OT during Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals?

In case you forgot:

The Warriors led by 11 points and with the shot clock winding down, Steph Curry attempted a driving layup and LeBron James blocked it.

LeBron proceeded to talk some trash to Curry and even used a little forearm to nudge him away when Curry said something in return.

On the most recent episode of The Bill Simmons Podcast, Curry shed some light on the exchange.

Simmons: "He blocked you and he talked sh*t to you. I thought you guys were gonna fight."

Curry: "It was never going to spill over to that. But it was an interesting moment ... I was hot because I was trying to finish out a possession, I think it was less than a minute left, I didn't see him coming over from the weak side so I tried to do a little soft scoop layup and he pinned it. Then he stared me down and he said something to me.

"And I was like, 'That's what we're really on right now? We're about to win and you're worried about mean-blocking my shot and talking trash?' And then the whole Tristan and Draymond thing happened and I went back up to him and I was like, 'Yo, what's up? Is this really what we're about right now?'

"And he was like, 'I gotta do that to make sure my teammates know I'm a mentor' and it's a part of his leadership and that type of deal. And I was like, 'I don't want to be the sacrificial lamb for your leadership.' (laughter). Come on man, that's messed up."

Simmons: "I want more of it. I don't want you guys to like each other. This is my biggest problem with this decade. I like that I'm not positive you and LeBron like each other (Curry starts laughing). Watching from afar, it doesn't seem like you like each other. I'm sure there's a mutual respect."

Curry: "There's definitely a mutual respect. I would say though when you see guys working out with each other in the summers and you see guys playing pickup and all that -- when you step foot on the court during the season, it's a totally different environment.

"Guys can be buddies and friends and whatnot and have whatever type of relationship they want to have in the summer and off the court, but the rivalry and competition and egos and all that stuff that lives in an NBA game and when you're trying to hold that trophy ... it's really there and it's not going anywhere."

Simmons: "I don't want you guys to get along. I want adverserial relationships."

Curry: "They're there. They're there. I promise you."

Good. That is awesome.

A couple other takeaways from the podcast:

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Steph Curry unveils story behind why the Wolves didn't draft him: 'I hope it's true because that's hilarious'

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Steph Curry unveils story behind why the Wolves didn't draft him: 'I hope it's true because that's hilarious'

With the fifth pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves select... Ricky Rubio.

With the sixth pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves select... Jonny Flynn.

With the seventh pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, the Golden State Warriors select... Stephen Curry.

And the rest is history.

As you all know, the man in charge of those selections -- David Kahn -- was fired in 2013 and no longer works in the NBA.

"My guy David Kahn. I don't know where he's at right now," Curry said on The Bill Simmons Podcast. "I don't know if that ever came out -- there's a story. Everybody knows how much I love golf -- play it in my spare time and what not.

"I think the word on the street was that he didn't draft me because in Minnesota it's cold and I wouldn't be able to play as much golf so I would have been miserable."

A shocked Simmons asked Curry: "Is that true?"

"I hope it's true because that's hilarious (laughter)," Curry said. "That's hilarious."

To which Simmons responded: "It was idiotic in the moment. I did a draft diary. I was going nuts. Because if you're gonna take two point guards, how are you not one of the two? And then if you're gonna go all-in on Rubio and you don't even know if he's gonna come over..."

Rubio didn't leave Spain for the NBA until the 2011-12 season, and a hip injury unfortunately ended Flynn's career after just two plus seasons.

There's no way we will ever find out if that golf story is true, but just like Steph... we certainly hope it is.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller