The Warriors don’t know exactly when Kevin Durant will return to the lineup, but they seem to have figured out how to excel without him.
And on Tuesday night, for the first time this season, they found a way to win without Andre Iguodala.
Behind stellar shooting and tight defense, the Warriors won their fifth consecutive game, running away from the Mavericks for a 112-87 victory at American Airlines Center in Dallas.
Four Warriors scored in double figures, led by Klay Thompson’s 23 points. Ian Clark tossed in 18 points, Stephen Curry 17 and Pat McCaw added 10 as the Warriors defeated Dallas for the sixth consecutive time and the 13th of 14.
The Warriors (57-14) got a big boost from their bench, which outscored the Dallas reserves 49-36.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 16 points to lead Dallas (30-40), which took a blow to its playoff hopes. Seth Curry put in 10 points for the Mavericks.
Thompson’s shooting was superb, as was Draymond Green’s all-around game.
Thompson’s line: 23 points (9-of-15 from the field, 5-of-8 from beyond the arc), three rebounds, three assists and three steals. He played 32 minutes and finished plus-17 for the game.
It was Thompson’s seventh consecutive game with at least 20 points.
Green’s line: Seven point (2-of-6, 1-of-4 from deep, 2-of-2 from the line), eight assists, seven rebounds and stellar defense on Harrison Barnes (2 points), Dirk Nowitzki and anyone else who got in the way. Green played 28 minutes and was plus-21.
After the Mavericks went up 37-32 on a jumper by Nowitzki with 9:37 left in the second quarter, the Warriors went on a searing 28-7 run to go up 60-44 on a Thompson 3-pointer with 55.4 seconds remaining in the half.
Clark, who scored 8 of the 28 points during the run, had 10 for the quarter.
The Warriors took a 62-50 lead into the half, and the Mavericks got no closer than 13 in the second half.
Warriors: F Kevin Durant (L knee sprain, tibial bone bruise) and F Andre Iguodala (L hip strain) were listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the NBA Development League.
Mavericks: No injuries listed. C A.J. Hammons and F Jarrod Uthoff were placed on the inactive list.
The Warriors return to action Friday night at Oracle Arena, where they play host to the Sacramento Kings. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:35 p.m.