After a career night in the Warriors' 147-116 blowout over the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday, Kelly Oubre Jr. joined some pretty exclusive Warriors company.
Oubre posted a career-high 40 points, including 7-of-10 shooting from downtown, as short-handed Golden State executed their fast-paced small-ball game plan nearly effortlessly, resulting in a key win at American Airlines Center. In doing so, Oubre became just the third Warrior in franchise history to score at least 40 points and make at least seven 3-pointers, joining two very notable teammates in the process.
Oubre joined Steph Curry and Klay Thompson as the only Warriors to accomplish the feat. When you find yourself in the same company as the Splash Brothers, that's usually a good thing.
Oubre's 40-point night bested his previous career-high of 39 nearly one year to the date. The 25-year-old scored 39 points for the Phoenix Suns on Feb. 7, 2020 in their win over the Houston Rockets. On Thursday, he finished with a team-high eight rebounds, dished out two assists and recorded a steal. He also set a new high for most points scored in a half after he dropped 22 points in the first two quarters.
His performance couldn't have come at a better time for both Oubre and the Warriors. Golden State learned they would be without Eric Paschall just hours before tipoff, as the forward woke up with knee soreness. The Warriors were already lacking with Kevon Looney out at least two weeks with an ankle sprain and rookie James Wiseman set to miss the road trip with a left wrist sprain.
That meant the rest of the team was going to need to step up big, and Oubre did just that. Oubre has been flagged as inconsistent at best so far into his Warriors' tenure, and his erratic play can often prove frustrating. But Thursday's stellar performance showed exactly what the young guard is capable of and what Golden State hopes he can be more often.
"It felt good," Oubre said on "Warriors Postgame Live." "We've got another one coming up in two days, so [we've] gotta focus on that. But just to get all that stuff -- all the rust off -- finally, felt really good."