Warriors takeaways: What we learned in crazy 119-114 win over Mavericks

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in crazy 119-114 win over Mavericks


The Warriors were as good or better than the Dallas Mavericks in most every facet of the game Sunday, yet the defending champions sweated out the entire 48 minutes.

With Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant combining for 76 points, Golden State squeaked out a 119-114 victory at American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Here three takeaways from the third Warriors-Mavericks game this season that went down to the final minute:

The Curry-Durant duo brought the buckets

Curry scored 48 points on 17-of-32 shooting, including 11-of-19 from deep. He buried a crucial 3-pointer with 42.2 seconds remaining that gave the Warriors the lead for good.

This is the third game this season in which Curry drilled at least 10 triples. He has over the course of his career has made at least 10 in 12 games. Nobody else has more than four, that being teammate Klay Thompson.

Durant totaled 28 points on 10-of-21 shooting, draining 2-of-4 from beyond the arc. He added seven rebounds, five assists, two blocks and a steal.

The only other Warrior to score in double figures was Thompson, who finished with 16 points.

[RELATED: How Klay Thompson's high school coach kept him humble, prepped for NBA]

Bench delivers a tutorial on efficiency

The Warriors’ bench has had its ups and downs this season, and it delivered a quality-over-quantity when it was desperately needed.

The five reserves that entered for the Warriors combined to produce 21 points, on 8-of-17 shooting, including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc, as well as 21 rebounds, seven assists, four steals and three blocks.

Each man brought something. Andre Iguodala had a typical line: six points, seven rebounds and six assists.

Alfonzo McKinnie had 10 points and five rebounds in 16 minutes, Jonas Jerebko grabbed eight rebounds in 14 minutes, Shaun Livingston got a key fourth-quarter steal and Jordan Bell blocked a couple shots.

The rebounding was particularly notable, as Mavericks center DeAndre Jordan only yanked down 14 while Dallas won the overall glass battle 51-49.

Luka Doncic, still good

After the Warriors beat the Mavericks on Dec. 22 at Oracle Arena, Draymond Green offered this instant analysis of rookie Luka Doncic: “That dude good. He got it. He’s going to be a problem. He’s already a problem.”

Three weeks later, Doncic still is good – and was a problem for the Warriors on Sunday.

Doncic, now starting at point guard, gave the Mavericks 26 points, five assists and six rebounds. He has mastered the step-back 3 and his court generalship is impressive, nothing short of amazing for a 19-year-old.

The Mavericks are hanging around the playoff race. They might get there. If they do, Doncic will be in the middle of things. He’s going to be a problem for the Warriors, and many other teams for the foreseeable future.

That dude good.

Five best products for Warriors fans to purchase on Amazon Prime Day

Five best products for Warriors fans to purchase on Amazon Prime Day

It's Amazon Prime Day, so it's time to get in on those great deals.

In light of losing the 2019 NBA Finals to the Toronto Raptors and all the changes to the roster, Warriors fans might need some retail therapy.

So, we picked out five Amazon Prime items Warriors fans could use right now:

1. Steph Curry Swimming Pool Floaty

As you pass the time until the 2019-20 season starts, you might be spending a lot of time in the pool. This is the most stylish accessory you can bring to the Splash Party (yes, we aware it looks nothing like Steph).

2. Keep Calm and Curry On t-shirt

With Kevin Durant leaving for Brooklyn, it's time to put all your eggs back in the Curry basket. This is the perfect shirt to help you remember that everything will be fine as long as Curry is on the Warriors.

3. Warriors' NBA championship DVD set

Let's be honest with ourselves: The Warriors are going to take a step back next season. Until Klay Thompson returns from his torn ACL, the defense won't be that good. If the games become tough to watch, you can just pop these DVDs in and remember better times.

4. Andre Iguodala's book "The Sixth Man"

The Warriors wouldn't have won three NBA titles over the last five years without Iguodala. He was as vital as Curry and Durant to the team's success. The best way to remember all that the 2015 NBA Finals contributed to the run is by reading his memoir.

5. Marcus Thompson's book on Kevin Durant

Warriors fans, we know you're still hurting from KD's departure. But we should be grateful that he spent three years playing in The Town. You can pass the time this summer by reading about what Durant put into his chase for glory.

Bob Myers expecting excitement, novelty from youth-infused Warriors

Bob Myers expecting excitement, novelty from youth-infused Warriors

To be determined. Young. Hungry. Fresh. Those are the words Bob Myers used to describe the revamped Warriors' identity in an exclusive interview with NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke on Monday.

Golden State has eight new players on its roster. One of the holdovers, Klay Thompson, is expected to miss a large portion of next season while recovering from a torn ACL suffered in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Consequently, the Warriors' general manager and president of basketball operations is depending on several newcomers to help lead the franchise into a new phase.

In going about renovating the roster, Myers understood it needed an influx of youth -- which is now more feasible, given the lowered expectations.

"When you try to put these things together, a blend of youth and experience is always good," Myers told Burke. "I think we were tilted pretty far in the experience category, but that's sometimes what it takes to win."

Of the eight new players brought in, Alec Burks is the oldest at 27 years old. For the last several years, the Warriors have been one of the oldest teams in the league based on average age. This coming season, they'll be one of the youngest.

Myers knows that transition is bound to come with consistent growing pains, but ensures the Warriors are prepared for a different kind of season than they've become accustomed to.

"We are going to have to shapeshift in a certain way," Myers said. "We're going to miss Klay -- There's no replacing Klay Thompson. And then it's a lot of new, young guys. Losing Andre [Iguodala] and Shaun [Livingston] also -- the stability, the consistency they bring -- we'll see. But I think we're okay with that. We get it.

[RELATED: Myers bids farewell to golden era of Warriors basketball]

"I think everybody is going into it with their eyes wide open, knowing there's going to be more challenges," he continued. "It's not going to be what it was. But there's also an excitement to that. There's a novelty to that. It's all kind of wrapped up -- even the new arena stuff -- it's kind of like it's a new dawn. It's a new era.

"We're moving forward in a different direction, so let's see what happens."