After quite possibly their best win of the season against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night, the Dallas Mavericks returned back to earth on Thursday, dropping their 21st game in 29 tries to the tune of a 112–97 loss to the Golden State Warriors.
Despite missing three starters due to injury Steph Curry (ankle), Draymond Green (shoulder) and Zaza Pachulia (shoulder), the Warriors grabbed their 15th win over the Mavs in their last 16 tries. The Mavericks last victory at Oracle Arena in Oakland was all the back in April of 2012.
During last nights battle, the Mavericks got off to a fast, strong start against the Warriors as they finished the first twelve minutes leading by four, 28–24. As a team in the first quarter, the Mavs shot 60 percent from the floor and hit four three-pointers. Barea led all Mavericks with 8 points on 3 of 3 shooting in just 3 minutes of action during the opening frame. The Mavericks finished the quarter with just one turnover whereas the Warriors were quite sloppy with the ball, finishing with 7 turnovers that led to 11 Mavericks points.
After a hot first quarter, things cooled down a little for the Mavs in the 2nd. The team shot just 36 percent from the field including just 2 of 8 from the 3-point line. The Warriors didn’t turn the ball over as much with just 3 turnovers for the quarter. The 1st half had seven ties and nine lead changes, ending in a 48–48 tie.
Things got away from the Mavericks during the final 24 minutes of the game as the team in blue was outscored 64–49 during that time. Klay Thompson & Kevin Durant combined for 33 points in the 2nd half on 13 of 20 shooting including 7 of 9 from behind the arc. Thompson finished the game with 25 points and Durant tied his season high with 36 points to go with 11 rebounds.
Dirk led the Mavericks with 18 points and 9 rebounds in 26 minutes of action.Dirk was one of five Mavericks to score in double-digits. Harrison Barnes chipped in with 16 points, JJ Barea 14, & Yogi + Devin Harris contributed with 13 points apiece. Outside of those fives the rest of the Mavericks roster combined for just 23 points.
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) December 15, 2017
The Mavericks hit the court again on Saturday at 7:30 PM CT in San Antonio against the Spurs.
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