The Warriors win another blowout, send the Mavericks down to defeat 112-87

March 21, 2017

Golden State Warriors, NBA

by Jerry Feitelberg

Dallas- The Golden State Warriors continue to roll as they overwhelmed the Dallas Mavericks 112-87 Tuesday night. The Warriors won their 28th road game and by doing so set an NBA record as they have won 28 or more road games in three consecutive seasons and no other team in NBA history has ever achieved that feat.

The Mavericks wanted to win this game. They were 8-4 in their last 12 games and were just 2 1/2 games behind Denver for the final playoff berth in the Western Conference. Former Warrior Harrison Barnes entered the game averaging 19.8 points per game. The ageless Dirk Nowitzki averages 14.4 and Steph Curry’s younger brother, Seth, who found a home in Dallas, averages 12.9 points per game.

The two teams played a very competitive first quarter. There were seven lead changes and two ties in the first 12 minutes of action. Dallas led by seven 27-20, but the Dubs stormed back and finished the quarter leading 30-28. The Warriors, as they have done so often this year, owned the second quarter. They outscored Dallas 34-20 to end the half with a 12-point advantage. Klay Thompson led the Dubs with 13. Ian Clark and Patrick McCaw each had ten. Steph Curry was ‘held’ to just seven. The Dubs again were superb on defense as they held Dallas to 20 points. Draymond Green put the clamps on his former teammate Harrison Barnes and held him to just two points in the half.

The Warriors were relentless in the third period. Klay Thompson and Steph Curry led the attack and outscored Dallas 29-21 to lead by twenty heading into the fourth quarter. The Mavericks were toast. They did not score a point in the first four minutes and 38 seconds of the fourth quarter. Steph Curry was on the bench. Klay Thompson and Ian Clark sparked the Dubs to a 26-point lead 97-73. At this point, Warriors’ coach Steve Kerr sent in the bench players to finish the game.

Game Notes and stats. The Warriors improved their record to 57-14 while Dallas falls to 30-40. Klay Thompson led the Dubs with 23. Steph had 17, McCaw ten, Clark 18. Draymond Green scored seven points with eight assists and seven rebounds.

Shaun Livingston, David West, Zaza Pachulia, Matt Barnes all scored six.Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 16. Yogi Ferrell had 12, Seth Curry ten, Nerlens Noel 14, and Harrison Barnes tallied just five.

The Warriors shot 55.1% from the floor and held Dallas to 35.9%. The Dubs made 13 3-pointers. They outrebounded Dallas 46-39 and had ten steals and two blocked shots. The Dubs recorded 34 assists, and it was the 43rd game this year that they have made 30 or more assists in a game.

Steph Curry remarked after the game that the win was an “all-around effort.” He talked about playing against his brother Seth and noted that “it’s amazing to see what he’s done in Dallas.” Steph also commented about some of the reports that the team was in a slump and that the wheels were about to come off the Warrior Express. Steph said this about the team: we ” never panic and never lose confidence.”

Steve Kerr, when asked about the play of rookie Patrick McCaw, had this to say: “Patrick was great- tremendous first half.” When questioned about the new NBA road record, Kerr said: ” it just means we’re a good team.”

The Warriors return home to face the Sacramento Kings Friday night at Oracle Arena at 7:30 pm. It will be the first game against the Kings since the trade of DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans.

 

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Retired pharmacist who now has a career as a sports writer and broadcaster

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