OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Klay Thompson figured it would only be a matter of time until his outward shot started descending again. That time came in a initial quarter.
Thompson strike his initial 7 shots and scored 18 of his 20 points in a opening period, and a Golden State Warriors cruised past a undermanned Dallas Mavericks 116-95 on Wednesday night.
“I feel it’s entrance any game, honestly,” he said. “I won’t let missed shots foreordain how tough we play. As prolonged as we play hard, we know I’ll be successful. It’s that simple.”
Kevin Durant led Golden State with 28 points, Stephen Curry combined 24 and Draymond Green had 16 points and 10 rebounds as a Warriors used their outward sharpened to build a 19-point lead in a initial entertain and never looked back.
Harrison Barnes scored 25 points to lead Dallas in his initial diversion opposite a Warriors given withdrawal as a giveaway representative final summer. But he didn’t get scarcely adequate help.
“The initial half it was kind of like a deer in headlights,” he said. “It was kind of like a scouting news went out a window and we were only out there playing. Once guys staid in we did a most improved job.”
Thompson had been in a bit of a sharpened unemployment to start a season, creation only 11 of 53 3-pointers in a initial 7 games. But he returned to form from a start in this one. He strike 4 of Golden State’s 8 3s in a opening entertain during a camber of only some-more than 2 minutes.
“It was good to see him get a 3-point cadence going,” manager Steve Kerr said. “He started off on fire. It didn’t lift over a rest of a game, though he had a extensive initial quarter. You can see it coming. It’s positively entrance with Klay.”
Durant got going after that and extended a lead to 67-34 in a final notation of a initial half with his possess shot from prolonged range.
The Mavericks managed to cut a necessity to 13 early in a fourth entertain though never unequivocally threatened Golden State a rest of a way.
Mavericks: Starting guards J.J. Barea and Wesley Matthews and C Andrew Bogut got a night off on a behind finish of a back-to-back. … Dallas has mislaid 8 true in Oakland.
Warriors: Durant scored during slightest 20 points for a 72nd true regular-season game, restraining Michael Jordan for a fourth-longest strain ever. … Curry left quickly in a third entertain after tweaking his right ankle. He got it taped and came behind into a game.
The diversion noted a lapse to Oakland for Barnes and Bogut, who left in a offseason after a Warriors sealed Durant. They both got prolonged ovations before a diversion and a video reverence in a initial entertain for their roles in winning a NBA pretension in 2015 and a record 73 regular-season games final season.
“The fans here are phenomenal,” Barnes said. “They showed adore ever given my rookie year adult until my final year here, so it was really nice.”
With Barea sitting, Seth Curry got a start for Dallas and a matchup with large hermit Steph. They rhythmical any other when both were in a diversion and Stephen strike a 30-footer over Seth in a second quarter. Seth had 10 points and 9 assists.
“It’s always a good time when we’re matched adult opposite any other,” he said.
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Thompson, Durant, Curry and Green all strike 4 3-pointers for a Warriors. The Elias Sports Bureau pronounced it’s a initial time a group had 4 players strike during slightest 4 3s in one game.
Mavericks: Continue their highway outing opposite a New York Knicks subsequent Monday.
Warriors: Travel to Denver on Thursday for their second back-to-back of a season.