In the Golden State Warriors’ comfortable 133-103 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night, Stephen Curry spent the entirety of fourth quarter stationed on the bench, a towel draped over his head.
By that point, Curry had already splashed in 29 points in 31 minutes, drained all 13 of his free throws and climbed another rung higher on the club’s all-time scoring list.
That electric three-quarter showing, along with a 25-point outing from Kevin Durant and a near triple double from Draymond Green — 10 points, eight rebounds and seven assists — ensured that the Dubs capped their first road swing with a 2-1 mark.
“When he’s aggressive like that, we just go to another level,” Durant told reporters when asked about Curry. “And we just feed off his energy. As our leader, we want him to go out there and be aggressive because that opens it up for everybody else.”
The Warriors didn’t need Curry’s services in the final stanza because the reigning champs had already run up a 99–84 lead at the close of the third quarter.
Just inside the last three minutes of that final frame, Jordan Bell flashed incredible athleticism while on a fast break. The rookie threw the ball off the backboard, collected it, slammed down the dunk — and drew the foul.
The youthful display of exuberance, which did not sit well with the hosts, prompted head coach Steve Kerr to speak with the rookie.
“He didn’t even realize he’d offended anybody,” Kerr said.
“The young guys are like, ‘We’re just playing basketball,’” Kerr added. “The older guys are offended. So, I talked to him.”
After running the lead to 18 points early on, the Warriors went into the break with a 65-62 advantage as Durant (15 points) and Curry (17) led the way. The two-time MVP paced all scorers, even as he connected on just 1-of-7 long-range efforts.
58 and counting
Klay Thompson sank his first triple of the night in the third quarter, giving the Splash Brother a 3-pointer in 58 consecutive regular season games, which is the longest streak in the NBA.
Meeting with an old friend
Harrison Barnes, member of the 2015 NBA champion Warriors, tallied 13 points for the Mavs and also finished with a +/- of minus-20.
Curry keeps moving up
In the second quarter, Curry pushed past Nate Thurmond for fifth all-time on the club’s scoring chart.
A 40-point 1st
The Warriors opened the evening with a 40-point first quarter barrage, marking the first time the team’s hit that milestone during the young season. Golden State accomplished that feat 40 times last season.
Curry, Iguodala draw fines
Curry earned a $50,000 fine for throwing his mouth guard in the direction of a game official in Saturday night’s loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, the league announced on Monday,
Andre Iguodala was assessed a $15,000 penalty for verbally abusing an official during the same incident.