Oakland — Klay Thompson dropped a 17-point third quarter on the Dallas Mavericks as the Golden State Warriors cruised past their guests, 108-99, on Friday night at Oracle Arena.
Playing against a Mavs squad that was without starting point guard J.J. Barea (left leg muscle strain) and center Andrew Bogut (rest), it took a while for the Warriors to get rolling.
After the Warriors took a 59-48 advantage into the break, Thompson broke the game up in the third quarter. The guard hit 6-of-7 shots from the field — including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc — on his way to scoring a game high 29 points.
“[I was] moving without the ball — doing what I do best,” Thompson said. “I was using my teammates for screens. Just being patient and trying to get great shots.”
It was during the third quarter that Kevin Durant completed his first triple-double as a Warriors and his first at all since December 2015. Durant finished his night with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.
“It’s just who he is. It’s just how he plays,” Kerr said. “He’s a great passer and obviously he can score anytime. He’s one of our best rebounders, so the triple-double is just a by product of who he is. If Draymond [Green] hadn’t gotten in foul trouble early, he would have had one too, probably.”
Green, who recorded 13 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists, wasn’t concerned with the missed opportunity. Neither was Durant.
“It really means nothing, to be honest,” Durant said of his stat line. “I second what Draymond said. Stats don’t really mean anything. At the end of the game, you just want to play a great basketball game, as a whole. So, it really doesn’t matter who gets the assists or points or rebounds as long as you get the W.”
“The basketball is going to find whoever it’s supposed to find. That’s just the nature of the game,” Durant added. “We’re all just out there playing. We put a really good show on there for three-and-a-half quarters.”
The Warriors took a commanding 91-69 advantage into the fourth before the Mavs cut into the lead with Stephen Curry and Green spending much of the final quarter on the bench.
“We didn’t close the game well,” Kerr said. “I think, I don’t want us to take winning for granted. I feel like there’s kind of an expectation for us to win — from the players, from everybody. And there’s a danger there in the expectation. Not so much anything other than that it can take the life, the joy out of it. And I want to make sure that our players are out there still having fun.”
While Bogut missed out for the second time in as many trips to Oakland, the other ex-Dub Harrison Harnes went for 25 to lead the Mavs.
“He was a great player for us and it’s great to see him take on the alpha-dog role with Dallas,” Thompson said. “He’s very talented. He’s a very cerebral basketball player, so the sky is the limit for him.”