Thompson, Durant help Warriors to 108-99 win
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Klay Thompson scored 17 of his game-high 29 points in a third-quarter runaway Friday night, propelling the Golden State Warriors to a 108-99 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.
Kevin Durant posted his first triple-double as a Warrior with 19 points, 11 rebounds and a game-high 10 assists, helping Golden State (29-5) improve upon its best-in-basketball record with a seventh straight home win.
The Mavericks (10-24), who were playing the second night of a back-to-back after a 101-89 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, played the Warriors even for 14 minutes and hung within arm's length into the third quarter.
But Thompson caught fire after halftime, clumping two 3-pointers, two two-pointers and two free throws into a 14-3 flurry that turned a 14-point game into an 85-60 blowout bridging the midpoint of the third quarter.
Thompson finished 11 of 19 from the floor overall and 5 of 11 on 3-pointers for the Warriors, who shot 50 percent from the floor (42 of 84) in the game.
Thompson had his highest per-game average (21.8 points) last season against the Mavericks. He has made more 3-pointers (78) against them than any other team.
Draymond Green flirted with a triple-double with 13 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and Stephen Curry added 14 points and five assists or the Warriors, who topped 30 assists (31) for a league-leading 23rd time this season.
Harrison Barnes, facing his former team for the second time since leaving for a four-year, $94 million offer in the offseason, paced the Mavericks with 25 points.
Wesley Matthews had 14 points and Dirk Nowitzki, starting at center after missing Thursday's game with an illness, chipped in with 11 points and five rebounds for Dallas.
Dwight Powell logged a 10-point, 13-rebound double-double, and Seth Curry and Deron Williams had 11 points apiece for the Mavericks, who have split their last eight games after a 6-20 start.
In losing at Oakland for the ninth time in a row, the Mavericks shot 41.9 percent from the field.
The loss was Dallas' seventh straight this season on the second night of a back-to-back. The Mavericks have dropped those by an average of 13.7 points.
NOTES: Veteran Mavericks C Andrew Bogut, who played last year for the Warriors, was given the night off after having played 22 minutes in Thursday's win over the Los Angeles Lakers. ... The Warriors have a 72-12 record in the calendar year 2016. Their 144 total wins in 2015 and '16 were the most during a two-year span in NBA history, seven more than the Chicago Bulls compiled in 1996 and '97. ... Warriors PG Stephen Curry passed SF Purvis Short (11,894) for seventh place on the franchise scoring list. ... Curry went head-to-head with his brother, Mavericks PG Seth Curry, for the fifth time in their NBA careers. Stephen Curry held a 104-26 scoring advantage in the first four meetings. ... Asked before the game if he had a New Year's resolution after a year in which he had back issues and his team lost in the NBA Finals, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said, "I'm kind of looking forward to flipping the calendar and moving on to 2017."