Warriors walk over undermanned Mavericks
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Klay Thompson poured in 18 of his 20 points in the first eight minutes of the game Wednesday night as the Golden State Warriors spoiled homecoming for Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut with a 116-95 shellacking of the undermanned Dallas Mavericks.
Facing the Warriors for the first time since leaving as a free agent in the offseason, Barnes matched his best point total at Oracle Arena with 25 points, hitting 8 of 20 shots. He also found time for eight rebounds.
Bogut, who was dealt to Dallas in a cost-cutting move by Golden State in July, was one of six Mavericks either being rested or injured.
Dallas, which opened a four-game trip with a 109-97 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night, suited up just nine players.
The Warriors needed only three of their own for a while, with just Thompson (18 points), Kevin Durant (eight) and Draymond Green (eight) scoring in the first period as Golden State built a 34-15 lead.
Thompson scored 18 of the Warriors' first 23 points, almost single-handedly building a 23-13 lead that paved the way for Golden State's sixth win in eight games.
Stephen Curry, coming off a record-setting 3-point-shooting night Monday against New Orleans, eventually got into the act. He hit four more threes as the Warriors scorched the nets from beyond the arc, burying 17 of 33 (51.5 percent).
Curry, who finished with 24 points and a team-high six assists, was going head-to-head with younger brother Seth for just the fourth time in their NBA careers. Seth Curry missed 13 of 17 shots but managed 10 points and a game-high nine assists for the Mavericks.
Durant led the Warriors with 28 points, hitting 4 of 7 3-pointers. He completed a double-double with 10 rebounds.
Thompson went 7-for-7 from the field and 4-for-4 on threes in his early burst, finishing 8 of 13 from the field and 4 of 7 on threes. Green did a majority of his scoring from beyond the arc (4-for-6) on a 16-point, 10-rebound night.
The Warriors shot 58.1 percent from the field.
Justin Anderson scored 16 points and Dwight Powell 14 for the Mavericks, who made the trip without Dirk Nowitzki (sore Achilles) and Deron Williams (strained calf).
Powell also had a team-high nine rebounds, while Anderson accumulated eight rebounds and seven assists for Dallas, which had won two in a row.
Besides Bogut, the Mavericks also rested veterans J.J. Barea and Wesley Matthews. That trio of starters had combined for 29 points in Tuesday's win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Durant scored 11 points and Curry his first 10 in the second quarter, during which the Warriors opened up a 67-34 advantage.
Led by Barnes and Powell, the Mavericks rallied back to respectability in the third period. They used a 29-11 run to get within 78-65 with 13 1/2 minutes to play.
Barnes and Powell scored eight points apiece in the third quarter, during which Dallas outscored Golden State 32-17.
The Mavericks were still within 13, 88-75, in the third minute of the final period before the Warriors' Curry dropped in a floater and a 33-footer, helping Golden State rebuild a 20-point advantage before coasting home.
The Mavericks finished the game at 39.5 percent from the field and made just 6 of 28 3-point attempts.
NOTES: Warriors coach Steve Kerr disclosed his club had a team meeting on Wednesday morning in the wake of Tuesday's presidential election. "You walk in and see the faces of your players, most of them who have been insulted directly as minorities. It's sort of shocking," he said. "The whole process has just left all of us, I think, feeling just kind of disgusted and disappointed." ... Mavericks SF Harrison Barnes has scored at least 31 points in three of his eight games for Dallas. He never scored more than 30 in 307 games with the Warriors. ... The Warriors made the playoffs all four seasons Barnes and C Andrew Bogut were on the roster together. The team had missed the postseason in five consecutive seasons before taking Barnes with the seventh overall pick of the 2012 draft. ... The head-to-head between brothers Stephen and Seth Curry was the fourth of their NBA careers. Stephen had outscored his brother 19-9, 23-7 and 38-0 in the first three, all last season.