The Golden State Warriors got back on the right track by easing past the Dallas Mavericks 120-116 on Saturday night.
It was a close contest throughout, but it was the Warriors’ star power that proved to be too much. This effort was led by All-Star forward Kevin Durant notching a game-high 29 points on 9-of-18 shooting from the floor including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc in what was the best bet performance. Durant was effective from distance knocking down a pair of 3-pointers from the left wing and one from the right one.
He was also highly efficient from the paint going 4-of-6 from that zone. Durant has been one of the most productive and reliable scorers in the league. His production can be counted upon on a nightly basis. He is one of their driving forces in any given game.
Meanwhile, All-Star point guard Stephen Curry has put together another strong outing with 22 points on 7-of-22 shooting from the floor and 6-of-17 from beyond the arc. Curry did most of his damage by hitting a pair of 3-pointers from each wing spot. He has been a consistent factor from distance as he has notched four straight 20-point outings along with nailing three or more 3-pointers in each of those contests.
The combination of Curry and Durant have been arguably the most dependable scoring duo in the league and ones that Hoopit users can count on every single game. They have each proven to be highly effective scorers along with being huge threats from 3-point range.
This contest also featured a strong outing from swingman Jonas Jerebko pouring out a bench-high 22 points on 10-of-12 shooting from the floor and 2-of-4 from beyond the arc. This saw the bulk of his production coming from the paint as he made all five of his attempts near the rim. Jerebko’s production has fluctuated throughout the season, but he has picked it up over the last couple of games with 15 or more points in two out of the last three contests.
All-Star guard Klay Thompson has a quiet game with 14 points on 6-of-15 shooting from the floor including 0-for-5 from distance. He has typically proven to be a strong scoring asset, especially from beyond the arc.
This marked the fifth straight loss for the Mavericks, but it did feature a couple of encouraging performances. Guard Wesley Matthews poured in a team-high 25 points on 9-of-15 shooting including hitting 7-of-11 from distance. Matthews hit a pair of 3-pointers from each wing spot and the top of the arc.
Matthews has had his production fluctuate throughout the year, but he has largely been a primary offensively factor for the Mavericks this year behind his 3-point shooting. Meanwhile, rookie Luka Doncic poured in 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting including 3-of-6 from deep. Doncic hit a pair from the left wing and went 4-of-7 from the paint.
He has been their driving force offensive behind his consistent production on a nightly basis. Doncic can be counted on as their best bet option every single night.