OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry had 22 points and seven assists, Klay Thompson scored 16 points and the Golden State Warriors beat the Dallas Mavericks 104-89 on Friday night.
Curry wasn’t as dominant as he was earlier this year when he scored a season-high 51 points against the Mavericks, but Golden State’s All-Star point guard was still effective. He scored 16 points in the first half when the Warriors (48-12) began to pull away and finished with five of his team’s 11 3-pointers.
Draymond Green added 18 points and nine rebounds, and Shaun Livingston had 10 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for Golden State.
The West-leading Warriors have won 48 games in back-to-back seasons for only the second time in franchise history.
Rajon Rondo had 14 points and six assists for Dallas.
The Mavericks (40-24) didn’t have Rondo when Curry torched the Mavs in February, though it hardly mattered. Rondo struggled keeping up with the quicker Curry and had trouble fighting through Golden State’s multiple screens.
Even when Dallas closed out to stifle Curry, he kept the Warriors rolling by finding teammates cutting the lane or waiting to shoot from the perimeter.
Golden State led by as much as 27 in the fourth quarter, then coasted to its NBA-leading 34th double-digit win.
Harrison Barnes scored 12 points with six rebounds for the Warriors, while Marreese Speights added 12 points.
Dallas, playing the second half of a back-to-back, couldn’t keep up. The Mavs did early, but ran out of gas down the stretch.
They also lost their cool a few times. Dirk Nowitzki and Tyson Chandler were hit with technical fouls, both for arguing foul calls.
Curry scored Golden State’s first eight points. He also went 4 of 7 from beyond the arc in the first half to help the Warriors to a 52-40 lead at the break.
The Warriors pushed their lead to 74-55 on Thompson’s baseline drive midway through the third.
Mavericks: Devin Harris did not play due to a right hand injury, but the team does not think it’s serious. … Dallas coach Rick Carlisle remains one victory shy of tying Dick Motta for the second-most wins in franchise history. Carlisle has 328. … Chandler Parsons (left ankle) sat out his seventh straight game.
Warriors: Golden State has won six straight against Dallas for the first time since 1996-97. … Klay Thompson has 725 career 3-pointers, one shy of the total by Warriors coach Steve Kerr during his 15-year NBA career. … Speights was called for a technical foul for running into Amare Stoudamire after scoring on a dunk.
Mavericks: at Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.
Warriors: host Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.
This article was written by Michael Wagaman from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.