Klay Thompson has 29- (17 in third period) as Warriors outduel Mavericks 108-99

By JonathanMcCorkell
Dec. 31, 2016

With the win tonight the Golden State Warriors (29-5) finished the 2016 calendar year with a 72-12 record, the exact same as their record in 2015 calendar year campaign. Only the 1996 Chicago Bulls had a better calendar year- 1996 with a 74-11 record. 

The back-to-back 72 win years represent the consistency of the squad and this season's most consistent aspect has been assisted baskets. The first quarter against the Dallas Mavericks (10-24) tonight was another example of this. The Warriors made 13 field goals and nine of them came off passes (Kevin Durant 4, Draymond Green3). 

Also in the first quarter Warriors pushed the tempo, resulting in a 10-0 advantage in fast break points. Stephen Curry had 11 points in the opening period, but despite the advantage the Warriors and Mavericks were tied at 29 each after one. 

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In the second quarter the Warriors much maligned bench stepped up to build a eight point lead on a 15-4 Warrior run at 46-38 with just under 7 minutes left. Shaun Livingston and David West each had 6 points during the run. With five minutes left in the half Draymond Green hit a three-pointer off a Klay Thompson pass to open up a 10-point lead at 51-41. The lead was extended to 16 points thanks to a trey from Thompson and Durant but Dallas closed it to 11 for a halftime score 59-48 Dubs. In the half Durant had 14 points followed by Curry with 11. The Warriors had 17 assists on 25 made field goals and led the fast break points 16-0. The Warriors made 6 treys in the half:

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In the third period the Warriors opened with a 12-6 run thanks to stifling defense and fast break opportunities, which they led 20-2 with a 71-54 lead at about 7 minutes left in the period. Klay Thompson exploded for 17 points on 5/6 FGand 2/2 FT in the quarter. The only thing that slowed him down was JaVale McGee with a pair of back-to-back lob dunks. The Warriors entered the final period leading 91-69 and they never looked back. 

Kevin Durant had a triple-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists heading into the final period. He finished with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 dimes(7/12 FG, 2/6 3PT, 2/2 FT). 

With about 9 minutes left the Warriors secured their 23 game of the season with 30 or more assists, which is remarkable in that there are currently 8 teams in the NBA that have zero games with 30+ assists in a single contest.  

Klay Thompson finished with 29 points, leading all scorers on 10/14 FG, 5/10 3PT, 2/2 FT). Curry had 14 points with 5 ast, 1 steal, Draymond Green had 13 points with 8 reb and 7 ast. JaVale McGee had 8 points in 10 minutes. Ian Clark had 7, West had 8 and Livingston had 6. Defensively the Warriors limited the Mavs to 41% shooting. 

The Warriors next game is Jan. 2 at Oracle against the Denver Nuggets, 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time. 

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