By: Ben Leonard
It’s just been one of those seasons.
Even on a night when Stephen Curry was virtually absent, the Warriors dispatched the Dallas Mavericks 123-100. Curry has lead the Warriors all season long, leaving them just one win short of guaranteeing the NBA’s best record for the first time in 40 years. The star point guard scored just 11 points, but the Warriors did just fine without him.
His teammates picked him up, taking pages out of his book with hot shooting beyond the arc. Klay Thompson had 21 points on 5-10 shooting from long range, and guard Andre Igoudala chipped in 18 of his own, going 4-9 on three-point attempts. The team victory, with seven scoring in double figures, gave head coach Steve Kerr the record for wins by a rookie coach.
Even without Curry’s stabilizing presence, the squad got out to an eleven point halftime lead. It was a hard fought game, with lots of physical play from both sides. The Mavericks had a season-high 54 free throw attempts because the Warriors were called for 37 team fouls. One of them was a technical on assistant Jarron Collins, for his actions after Marresse Speights made a buzzer-beating half-court shot right before halftime. For this reason, Monta Ellis, a former Warrior, took a free throw to start the second period but could not convert. In another physical moment, Dallas point guard Rajon Rondo had to leave the game after running into Harrison Barnes while driving in the lane. Even Shaun Livingston got in on the action, getting called for a flagrant call after giving a low blow to Dirk Nowitzki.
No matter the circumstances, the Warriors will take the win, especially to take home court, although they’d prefer a less dirty win. They’ll have six more tune-up games before the playoffs start, the first of which happening on Sunday at San Antonio.
Writing courtesy of Ben’s work at Sports Radio Service