Oubre drops 40 as Warriors go small to crush Mavericks
DALLAS — Kelly Oubre Jr. scored a career-high 40 points, Stephen Curry had 28 and the Golden State Warriors went small in a runaway win, beating the Dallas Mavericks 147-116 on Thursday night.
Draymond Green had 11 points and a season-high 15 assists as a makeshift center, helping Golden State get by without using any player taller than 6-foot-7 forward Andrew Wiggins due to injuries. The Warriors outscored Dallas 54-36 in the paint and outrebounded the Mavs 45-42.
Golden State took control late in the third quarter after a floater by Tim Hardaway Jr. pulled the Mavericks within 93-91 with 5:52 left in the period. The Warriors went on a 17-4 run mixing outside shooting and attacks on the rim and led 110-96 after three.
With Curry and Green on the bench during the first half of the fourth quarter, Golden State went on a 17-7 run and eventually built a 27-point lead.
Luka Doncic led the Mavericks with 27 points. Kristaps Porzingis had 25, Hardaway added 19 and Jalen Brunson 18 off the bench. Dallas came off a Wednesday night win at Atlanta that snapped a six-game losing streak and has lost six straight home games.
The Warriors dressed nine players and played without both players who have started at center this season — James Wiseman (sprained left wrist) and Kevon Looney (sprained left ankle) — and also without power forward Eric Paschall (woke up Thursday with a swollen knee). Golden State used power forward Green the middle and turned to Juan Toscano-Anderson to make this third start up front and ninth appearance this season.
The 147 points were a season best for Golden State and the most allowed this year by Dallas.
Dallas led 76-74 at halftime, falling one point short of its high scoring half of the season while the Warriors set a season best for a half. The Mavericks tied a franchise record with 15 3-pointers in the first half.
Warriors: Oubre shot 7 for 10 behind the arc. ... Green fell one assist short of tying his career record.
Mavericks: Porzingis played back-to-back games for the second time in four opportunities this season in his return from knee surgery in October. ... Dallas began a seven-game homestand, its longest of the season’s first half.
The teams will meet again on Saturday night in Dallas.