The win streak continues to grow for the Golden State Warriors, jumping early on the Dallas Mavericks before letting go, winning 105-98 behind another great performance from Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.
The Warriors ended the first quarter with a 39-18 lead, and didn’t need any typical third quarter collapse from the Mavericks to finish with the victory. Curry led the way with 29 points despite hitting just 9-of-22 from the field and 3-of-11 from beyond the arc, adding 8 assists to his overall body of work. Thompson scored 25 points being a bit more accurate, hitting 5-of-11 from beyond the arc. Draymond Green continues his transformation into an offensive juggernaut, scoring 20 points.
The Mavericks did eventually get some points on the board, but the trend of what happens to them when they don’t get to 100 points continues. They shot just 40.4% from the field and 20% from beyond the arc. Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis playing well seems to be the given, as the two combined to score 47 points. Having Richard Jefferson in the lineup (13 points, 13 rebounds) instead of Chandler Parsons was the real blow.
On such a bad game, the biggest moment for the Mavericks came from Tyson Chandler, who made his best defensive play of the night by blocking a shoe. With the Warriors on the break and Marreese Speights losing his shoe, Stepehn Curry tried to get it to him. Chandler, realizing he has a chance to stop the attack, swatted the helpful attempt between Warriors teammates. That was the loudest moment of cheering from the Dallas crowd in the game, among all the confusing looks it drew.
When I was on the wing, and I saw the shoe, and I immediately thought about my ankles, so I thought, ‘I got to pick that up before I try to make that move. On the other transition, when he went to go get his shoe back, but Tyson thought um, otherwise, I guess. I’ve never seen that happen before.
The Golden State Warriors having the best record in the NBA (20-2) and going on a 15-game winning streak wouldn’t have been possible without some bad teams in their way, but this isn’t a case of a soft schedule. The Warriors have gone 7-2 against teams at .500 or better, the best record in the league.
They are now the 12th team in NBA history to start the season with a 20-2 or better record through 22 games. Seven of the previous 11 made the NBA finals, and six of them won the NBA title. The last team to achieve it were the Boston Celtics in 2008.