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Warriors Drop Second-Straight Game in Thriller against Dallas, Lose 112-109.

On the second stop of their “Texas Triangle” road trip, the Golden State Warriors (12-4) were looking to bounce back from a tough loss and beat the Dallas Mavericks (6-8). The Warriors were still without Stephen Curry, but Draymond Green was also inactive, and would likely be out the next game as well while dealing with some foot soreness. Alfonzo McKinnie joined Green on the inactives list with foot soreness as well, so the Warriors were going to have their depth put to the test. The Mavericks were relatively healthy heading into the game, and this would be the first look the Warriors would get at their budding rookie star, Luka Doncic. When the game was over, the Dallas Mavericks had come out on top, winning 112-109.

DeAndre Jordan scored from the post to get the first quarter started for the Mavericks, and Klay Thompson nailed an elbow jumper to get the Warriors going. Luka Doncic made his first three of the game, and Klay answered back with a deep two. Doncic nailed another three from the exact same spot, and Kevin Durant got his first bucket of the night with a thunderous dunk in the halfcourt. Harrison Barnes made a mid range jumper, and Luka got to the line and made two free throws to give the Mavericks a six-point lead. Kevin Durant hit a mid range jumper in transition, and then he and Doncic traded baskets. Timeout was called after both teams had several empty possessions, and with 6:46 left in the quarter the Mavericks had a 14-10 lead. Dorian Finney-Smith got a tough layup to fall to get the scoring started again, and Dennis Smith Jr. followed it up with a globetrotters-like layup of his own to force a Warrior timeout. When timeout was called the Mavericks had an 18-10 lead with 5:05 left to go in the first. Kevin Durant got an impossibly-tough and-1 lay-in to fall to get the scoring started again, and Klay Thompson followed that up with a mid range jumper. Harrison barnes hit a jumper from the post to answer back, and he later went 1/2 at the line to give the Mavericks a six-point lead again. He then went 1/2 at the line again on the next possession before Damion Lee made the first three of the night for the Warriors. Luka Doncic got a layup to fall, and then Harrison Barnes made two technical free throws after both KD and Steve Kerr picked up technical fouls. KD made a pull-up jumper from mid range and Quinn Cook nailed a floater off the glass as the quarter ended. Luka Doncic led all scorers with 12 points on 12 points on 4/6 shooting, and Harrison Barnes also added eight points for the Mavs. Kevin Durant had 11 points on 5/6 shooting to lead the Warriors. After the first quarter the Mavericks had a 26-22 lead over the Warriors.

Dorian Finney-Smith opened up the second quarter with a three, and Steve Kerr called timeout with 11:27 left in the quarter and the Mavericks leading 29-22. Damion Lee nailed a corner three to start the scoring after the timeout for the Warriors, and the two teams traded two-point jumpers before Klay Thompson made his first three of the night to pull the Warriors within three points. Shaun Livingston had a spectacular sequence on both ends where he blocked a shot and made his signature mid range baseline jumper. Klay Thompson then made a deep two to give the Warriors their first lead of the night and force a timeout from Dallas. When timeout was called with 8:38 to play the Warriors had a 34-33 lead. Quinn Cook started the scoring with a three, and Quinn Cook hit another jumper before JJ Barea scored the Mavs’ first points after the timeout. Shaun Livingston answered right back with a jumper and Damion lee made another three to force another Dallas timeout. When timeout was called with 6:27 left in the half the Warriors had a 44-37 lead. Harrison Barnes made a technical free throw to get the scoring started again, and DeAndre Jordan got a tough shot to fall to cut the Warrior lead to four points. Kevin Durant got the Warriors going with a pull-up mid range jumper, and Harrison Barnes responded with a touch bucket from the post. DeAndre Jordan got a tough shot to fall from under the hoop and the lead was down to just two points. Steve Kerr called timeout with 3:39 left to play and the Warriors leading 46-44. Kevin Durant got the scoring started again by going 2/2 from the line, and Harrison Barnes responded by going 1/2 at the line again. DeAndre Jordan got to the line for the Mavs and made both of his attempts. Shaun Livingston nailed a classic pull-up jumper after an offensive rebound from Kevon Looney, and Andre Iguodala scored on a nice finger-roll on the next possession. Dennis Smith Jr. got a layup to fall and Klay returned the favor on the other end. Doncic nailed a flip-shot and KD answered back with a ridiculously-tough and-1 layup. Harrison Barnes nailed a step-back three, and Shaun Livingston answered back with two free throws. Dennis Smith Jr. bottomed a deep three for the last bucket of the half. When the halftime buzzer sounded the Warriors led the Mavericks, 59-57.

Kevin Durant led all scorers with 18 points on 7/10 shooting, and more importantly, he looked like himself again. Klay Thompson was the next-highest scorer for the Warriors with 13 points on 6/13 shooting. The bench was incredible for the Warriors, scoring a combined 26 points. That group was headlined by Damion Lee with 11, Shaun Livingston with eight, and Quinn Cook with seven. Kevon Looney was also feasting on the offensive glass for the Warriors, which shouldn’t go unmentioned. As a team the Warriors shot a combined 53.3% (24/45) from the floor and 33.3% (5/15) from three. The Mavericks were led by Harrison Barnes with 15 points (6/9 from the FT line), and Luke Doncic had 14 as well. DeAndre Jordan added eight points and Dennis Smith Jr. had seven of his own. The Mavericks shot a combined 45.7% (21/46) from the floor, and 26.3% (5/19) from three.

Harrison Barnes made a fadeaway to get the scoring started in the third quarter, and Dorian Finney-Smith got a fast break layup to fall to give the Mavericks a lead. Kevin Durant made a mid range fadeaway to get the Warriors started, and Andre Iguodala followed up with a mid range jumper of his own. KD got to the line and made both his attempts, Klay leaned into a foul and made both free throws. Dennis Smith Jr. got himself to the line for the Mavs and went 1/2 before knocking down a tough and-1 layup to cut the lead back down to three points. KD made a technical free throw, and DeAndre Jordan answered back with a powerful dunk to cut the lead to two. Timeout was then called with 6:30 to go in the third and the Warriors leading 68-66. Jerebko got the scoring started with a flip-shot after his own offensive rebound, but Harrison Barnes answered with a mid range jumper. Dennis Smith Jr. got to the line and wet 1/2 to cut the lead to one point, but Quinn Cook responded with a corner three that hit nothing but the bottom of the net. DeAndre Jordan got to the line and went 1/2, nailed another three. Quinn’s sharpshooting forced a timeout from Dallas with 4:19 remaining and the Warriors leading 76-70. Shaun Livingston knocked down a mid range jumper after grabbing an offensive board to start the scoring and give the Warriors and eight-point lead, their largest to that point. Dennis Smith Jr. responded with a three, and Luka Doncic knocked down a bank shot to cut the lead to three. KD got an incredible layup to fall, the Mavs responded with a quick two, but KD nailed a mid range jumper in response. Harrison Barnes went 1/2 from the free throw line, again, and Doncic got a tough shot to fall from around the rim to cut the lead to two points. Damion Lee knocked down two free throws, and JJ Barea knocked down an elbow jumper in response. The quarter came to a close with KD knocking down two free throws to give the Warriors a four-point lead and Dennis Smith Jr. failing to know down his two free throws. Kevin Durant led all scorers with 29 points on 10/17 shooting, and four other Warriors were in double figures. Klay had 15, Damion Lee had 13, Quinn Cook had 13, and Shaun Livingston had 10. Harrison Barnes led the Mavericks with 20 points, and Luka Doncic was close behind with 18 of his own. Dennis Smith Jr. had 14 and DeAndre Jordan had 11. The Warriors were shooting a combined 47.8% (32/67) from the floor and 26.9% (7/26) from three while the Mavericks were a combined 47.7% 31/65) from the floor and 27.3% (6/22) from three. After the third quarter the Warriors had a 86-82 lead.

Shaun Livingston threw down a dunk off of a beautiful pass from Quinn Cook to get the fourth quarter started. Cook then knocked down a mid range jumper on the next possession to get the lead back up to eight, but Finney-Smith knocked down a corner three in response. Damien Jones got a nice lay-in for his first points of the night, and Devin Harris went 2/3 at the line for the Mavs. Harris knocked down a three on the next possession to cut the lead back down to two points, and Dwight Powell then got an and-1 layup to fall, which gave the Mavericks a one-point lead. Jonas Jerebko nailed a corner three in transition to get the lead back for the Warriors. Klay Thompson knocked down a turnaround jumper from the elbow to extend the lead to four points, but JJ Barea knocked down a three from the logo. Klay knocked down a corner three in response, and forced a Dallas timeout with 6:12 remaining and the Warriors leading 100-96. JJ Barea got a tough layup to fall off the glass to get the scoring started again, and Klay Thompson threw down a dunk in response. Harrison Barnes nailed a three and the lead was down to one again. Andre Iguodala threw down a lob off of a missed Kevin Durant runner, and Luka Doncic grabbed his own offensive rebounds for a tip-in. Kevin Durant responded with a mid range jumper. Timeout was called with 2:34 left in the game and the Warriors leading 106-103. DeAndre Jordan got the scoring started with two free throws, Andre Iguodala threw down a dunk, and Luka Doncic got the Mavericks a one-point lead with a tough hook shot. Steve Kerr called timeout after Durant got fouled on offense, so with 28.6 seconds left in the game the Mavericks had a 109-108 lead. Durant missed the potential go-ahead jumper, the Warriors fouled Dorian Finney-Smith and he went 1/2 from the line to put the Mavericks up 110-108. Steve Kerr called timeout with 12.9 seconds left to try and diagram a play to get the Warriors a win. Klay Thompson missed a mid range jumper to tie the game, so the Warriors had to foul Luka Doncic, who went 2/2 from the line to grab a four-point lead with six seconds left. Harrison Barnes then fouled KD, and he went 1/2, and the Warriors didn’t do anything with the offensive rebound, so the Mavericks won the game 112-109.

Luka Doncic finished as the leading scorer for the Dallas Mavericks with 24 points on 9/20 shooting. He also grabbed nine rebounds and dished out four assists. Harrison Barnes finished with 23 points on 7/14 shooting (7/11 from the line) with eight rebounds. Dennis Smith Jr. finished with 14 points on 5/12 shooting with six assists. DeAndre Jordan, Dorian Finney-Smith, and JJ Barea all had 13 points each. Six different Mavericks had more than 10 points. As a team the Mavericks shot a combined 46.5% (40/86) from the floor, 29.4% (10/34) from three, and 64.7% (22/34) from the charity stripe.

Kevin Durant finished as the leading scorer for the Warriors with 31 points on 11/24 shooting. He also grabbed four rebounds and dished out three assists. Klay Thompson added 22 points on 9/24 shooting with three rebounds, four assists, and two steals. While they did combine for 53 points, they also combined to go 2/15 from three, so their struggles from deep have not gone away. Quinn Cook was great off the bench with 15 points. Damion Lee was also fantastic off the bench with 13 points, and Shaun Livingston had 12 as well. Jonas Jerebko was everywhere for the Warriors, and finished the game with five points, four assists, and 10 rebounds. The Warriors bench combined for 47 points, which was very impressive. As a team the Warriors shot a combined 44.7% (42/94) from the floor, 27.3% (9/33) from three, and 94.1% (16/17) from the line.

The Warriors didn’t play a bad game, in fact they probably should have won this game, but sometimes these games just don’t break your way. The Warriors looked like themselves again though, as much as they can look like themselves without Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, but they were all playing hard and competing again. There isn’t much to be concerned about for the Warriors in terms of actual basketball right now, Klay and KD’s three-point shooting slumps will end, and when they end they will go berzerk simply because that’s how the law of averaged works.

A loss is a loss, and you should never like to lose, but at the end of the day this is a meaningless game in the middle of November for the Warriors.

For the Mavericks, this was huge, they have now won five of their last six games, and Luka Doncic has been playing as well as any rookie in the league. His numbers through the first 15 games of his career are so good that they have only seen matched by two other players, Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson. He looks like a surefire pick to win Rookie of the Year and to become a star in the league. This Mavericks team is pretty fun this year, and he is at the forefront of it.

The Golden State Warriors play next on Sunday, November 18, in San Antonio against the Spurs at 4:00 p.m.

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