The last time the two teams met, the Golden State Warriors found themselves down 22 points at the end of the first quarter. It took an improved defensive effort from the team, and an exquisite performance by Stephen Curry for the Warriors to pull out the win, as Curry had a season-high 51 points in that game.
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This time round, both the Dallas Mavericks and the Warriors will be hoping for a different game. The Warriors will be hoping that they can continue their NBA-best 25-2 home record without much fuss, while the Mavericks will want to avoid such a monumental collapse again.
Over the past few games, Curry has reminded everyone of his importance to the team. Against the Boston Celtics, his 37 points were key as they fought back from a 26-point deficit. Curry’s three-pointers late in the fourth quarter against the Brooklyn Nets brought the team back to parity, only for the Nets’ Jarrett Jack to hit a late jumper to seal the win. And against the Milwaukee Bucks, Curry hit three consecutive three-point field goals in the fourth quarter to provide the team with a ten-point cushion, despite entering the fourth quarter with just seven points.
A Warrior that will be hoping for a much improved performance against Dallas is Klay Thompson. Firmly entrenched in a mid-season slump, Klay was seen out on the court practicing his shots after the game against the Bucks on Wednesday night.
Tale of the Tape
- Points per game: 110.1 (1st)
- Field-goal percentage: 47.7% (1st)
- Three-point percentage: 38.9% (1st)
- Defensive field-goal percentage: 42.6% (1st)
- Rebounds per game: 45.0 (T-5th)
- Turnovers: 14.2 (21st)
- Offensive efficiency: 109.5 (2nd)
- Defensive efficiency: 98.0 (1st)
- Points per game: 104.7 (4th)
- Field-goal percentage: 46.1% (5th)
- Three-point percentage: 35.1% (13th)
- Defensive field-goal percentage: 44.5% (14th)
- Rebounds per game: 42.3 (22th)
- Turnovers: 12.6 (3rd)
- Offensive efficiency: 107.8 (4th)
- Defensive efficiency: 102.5 (14th)
DAL: Chandler Parsons is out.
GOLDEN STATE (47-12)
- F Harrison Barnes (10.3 PPG)
- F Draymond Green (11.3 PPG)
- C Andrew Bogut (6.4 PPG)
- G Stephen Curry (23.8 PPG)
- G Klay Thompson (21.8 PPG)
- F Richard Jefferson (5.6 PPG)
- F Dirk Nowitzki (17.5 PPG)
- C Tyson Chandler (10.5 PPG)
- G Monta Ellis (19.2 PPG)
- G Rajon Rondo (8.9 PPG)
Tip-off: 7:30 PM PST
Location: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA