January 31, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Vince Carter (25, bottom) reaches for a loose ball against Golden State Warriors shooting guard Kent Bazemore (20, top) during the second quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Warriors Hold Off Mavericks for Slim Victory

Tonight, the Warriors got their sixth win in eight games. Without Stephen Curry again, Klay Thompson did a fine job filling in as he scored 27 points. Thompson has really been on a scoring binge the past couple of games. The Warriors, tonight, were able to get the best of Mavericks, winning 100-97.

In the first quarter, Andrew Bogut’s presence was shown on the first couple of buckets. He was able to get inside, rebound, block and make a statement. The Warriors are truly lucky to have him back in the rotation. In the early going, the Warriors and the Mavericks traded buckets. Behind some good defense, however, the Warriors were able to pull away to a 16-8 lead.

Unfortunately, it was immediately erased by the Mavericks, who took advantage of Klay Thompson’s 3 early fouls. At the end of the first, the score was 28-23 Warriors.

In the second quarter, the Warriors started off very strong. Again, they were able to pull up. Klay Thompson had 13 points to lead all scores. The Mavericks, however, called a timeout and tied the game at 48 apiece with 3 minutes remaining in the first half. The half time score was 55-53 Warriors lead.

The interesting thing about this game was that when the Mavericks made a push, the Warriors would pull further ahead. Then, the Mavericks called a timeout and make another push. Of course the Warriors would retaliate with their own run. This seemed to be the story of the game, and the Mavericks were never able to grab the lead.

Entering the second half, the Warriors were starting to pull away. Klay Thompson was on fire. He had the bench going crazy, much to the satisfaction of Stephen Curry. The Mavs, of course, went on a 9-0 run to close the quarter and found themselves down just by 1.

In the final period of the game, the Warriors and Mavericks traded baskets, but the Warriors never relinquished their lead. In fact, the Warriors started the quarter on a 12-0 run. The game was tied 92-92, but the Dubs were able to pull it out down the stretch resulting in a 100-97 victory.

Thompson finished with 27 points, while Lee had a monster 15 points, 20 rebounds, and 9 assists. Just short of a triple double once again.

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