OAKLAND — With an easy, uncontested defensive rebound followed by a few dribbles and a simple pass to Klay Thompson for a 3 on the wing, Kevin Durant had it — his 10th rebound, 10th assist and first triple-double as a Warrior, completed midway through the third quarter.
You hardly even noticed.
It was a microcosm of Friday night in Oracle Arena. The Warriors didn’t feel dominant, but they dominated, methodically handling a bad Mavericks team, 108-99, made to sound closer by some mop-up buckets by Dallas.
The first quarter was even: 29-29. Well-coached and understanding of their limitations, the Mavericks slowed Golden State’s frantic pace, attacked some of the Warriors’ softer spots on defense and squeaked out to a brief early lead.
After a week of hearing about their turnover woes — from both inside and outside the building — the Warriors seemed to play a bit more conservative. Fewer risky passes, fewer full-throttle fastbreaks, smarter decisions but fewer highlights and huge runs.
Against a slow Mavericks team, they still got mostly clean looks. Steph Curry had 10 first quarter points. Durant had six, plus six rebounds and four assists. But their offense wasn’t at warp speed and had a few hiccups. Andre Iguodala clanged three early open 3s hard off different, strange parts of the rim. His shot looked way off.
But the Warriors settled into the game in the second quarter. Durant nailed a pair of 3s and had 14 at half. Draymond Green rumbled downcourt for an end-to-end slam, one of the game’s…
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