The Dallas Mavericks got obliterated by the Golden State Warriors, 147-116, after a lifeless second half of basketball that saw the Warriors put up 73 points to the Mavericks’ 40. The defense was bad all night long, and when the three’s stopped dropping around the start of the second half, the offense came to the most grinding of halts. The Warriors’ 142.7 offensive rating tonight was the highest a Mavericks team has allowed in almost 13 years.
The stark contrasts between the two halves by the Mavericks, especially on the offensive end, means that many of the post-game statistics don’t really encapsulate how putrid the Mavericks, especially on defense. Here are five stats that try to do that, anyways.
40: Kelly Oubre Jr. gets a career high in points scored and a signature game
The Mavericks continued their trend this season of giving their opponents opportunities to put up career-high statistics. Oubre’s previous season-high was 23 points against the Lakers in January, and he’s famously been the only high-volume three-point shooter worse than Luka Doncic this season (23.1%). Never mind that, he said, as he shot 7-of-10 from behind the arc and 67% on 21 shots from the field. The Mavericks initially gifted him such shots owing to his poor shooting record, but the strategy ended up putting him in a Steph Curry-like rhythm.
42: The Mavericks and Warriors combined for the second most made three’s ever in a game.
I told you the statistics were going to be deceiving tonight. The Mavericks’ three-point performance was as lopsided as could be, with only five of their total 20 coming in the second half. They hit 15-of-29 attempts from the perimeter in the first half, which was primarily the reason they were still in the game, as the Warriors made 11 of their own at a 44% clip in the half. The problem was, as the Mavericks went ice cold in the second half, the Warriors kept hitting. Tim Hardaway Jr. and Kristaps Porzingis were the only players to make a three in the second half (other than a garbage time Cauley-Stein make), and Hardaway was 1-for-5.
34: The Warriors outscored the Mavericks by 34 points in the paint (50 to 16)
If this sounds bad, here are some qualifiers that make it sound a lot worse. The Warriors had only nine active players on the roster tonight, the tallest of whom was the 6’7 Draymond Green who played center for much of the contest. The Mavericks had all of their big men available, including Kleber and Powell who both had at least one game under their belt since being out due to COVID protocols. The number of wide open drives to the rim the Mavericks gave up was truly baffling, and on the offensive end Doncic settled for more mid-range, fadeaway-esque shots than he probably had all of last season. Sheesh.
15: Draymond Green becomes the third ever center to post 15 assists in a game.
This is a somewhat wonky club for Green to be a part of (with Wilt Chamberlain and Nikola Jokic), as he rarely plays center (outside of the Warriors playoff runs) and was only slotted in that spot due to the missing rookie James Wiseman and veteran Kevon Looney.
Green showed how valuable he is when it comes to generating efficient offense, and it comes in stark contrast to the Mavericks who for the most part only looked for their own shots.
0: The combined minute total of Curry and Green in the 4th quarter
All of these mind boggling numbers were put up by a Warriors team that didn’t even need to play their two best players for the entire fourth quarter. The Mavericks were down by 14 heading into the fourth, and the hope was they could close the gap somewhat to give Doncic and Porzingis a chance to climb out of the hole. What happened instead was that by the seven minute mark, when Curry and Green would generally check back in, the Warriors had actually built up to a 19 point lead, which Warriors coach Steve Kerr recognized by resting his MVP and all-star.