Instant Replay: Bench nets 59, Warriors crush Mavericks

Instant Replay: Bench nets 59, Warriors crush Mavericks
March 11, 2014, 9:45 pm
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Jordan Crawford scored 19 points (his highest total as a Warrior) on 8-for-12 shooting. He dished out two assists and committed zero turnovers. (USATI)


OAKLAND – The Warriors continued their impressive run Tuesday night, blasting the Dallas Mavericks 108-85 before a sellout crowd at Oracle Arena.

The Warriors (41-24) have won five consecutive games and are 10-2 since the All-Star break. They are 17 games over .500 for the first time since 2008.

Contributions were spread across the board, with 11 players entering the scoring column, led by Andrew Bogut's 15 points. Klay Thompson had 14 points and Stephen Curry put in 10 in 22 minutes.

Jordan Crawford put on a fabulous shooting display during a 14-point first half, finishing with a game-high 19 in 23 minutes. Harrison Barnes added 13.

With a 79-57 lead after three quarters – and crucial game against the Clippers on Wednesday in Los Angeles – Warriors coach Mark Jackson rested his starters for all but a few minutes of the fourth.

The win puts the Warrior a full three games ahead of Dallas (38-27) in the Western Conference playoff race.

David Lee grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds but scored only 6 points, which may have been the tradeoff for doing such a solid job defending Dallas star Dirk Nowitzki, who finished with 12 points. Ex-Warrior Monta Ellis led the Mavs with 15.

STANDOUT PERFORMER: Bogut (15 points, 10 rebounds) and Crawford had the most impressive statistical lines, combining to make 15 of 21 shots. Crawford made 6-of-7 shots in the first half.

TURNING POINT: After the Mavericks raced out to a 16-8 lead, Jackson called a time out. Whatever he did or said was effective, as the Warriors responded with a 21-6 run to finish the quarter with a 29-22 lead.

Behind a streak-shooting Crawford, the margin grew to 18 (45-27) 6:58 before halftime. Crawford played 8 minutes in the quarter, scoring 12 points.

The Warriors maintained a double-digit lead for all but 73 seconds of the second half, as Dallas never got closer than nine.

With 2:47 remaining in the first half, Mavericks forward Shawn Marion's shot attempt was rejected by Andre Iguodala. Curry grabbed the ball and raced the other way, taking a 3-point shot that missed but was dunked by none other than Iguodala.

INJURY UPDATE: C Festus Ezeli (right knee surgery) is out indefinitely.

WHAT'S NEXT: The Warriors left immediately after the game for Los Angeles, where on Wednesday night they will face the division-leading Clippers in the season-series finale. The Warriors have won two of the three previous meetings, taking both games in Oakland.

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