Doncic scores 39 points as short-handed Mavs pound Warriors

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SAN FRANCISCO — Luka Doncic scored 39 points and the short-handed Dallas Mavericks jumped on Golden State from the start to thump the Warriors 133-103 on Tuesday night.

Stephen Curry scored 27 points with five more 3-pointers, extending his NBA record for 3-pointers in a month to 90 in April after he reached 85 on Sunday night to pass James Harden’s 82 set in November 2019.

Tim Hardaway Jr. added 13 points and seven rebounds off the bench as the Mavericks led by as many as 43 and got 60 points from their reserves a night after losing 113-106 in Sacramento.

Just when the Warriors were determined to gain some momentum for the important stretch run, they delivered a dud and had their four-game home winning streak snapped.

The Warriors went 9 minutes, 40 seconds without scoring spanning the first and second quarters and were just 5 for 27 midway through the second quarter. That drought eventually led to a 47-16 hole.

Doncic shot 15 for 23 and added eight assists and six rebounds. Dallas has won seven of nine against Golden State and four in a row on the Warriors' home floor.

“If we were to win tonight I think we’d have a realistic chance of catching Dallas because we’d have the tiebreaker over them,” coach Steve Kerr said beforehand.

The Mavericks made nine of their initial 15 shots to go ahead 25-12 and force a Golden State timeout at the 4:58 mark of the first.

JJ Redick played seven minutes for the Mavericks after being questionable with soreness in his right heel. Boban Marjanovic was ejected with 2:39 left for a Flagrant 2 foul, raising his arms in the air at the crowd as he disappeared down the tunnel.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: C Kristaps Porzingis (sprained left ankle), G Josh Richardson (right hamstring tightness) and G Tyrell Terry (personal reasons) sat out. ... Dallas has won six of the last seven with Golden State and is shooting 45.3% (139 for 307) from 3-point range during that stretch.

Warriors: F Eric Paschall did more 3-on-3 work Tuesday and is scheduled to play 5-on-5 on Wednesday before the flight to Minneapolis. “We're hopeful that he'd be able to play at the end of the road trip — Houston or New Orleans,” Kerr said. ... G Gary Payton II has impressed Kerr: “We love Gary. He’s an elite defensive player. He’s someone who can come into the game and make an impact,” Kerr said. His second 10-day contract wraps up Wednesday. ... Golden State also won four in a row at home from Feb. 15-Mar. 14.

IMPACT FAN

The Warriors hosted Samba Guisse as their “Impact Warrior" for his everyday leadership in the community. A security guard for the Department of Public Works at the Civic Center/UN Plaza, Guisse stopped an attack on a 76-year-old Chinese woman last month on San Francisco’s bustling Market Street.

He was honoured during halftime for his courage and all he does on the job for others.

Guisse, 44 and originally from Senegal, insists it comes naturally and his family taught him these values.

“I just do it in my heart,” he said, not expecting any fanfare. “Each person should help everybody, it doesn't matter what race you are, you're white, Black, Asian. I wasn't expecting it was going to be like this. I've been in the job for a long time. I help people all the time.”

UP NEXT

Mavericks: At Detroit on Thursday night to face the Pistons for the second time in nine days.

Warriors: At Minnesota on Thursday night to begin a four-game road trip.

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Janie McCauley, The Associated Press