In what could be his final visit to Oracle Arena, Dirk Nowitzki made sure it was a memorable game, scoring a season-high 21 points to help Mavericks beat the Golden State Warriors 126-91 on Saturday night.
Luka Doncic had a triple-double and as Dallas Mavericks made full use of Stephen Curry’s absence. Nowitzki, 40, is in his 21st and perhaps final season with the Mavericks, got a rare start and a rousing ovation from the Oracle crowd. He came out all guns blazing asgainst the Warriors with 10 points in the game’s first 4 minutes, and the Mavs jumped out to a 22-7 lead.
“The last few games I didn’t have a good shooting rhythm,” Nowitzki said. “Today, I had it early and often.”
With Curry resting, Kevin Durant had 25 points and DeMarcus Cousins scored 19. But the Warriors were 4 for 30 from 3-point range, while the Mavs went 21 of 49 from behind the arc.
“We just couldn’t pull together after that slow start and we never could get any traction in the game,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “So we just kind of flush this one down the toilet and move on to tomorrow, not much else to do.”
Doncic had 23 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists and Dallas ended a 12-game losing streak in Oakland, where it last won in April 2012. The Mavs built their lead to 43 early in the final quarter.
Nowitzki scored his first NBA basket at Oracle Arena, which is closing after this season, and some of his career highs and lows also came in Oakland. In 2007, the Warriors shocked the 67-win Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs — prompting Nowitzki to throw something through the wall. The hole has never been repaired.
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