The Warriors needed a win and got it in a big way on Saturday night against the Dallas Mavericks. Despite the unfortunate injury to star player Steph Curry, the Warriors still managed to pull out a 119-113 victory. With contributions from stars and lesser known players, the Warriors were able to remain balanced and rely on their bench to get the job done.
The Warriors started big, inserting center Kevon Looney into the starting lineup for Jordan Poole. Looney rewarded coach Steve Kerr right away with a rebound and layup to open the scoring. When Kerr turned to his bench, he immediately went small with Donte DiVincenzo replacing Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole entering for Looney. Looney played 19 minutes, scored 10 points, grabbed seven rebounds and was clutch down the stretch. Poole saw 27 minutes and scored only three points. He went 1-for-6 from the field and had more turnovers (four) than points.
The Warriors had a balanced attack with seven players scoring in double figures and no one forced to wear a superhero cape. Draymond Green and JaMychal Green each scored 17 and 14 points respectively. The bench added 48 points with JaMychal Green leading the way with 14 points, plus Donte DiVincenzo and Jonathan Kuminga each scoring 13.
It was a great win for the Warriors and a reminder that even without Steph Curry, they can still get the job done. Now all eyes are on the MRI result to see how long Curry will be out and if the Warriors can keep their winning streak alive.