Durant leads Warriors to win

16 December 2017 04:18:59 GMTPlus11

Kevin Durant has been able to stretch his wings with Stephen Curry out with injury, taking over as the primary go to option for the Golden State Warriors.

Thursday the Warriors burst past the Dallas Mavericks 112-97 at Oracle Arena in the Bay Area, with Durant leading the way.

The 29-year-old small forward from Washington D.C scored a game high 36 points, while grabbing 11 rebounds and dishing out seven assists for a double-double for the contest.

The Warriors were without three of their main starters with Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Zaza Pachulia all sidelined with injuries, but the beaten-up roster hasn't slowed down Golden State.

The hosts have now won eight straight games and nine of their last ten contests.

With so many injuries for Golden State, Omir Casspi has stepped up for the Warriors, with the 29-year-old veteran from Holon, Israel pulling off his 17th career double-double by scoring 17 points and grabbing 11 rebounds, as well as dishing out two assists for the game.

The Mavs held strong in the first half, with the visitors standing tied with the Warriors at the half-time break. In defeat Dirk Nowitzki was solid, with the 39-year-old future Hall of Famer scoring a team high 18 points, while grabbing nine rebounds and passing out two assists.

The Mavericks will now head back to Texas to take on the Spurs on Saturday in San Antonio.

Dallas got the better of the Spurs earlier in the week when they hosted San Antonio and will be looking for a repeat performance.

Meanwhile, Golden State takes the weekend off before visiting Lonzo Ball and the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center.

The Warriors are 1.52 to win the Western Conference title and are 1.52 to retain the NBA Championship.

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