Klay Thompson, Warriors have symbiotic experience

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In his postgame comments Tuesday night, Klay Thompson said it felt good to be himself again.

Arguably his best performance since returning from a 30-month absence on Jan. 9, Thompson scored 15 points on 6 of 12 shooting, including 3 of 5 from three.

In striking parallelism, the Golden State Warriors also could say it felt good to be themselves again. In their 130-92 demolition of the Dallas Mavericks,  the Dubs’ offense looked like it did during the first quarter of the season. Their pace was uptempo. The elite ball movement they are known for was there, and they made their open shots.

The Warriors shot 53.4 percent and a respectable 39.5 percent from three. They also racked up 31 assists, and had a balanced scoring night with seven players in double figures for the first time since March of last year against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Here are more observations from the Warriors’ huge win over Dallas.

Bench Mob

The Warriors bench scored a season-high 71 points, eclipsing their previous mark of 59 against the Miami Heat. Jordan Poole steadied the second unit with 17 points. Poole was confident and decisive. He was aggressive with his shot while coinciding with the offense. Warriors’ coach Steve Kerr believes that the cohesion between the starters and the bench was all about simplicity.

“Just clean, moving the ball,” Kerr said. “Taking the open shots, not forcing anything. Making a couple of great moves to the basket, but then, moving the ball on. I thought everybody really did a good job of just spacing the floor and moving it on to the next guy. We got a lot of really good looks.”

Poole agrees.

“I think we played really good team ball tonight,” Poole said. “A lot of one-mores, a lot of extras, getting a lot of people in their spots and getting them good shots. We caught a rhythm pretty early  and it’s just kind of hard to stop us after that.”

Midrange Steph

Still stuck in his slump, Stephen Curry ended his night with 18 points on 7 of 16 shooting, 2 of 10 from deep. However,  he showed positive signs indicating a breakthrough. Curry got himself going early by hitting mid-range jumpers. Before the game, Curry made it a point to practice mid-range jumpers from various spots and situations. He made pull-ups and some tightly contested shots with former Warrior and player mentor/coach Leandro Barbosa guarding him.

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