BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER
After trailing most of the game, the Warriors chased down Dallas in the third quarter Saturday night, holding off the Mavericks 120-116 at Oracle behind a career-high 23 points off the bench from Jonas Jerebko.
Dallas jumped out to 31-28 lead at the end of the first quarter behind 14 points from Luka Dončić, the presumptive NBA Rookie of the Year. But Golden State never trailed by more than nine points in spite of a balanced Mavs attack that saw seven players score in double figures.
Jerebko (10-12) was once again the spark off the bench as the Warriors finally took the lead at 82-81 with just over three minutes remaining in the third. Golden State stretched the lead to 111-93 before Dallas staged a furious rally, outscoring the Warriors 23-6 to close to within point in the final minute before Kevin Durant drained a 27 footer with just 16 seconds remaining to seal the win.
Durant added 29 points and 12 rebounds, while Steph Curry (7-22) pitched in 22 on an off night. Draymond Green added 14 points and 10 rebounds. Wesley Matthews led Dallas with 25 and Dončić added 19. DeAndre Jordan had a season high 23 rebounds for the Mavs.
After the game, Warriors coach Steve Kerr raved about Jerebko. “He made a whole bunch of shots. He shot the ball really well, and got a lot of offensive boards. He had four of them and a couple of tip-ins. Several plays that just got the crowd into it with his hustle. He gave us a huge lift off the bench. A great night for him.”
Jerebko added, “Just trying to crash the glass and run the floor. My teammates found me early, so I felt good. This is a very accomplished team so I am just trying to fit in where I can and do whatever it takes. If it’s rebounds, playing defense or knocking down open shots, just crashing the glass hard and doing all the little things.
The Warriors return to the Oracle court tomorrow night for a 5:30pm matchup with the Los Angeles Clippers, before preparing for a Christmas Day showdown with the Los Angeles Lakers in what will be LeBron James first visit to Oakland in the purple and gold.
The Warriors extended their winning streak at Oracle Arena against the Mavericks to 12 consecutive games .
With 120 points Saturday, Golden State is now 12-1 (.923) this season when scoring 120 or more.
With 15 made three-point baskets (on 43 attempts), Golden State is now 10-0 when making 15-plus shots from three.
Golden State improved to 14-3 this season in games that Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompsonplayed together.