OAKLAND – The Warriors were quick to extend a hand to David Lee upon his return to Oracle Arena.
They were relatively slow to hang a defeat on their former teammate and his new team.
Pushing their home record to 34-0 and their overall win streak at Oracle to 52, the Warriors outlasted Lee and the Dallas Mavericks to post a 128-120 victory before a sellout crowd (19,596) Friday night.
Splash Brothers Klay Thompson (game-high 40 points) and Stephen Curry (33) combined for 73 points to power the offense. Draymond Green tossed in 19 points, as the Warriors shot 48.9 percent from the field (46.7 from deep) to offset a 51-40 rebounding deficit.
The Warriors (65-7) drained 21 3-pointers, giving them 938 this season, surpassing the record 933 set last season by Houston.
They needed all of that to put away a depleted Dallas team, playing without Dirk Nowitizki, Deron Williams, Chandler Parsons and Devin Harris. The Mavs rallied late behind Wesley Matthews and Charlie Villanueva to make things interesting.
Lee was making his first trip to Oracle since being traded from the Warriors last summer. He received his championship ring in a pregame ceremony and started at forward, totaling 12 points, nine rebounds and six assists.
The Mavericks, among five teams battling for the last four postseason berths in the Western Conference, fell to 35-37.
This one must be shared by the All-Stars, as Curry and Thompson and Green all submitted strong performances.
Thompson’s line: 40 points (13-of-25 shooting, 9-of-16 from deep) and five rebounds. He was plus-12 for the game.
Curry’s line: 33 points (9-of-18 shooting, 5-of-12 from beyond the arc), eight assists, eight rebounds and four steals. He was plus-15.
Green’s line: 19 points (7-of-11, 3-of-5), 10 assists, seven rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots. He was plus-15.
After a J.J. Barea 3-pointer pulled the Mavericks within six (55-49) with 4:35 left in the second quarter, the Warriors went on a 17-9 run to close out the half with a 72-58 lead.
Curry drilled a 3-point bomb, officially measured at 33 feet, with less than a second remaining in the half to punctuate the rally.
Though Dallas came within three in the second half (116-113, 3:19 remaining), the Warriors pulled away yet again with a 12-7 run to secure the win .
Warriors: F Andre Iguodala (L ankle sprain), C Festus Ezeli (L knee surgery) and F Kevon Looney (R hip soreness) were listed as out.
Mavericks: F Dirk Nowitzki (rest), G Deron Williams (abdominal strain) and F Jeremy Evans (R shoulder surgery) were listed as out. F Chandler Parsons (R knee arthroscopic surgery) and G Devin Harris (new father) are not with the team.
The Warriors return to action Easter Sunday afternoon, when they play host to the Philadelphia 76ers at Oracle Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:10.