Thompson's fast start leads Warriors past Mavericks, 116-95

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry shoots against the Dallas Mavericks during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Klay Thompson hit his first seven shots and scored 18 of his 20 points in the first quarter, and the Golden State Warriors cruised past the undermanned Dallas Mavericks 116-95 on Wednesday night.

Kevin Durant led Golden State with 28 points, Stephen Curry added 24 and Draymond Green had 16 points and 10 rebounds as the Warriors used their outside shooting to build a 19-point lead in the first quarter and never looked back.

Harrison Barnes scored 25 points to lead Dallas in his first game against the Warriors since leaving as a free agent last summer.

Thompson had been in a bit of a shooting slump to start the season, making just 11 of 53 3-pointers in the first seven games. But he returned to form from the start in this one. He hit four of Golden State's eight 3s in the opening quarter during a span of just more than 2 minutes.

Durant got going after that and extended the lead to 67-34 in the final minute of the first half with his own shot from long range.

The Mavericks managed to cut the deficit to 13 early in the fourth quarter but never really threatened Golden State the rest of the way.
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