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Warriors secure win over Mavs, but continue to struggle with technicals

Mark Medina, The Mercury News on

Published in Basketball

OAKLAND, Calif. -- In recent days, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr stressed the need to end their recent struggles by exerting more energy. On Thursday morning, Warriors general manager Bob Myers outlined the importance in the team reducing its technical fouls

"Hopefully they remember it for more than five minutes," Myers said. "You never know. But seems like they were listening a little bit."

The Warriors listened about turning around their play. They have not listened enough yet about changing their behavior.

The Warriors secured a 121-103 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday at Oracle Arena by overcoming some of problems that ailed them in previous games, including inconsistent play, turnovers and yielding double-digit runs.

After Myers expressed concern about the Warriors' tendency to become demonstrative toward officials, Warriors forward Draymond Green collected his 14th technical of the season with 8:12 left in the second quarter. After Green did not get a call he wanted, Green dismissively waved his hand toward an official. Then a whistle blew. Green is two technicals away from serving a one-game suspension without pay.

"We all need to do a much better job of staying poised," Kerr said. "I don't like the look of the constant complaining, myself included."

The Warriors (42-13) played at least poised enough to secure a win against the Mavericks (17-38). After trailing by as many as 12 points, the Warriors put the game away late in the second half.

Warriors forward Kevin Durant nailed a 3-pointer at the top of the key before the third quarter ended for a 93-85 lead to cap off an 8-2 run. The Warriors then stretched the lead to 104-87 with 8:14 left in the fourth quarter, securing a 9-2 run that entailed Dallas missing its first four shots. The Warriors had plenty of balance from Durant (24 points), Stephen Curry (20), Klay Thompson (18), Green (12) and David West (10).

The Warriors did not always play as pretty. The Mavericks closed the first quarter with a 33-23 lead after going on a 14-2 run. By then, the Warriors already committed five turnovers before ultimately finishing with 20. Unlike in three of their previous four losses, the Warriors corrected their problems.

As for the Warriors' problems with the officiating? That remains a different story.

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