NBA: Warriors avenge Mavericks defeat as Thompson shines

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (right) shooting the ball over Dallas Mavericks centre JaVale McGee in Oakland on Jan 27, 2016.
Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (right) shooting the ball over Dallas Mavericks centre JaVale McGee in Oakland on Jan 27, 2016.PHOTO: EPA

(AFP) - Klay Thompson outshone team-mate Steph Curry as the Golden State Warriors avenged last month's loss to the Dallas Mavericks with an emphatic 127-107 victory on Wednesday.

Thompson poured on 45 points and five rebounds in a superb display as the Warriors romped home against one of only four teams to defeat them this season.

The Mavericks had beaten a Curry-less Warriors line-up in Dallas last month, winning 114-91 in a rare off- night for the reigning NBA Champions.

But with Thompson in blistering form and Curry restored to the line-up on Wednesday, there was never much chance of the Mavericks pulling off a repeat victory.

The Warriors surged into a double-digit lead in the first quarter and kept the Mavs at bay thereafter as they extended their unbeaten home record to 21-0 this season, 42-4 overall. Dallas fell to 26-22.

The Mavericks, with German star Dirk Nowitzki given a night off, flickered briefly in the third quarter when Chandler Parsons drained a three-pointer to cut the Warriors lead to 65-54.

But the Mavericks fightback was snuffed out as the Warriors went on a 30-point blitz to build a comfortable 95-77 lead.

Curry finished with a relatively modest 14-point haul, just ahead of Harrison Barnes (13) and Draymond Green (10).

Wednesday's win follows victories over the Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs in recent weeks.

Having opened the season with a record unbeaten streak, the Warriors are now on track to eclipse the Chicago Bulls' 72-win season in the Michael Jordan era set in the 1995-1996 campaign.

The Warriors next big hurdle as they aim to edge closer to the Bulls record mark is likely to come against Western Conference rivals Oklahoma City Thunder early next month.