The Warriors suffered their worst home loss under Steve Kerr on Saturday, losing 126-91 to the Dallas Mavericks. Luka Doncic recorded his sixth triple-double of his rookie season as the forward scored 23 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists. Dirk Nowitzki had his best game of this season, scoring 21 points in 26 minutes.
The Warriors were without Steph Curry, who was resting on the night. Durant led all Warriors in scoring on the night, dropping 25 points. Durant struggled shooting on the night, shooting 0-8 from three-point land. DeMarcus Cousins had an efficient game, shooting 8-11, scoring 19 points on the night.
The loss hurts the Warriors, who are no longer on top of the Western Conference. Golden State now trails the Nuggets by a half-game with just 10 games left to play. If the Nuggets can protect this lead, they will earn themselves home court advantage until the Finals. This could end up being a big deal, as Denver has proven to be one of the league’s best home teams this season. The Nuggets are 30-6 in 36 home games this season, and would have a slight advantage over any team who have to visit the Nuggets.
As for the Warriors, they will have to finish their final 10 game run-in. Golden State will only have to play three teams who are qualified for the postseason. The big game is set for April 2nd, when the Nuggets and Warriors faceoff in a game with plenty of postseason implications.