This certainly wasn't the best of games for the Golden State Warriors against a below .500 team but when it came down to the most crucial possessions, shots were made and defense was played.
The Golden State Warriors held off the Orlando Magic in a decisive 98-97 victory and upped their winning streak to 10 games. It wasn't a highly executed game, nevertheless the streak is still alive.
In the first quarter, Golden State played some mediocre basketball allowing Orlando to dictate the tempo of the game. Some sloppy plays resulted in numerous live-ball turnovers and fast-break points the other way for the Magic. Draymond Green injured his right hand and left momentarily before returning to the game with his hand taped.
The Warriors finished the half on an 18-4 run, leading 56-46 at the half and the game seemed primed for a Golden State blowout. However, the Magic did not back down and went on runs of their own in the third quarter setting up a monumental fourth quarter.
Golden State was behind by one or two possessions for the majority of the final frame before the Splash Brothers combined for a 9-0 run with under four minutes remaining in regulation to tie the game at 93 apiece. Tobias Harris made a running bank shot with 38.4 seconds left to put the Magic up 2. In the next possession, the Warriors failed to score on a Stephen Curry to Andrew Bogut lob, but Elfrid Payton also missed a layup to seal the game. And then this happened:
With 2.2 seconds for the Orlando Magic to score, Draymond Green came through with a game-winning interception off the inbounds pass.
- Both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were listed questionable for the game and cooperatively managed to put together a late fourth quarter run that shifted the game's momentum.
- Golden State leads the league in three point percentage at 38.5% according to ESPN.com/Stats. Prior to Curry's clutch dagger, the team was shooting 7-26 (30%) from three point territory and Curry himself was 2-8 (25%).
- Offensive rebounds were a major factor which kept the Warriors in the game. Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut were particularly active on the offensive glass, both hauling four offensive rebounds each.
- Harrison Barnes had a solid outing, finishing with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Barnes shoot efficiently and crashed the boards on both ends of the floor.
- Marreese Speights continues to impress off the bench as a dependable backup center. Speights had 12 points on 5-10 shooting in 15 minutes of action.
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