If you were watching the Notre Dame - Kentucky game instead, it was just another typical day at the office for our Golden State Warriors. After claiming the Pacific Division title, the Warriors set a franchise record of 60 wins and clinched the best record in the Western Conference, something they haven't done since 1975-76 according to GSWStats.
On a night in which the Warriors committed 22 turnovers and played without Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala (both rested), it felt like the game was always in Golden State's hands. Milwaukee hung around in the first quarter but once Golden State's stifling defense turned up, it wasn't a fair battle at all.
Andrew Bogut anchored the middle, the guards and forwards got in the way of passing lanes, and the team executed offensively by making slick passes in hockey-like tic-tac-toe fashion. Meanwhile, the Bucks were held to 38% shooting and two made three-pointers. Notably, Ersan Ilyasova shoot an abysmal 1-10 from the field and three-point marksman, Khris Middleton struggled from downtown going 0-3. There never seemed like a time when the Warriors were seriously threatened.
Golden State made this win look easy by using their signature third quarter push to wipe away a Bucks comeback which has become a major theme of the past few games.
Over the last four games, Golden State's third-quarter advantage is 130-69 (Dubs outscored Bucks 34-25 in the third tonight)— GSWStats (@gswstats) March 29, 2015
This was also another nice Klay Thompson showing since returning from an ankle injury. Klay took over in the third quarter and finished with 21 points, five rebounds and four assists. Him and Stephen Curry led the way by combining for nine threes and 46 points. They were effective off the ball by moving into gaps during dribble penetration and freeing themselves away from their defender. Instead of standing still in the corner, their off-ball movement help create scoring opportunities by opening up the court, both inside and outside.
Of course, Steph would also go into "Chef Curry" mode by making crazy shots when play was broken and the shot clock winding down.
As a basketball fan, there's games like these where you wished the score would be tighter. Of course, as #DubNation, we'll live with this any day as long as we're on top. Pacific Division champs, best record in the West, new franchise record 60 wins... What's next?
Next up: Warriors @ Clippers on March 31 at 7:30 p.m. PST
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