The Warriors were lucky to catch the Pacers on the second end of a back-to-back after the squad from Indiana pulled off an overtime win last night against the Oklahoma City Thunder in OKC. However (as evidenced by the recent Lakers game), no single game in this league is guaranteed, no matter the circumstances and no matter the talent disparity on different teams.
That being said, the Warriors came out of the gate strong, starting the game leading 13-5. Early on, it seemed like it might develop into one of those “oh sssssssnap” Klay Thompson kind of games.
Klay Thompson (6 points) has outscored the Pacers (5) so far.— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) November 22, 2016
After one quarter, the Warriors led 34-21.
As the second quarter began, Shaun Livingston got some run and provided a sort of spark off the bench for the Dubs. However, the Warriors also were able to insert Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala to round out the “second unit,” which, c’mon man. That’s just mean. Iguodala is an NBA Finals MVP and Durant is a multiple scoring champion and regular season MVP. Y’all gonna play them in the second unit versus a depleted Pacers squad missing their best player (Paul George), having flown all night following a late-night OT win vs. a very good team in OKC?
However, as the second quarter rolled on, neither team could seem to buy a bucket. Trading one brick after another—or one turnover after another—the teams stood at 42-32 with 5:07 left in the half. Given multiple, multiple opportunities to blow open the game, the Warriors could just not hit a basket. After his hot start, Klay Thompson went cold. Ian Clark was bothered by Monta Ellis on a seemingly open three and threw up an airball, and Curry missed a few shots you would normally expect him to knock down.
But, even playing a game that felt haphazard and slightly awkward at times, the Warriors entered the halftime locker room leading 61-42 (after Stephen Curry almost beat the buzzer with a double clutch long ass shot). It’s amazing how this team can glide through situations seemingly unscathed even when they don’t play up to their own lofty standards.
Yo, are you straight up kidding me though, Steph?!
How did that not count for at least, say, 1,000 Monopoly dollars or something?!
As the second half started, the challenge the Warriors faced was to “not fall asleep at the wheel.” Proverbially speaking. Not in any sort of physical, necessary, gotta change your lifestyle sort of way.
Also, yeah, rest would be good.
Second half task for the Warriors: Extend the lead to a comfortable enough place where Kerr can rest starters entire 4th.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) November 22, 2016
During the third quarter—I’m not gonna lie—I got a little distracted. The Warriors were cruising, I was tweeting back and forth at some people, and then this happened:
is this even a highlight for Karl Anthony Towns anymore he does things like this every night nowhttps://t.co/7fUsHDrdHx— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) November 22, 2016
Which, yo, what?!
@World_Wide_Wob, yes. Yes, this is indeed still a highlight. Holy mother of ___________, that was amazing.
But, yeah, anyways, back to the Warriors.
After sort of skipping joyfully through the third quarter, the Warriors entered the fourth up 100-71.
Given the boredom (given the score), we had some fun.
Jim Barnett complaining about not getting royalties on reprints of old playing cards from 30 years ago is peak entertainment for a blowout.— Golden State of Mind (@unstoppablebaby) November 22, 2016
"ANDRE'S THREE BALL HAS COME ALIVE ON THIS ROADTRIP!!!" is the most terrifying Alien/STD/NBA crossover movie ever made.— Golden State of Mind (@unstoppablebaby) November 22, 2016
IAN CLARK NBA MVP DO IT NOW NOW NOW— Golden State of Mind (@unstoppablebaby) November 22, 2016
Yeah, so I was also live tweeting this, and, yeah, I have no shame. Sorry not sorry.
In the end, the Warriors secured a 120-83 beat-down victory and also secured an unbeaten road trip.