The Golden State Warriors were dominant against the Phoenix Suns tonight, winning 138-109.
It started as a somber night at Oracle Arena, with the Warriors holding a pre-game moment of silence for those affected by the devastating fire at a converted Oakland warehouse last night that claimed many lives. The team announced they will donate $50,000 to those affected and donate the proceeds of the 50/50 raffle from the game with the Unity Council.
The stars of the night were the Splash Brothers, with Stephen Curry going for 31 points and Klay Thompson for 26.
Kevin Durant had 20 points, eight assists and three blocks, going a perfect 9-of-9 on free throws and attempting only seven shots.
Draymond Green led the team with 13 assists on their way to getting 37 on the night as a whole.
Though the starters shined, this was truly a team win, with meaningful contributions from almost every player. The team as a whole averaged 63% on shooting. JaVale McGee and David West played roughly 13 minutes each, but scored 11 and 10 points respectively
The first quarter was an offensive masterpiece. Shots were flying in faster than the scoreboard could update. Offensive efficiency was unbelievable on each side. It wasn't a lack of defense so much as it was being played at a break-neck pace.
Everyone was hot and missed shots were rare. Thompson got things rolling early with back to back shots from downtown, followed by a lot of team free throws. They volleyed the lead with the Suns for a few possessions before the Warriors finally took and held the lead with a Curry shot from downtown that he kept repeating.
Curry would end up going 5-of-7 from beyond the arc for the night, with Thompson going 6-of-7.
The Warriors closed out the first quarter and started the second on a 16-0 run, smothering the Suns on defense. West showed off his mid-range jumper, shooting three in the span of four possessions. Green had the shot of the half on a 3-point shot that was destined to be rejected by the hoop, but fell in through sheer mental determination. Which gave us the happiest reaction of the night:
Later in the quarter, though, turnovers led to trouble as the Suns battled back on a 17-5 run of their own, getting within nine points. The Warriors shooting went cold but they held the lead at halftime, 66-57.
The third quarter, as it often does, belonged to Curry. Of his 31 points, he scored 20 of them in this quarter. He feasted on 3-point shots and free throws to almost single-handedly blow the game wide open - ending the quarter up by 26 - and did not play again.
Steph's new 3-point dance: the bow https://t.co/fEn3MhytRM— #JaValeAfterDark (@World_Wide_Wob) December 4, 2016
The fourth quarter was basically extended garbage time. Durant lived at the free throw line, managing to get his points up to 20 for the night and the game was closed out with three centers on the court in Anderson Varejao, David West and Kevon Looney who finished with a final score of 138-109.
Notes & Quotes
- On Kevin Durant’s 20 points on seven shots:
'He falls out of bed and gets 20.' #Warriors coach Steve Kerr on Kevin Durant.— Monte Poole (@MontePooleCSN) December 4, 2016
- Continuing in the tradition of being an equal offender when it comes to laughing at our players when it’s deserved, I present to you JaVale McGee attempting to inbound for the Suns, and the bench reaction afterwards:
Warriors bench reacts to JaVale McGee's mega-blooper https://t.co/1QsDXRa5zp— #JaValeAfterDark (@World_Wide_Wob) December 4, 2016
The Warriors next face the Indiana Pacers on Monday night at 7:30pm at Oracle Arena, their last game of this home-stand.