Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson would combine for 78 points in an amazing shooting display.
Like the bright yellow of those blinding “City Edition” jerseys the team wore tonight, this game was a highlight edition of everything good and ugly right now for the Warriors.
Lets begin with the good.
Run Dubs Run
Not many teams try to outrun the Warriors and for good reason. We are murderous when we get out on the break.
Tonight the team set a new record with 39 fast-break points in the first half — a record held by those 7-seconds-or-less Phoenix Suns.
Typically opposing teams try to take this facet of the Warriors’ offense away by slowing down and mucking up the game. Unfortunately for the Timberwolves, they played right into our hands with an up-and-down pace that continually lead to easy shots for us in the open court.
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Once again the Warriors record another game with more than 30 assists. Durant notched 11 of them and for the first time in his career recorded back-to-back double-digit assist games. Curry had 9 and the Warriors continue to exhibit to the rest of the league on how to keep everyone on the court involved.
Splash, splash, splash, splash to infinity
Sometimes I forget that we’re loaded with some of the best shooters this game has ever seen. Maybe it’s just the natural progression of things to become numb to how talented our players are considering we’ve been watching these guys torch nets for the past several years. But tonight’s display was just magical.
Until the 4th quarter hit, it literally seemed like no one on the team could miss from downtown. I mean even Andre Iguodala — who has shot 2-for-12 for 3-pointers over the past 10 games and a career-low 22% for the season — made one.
Andre's like "Anything you can do I can do better Steph"— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) January 26, 2018
Pull-up Triple ✅ pic.twitter.com/WxL9CwFE5Y
Here’s a quick run down of what our guys did for the game. Thompson went 7-for-9 and didn’t miss his first one until the final frame. Durant went 6-for-9. Curry was essentially the “coldest” going 5-for-9. And even Nick Young went 2-for-4.
The team would end up with 21 treys total — the most they’ve sank in a game all season.
Steph from 35 feet out pic.twitter.com/li6LfkrRKi— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) January 26, 2018
Apparently the GSOM crowd makes quite the lucky charm (Nate, maybe we should commission season tickets for all the fine folks of this community).
When we’re shooting this well, we sure are hard to beat.
But as we all know so well, the Warriors’ worst enemy is themselves.
T’Wolves keep it close to the final minutes
Minnesota got within 6 points with a little over 4 minutes left in the game. Lead by Karl-Anthony Towns, Jeff Teague and the the anti-Warrior weapon named Jamal Crawford, the Timberwolves kept finding themselves back in the game whenever the Warriors began to pull away.
But much of this had to do with self-inflicted wounds with some untimely turnovers. And these weren’t the ones we could just chalk up to the heightened pace or risky passes. A lot of them were just plain dumb, like the lazy cross-court pass Thompson threw late in the game that ended up with Minnesota cutting our lead to single digits.
Our level of talent continues to be our ultimate trump card, but at some point the team has to start building some better habits.
Towns was just beastly for most of the night and it’ll be exciting to watch him play alongside Curry in the upcoming All-star game.
Draymond Green had a massive welt on his elbow after a hard drive to the basket. Hopefully he can play this Saturday against the Celtics.
Let’s maybe put those jerseys away...forever.
All right GSOM, who was your Warrior Wonder for tonight?
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