Klay Thompson led the way with 26 points on an efficient 11 of 13 from the field and 4 of 5 from deep. Kevin Durant (more about him later) and Stephen Curry chipped in with 23 and 19 points respectively, as the Warriors rolled to 38-15 on the season.
Judging from how the Warriors pushed the tempo, and how locked in they were offensively throughout last night’s 141-102 beatdown, playing the two Spurs stars probably would have made a difference only in the margin of a Warriors’ victory. Here are a few takeaways from last night’s action.
49 point third quarter
To San Antonio’s credit, they hung close with the Warriors for parts of the first half. They were aggressive from the perimeter. They hustled and even hustled their way to a three point lead late in the first quarter. But as we all know, the Dubs are generally a third quarter team. Just in case the Spurs forgot, the Warriors refreshed their memory. Suffocating defense and unconscious scoring and shooting to the point where the Warriors didn’t miss a shot for most of the quarter propelled the Dub’s to a 32 point lead going into the fourth quarter.
KD’s message before THE message
Obviously, the talk is about Kevin Durant’s post game explosion on reporters but his performance prepped what was going to go down after the game. Durant made his first six shots, and scored 15 of his 23 points in the first quarter. Durant was an efficient 9 of 13 from the field and 3-of-4 from 3. Also, Durant was a bit of a facilitator. He dished 9 assists and snagged eight rebounds.
From the tip, Durant was aggressive, focused and intent on taking out most of his frustrations on the the court and on the Spurs. If Durant’s performance on the court was a quote, it would be: “What happens on this 94 ft slab of wood is all that matters to me. All I want to do is hoop, and as of February 6, 2019, I’m hooping as a member of the Golden State Warriors. Ask me about free agency in July.”
DeMarcus Cousins only played 17 minutes last night. However, he continues to make strides in getting back into form. Granted, he still struggle around the rim for easy baskets, and has issues with fouls but it’s all a process and Boogie is continuing to make progress. Last night, Cousins scored 15 points, grabbed six rebounds, blocked a couple of shots and dished three assists. While Cousins struggle offensively at times, a great positive for the Warriors is that he never stops hustling, and never stops running the floor. This is only his eighth game back, and as he makes the most of his minutes regardless of what they are, Cousins will only continue to get better.