The Golden State Warriors made quite the opening statement against the Los Angeles Lakers, crushing them (125-94) without their franchise shooting guard, Kobe Bryant. After demolishing a worthy western contender, the Warriors lost to the Lakers’ friendly counterpart, the L.A. Clippers (115-126). After a heartbreaking loss to “Lob city”, the “Dubs” then focused their redemption against Mike Malone’s Sacramento Kings. The Warriors orchestrated their up-beat high scoring tempo, along with an extra side order of defensive intensity. Sadly, the Kings couldn’t keep up with the young guns’ scoring consistency; especially from sharp=shooters Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, who clearly took control of this game.
Needless to say, the Warriors shot with a 51.3 percentile; compared to the Kings’ 34.5 percent shooting (the lowest so far in the NBA this season). In addition to, the “Dubs” turned up their defensive output, forcing 14 Sacramento turnovers. Stephen Curry recorded 22 points, with majority of those points being scored from beyond the arc. Mainly, Curry assumed the role of facilitator; dishing out +12 dimes much like star point-guard Rajon Rondo. On the other end, the Washington State sniper recorded 27 points with 3 splashes from downtown; plus 7 rebounds, and 2 assists. The dangerous backcourt duo combined for a grand total of 46 points, throughout the span of three quarters. (PF) David Lee produced 15 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 assists. (C) Andrew Bogut registered a valiant 6 points, 4 blocks, and 6 rebounds; emphasizing his role as the Warriors’ defensive heartbeat in the paint. The two big men did a tremendous job dealing with their defensive assignment; containing the Kings’ star center Demarcus Cousins. Cousins only recorded a jaw-dropping 8 points, which juxtaposes his usual average of about 27 points per game. (SG) Andre Igoudala had a daunting total of 5 points, but made up for it with his impeccable perimeter defense. He also inked 6 rebounds and 5 assists to his well-rounded basketball stats profile. During the 4th quarter, the Warriors’ bench did the rest of the contributions after their lopsided lead against the stymied Sacramento line-up.
Overall, the Dubs won not only because of their spectacular offensive output, but also primarily on the account of adding a steadfast relentless defense into the equation. Golden state has been known for offensively making a colossal run for the duration of 3 full quarters; in the fourth, they always seem to fail to seal the deal (not this case). For this particular game, the Warriors remained both as the aggressor and hostile defender; leading the Dubs to yet another “golden” victory.