Warriors Stretch Winning Streak to 7 Games, Beat Magic 110-100.
The Golden State Warriors (10-3) looked to close out their 4-game homestand with a win over the Orlando Magic (8-5). The Warriors were without Stephen Curry, who was sitting after injuring his thigh against the 76ers. Going into the game, the two teams were leading the NBA in three point percentage, with the Warriors shooting 41.5% and the Magic shooting 40.6%. The Warriors went on to win the game 110-100.
The first quarter was a combination of the Warriors having a stagnant offense without Steph in the lineup, and the Magic having a great quarter shooting the ball. The Magic shot 54% in the opening quarter, Nikola Vucevic led the way with 9 points, and Aaron Gordon was close behind with 8 points. The Warriors were unable to get into a consistent flow, often times shooting much later in the shot clock than they normally do. They turned the ball over 5 times, and had no player with more than 5 points. The Magic led after the first quarter, 29-27.
The second quarter saw KD start to get on a roll, and he ended the half with 12 points, but he was also distributing the ball extremely well, and developed a connection with Shaun Livingston. Shaun ended the half with 12 points, and most of them came of passes from KD. The Magic cooled off a bit in the second quarter, and only shot 5-17 from three point range in the half. The Magic were able to hang in the game thanks to a lot of careless passes on offense from the Warriors, who turned the ball over 9 times in the half. It was a very evenly matched game throughout the entire first half, with neither team being able to gain a large lead and hold it for an extended period of time. At the half, both teams were tied 56-56.
The Warriors managed to grab a lead in the third quarter, as they have done during nearly every game of their 6 game winning streak. The Warriors had four players with double-digit scoring, and were shooting 51% as a team from the field. The Magic continued to shoot poorly, ending the third shooting 42.9%. The Warriors defense picked up in the quarter, and managed to hold Orlando to just 19 points. The Warriors led after three quarter, 88-75.
The Warriors kept their lead for the entire fourth quarter, and were led by Draymond Green, who managed to keep the team focused for the entire quarter. The Magic did outscore the Warriors in the quarter, 25-22, the Warriors were able to hang because the Magic did most of their scoring in garbage time, against the Warrior’s reserves. The Warriors won the game 110-100.
My main takeaway from this game is that Stephen Curry is the best, most important player on the Warriors. Without him, the offense was stagnant at times, and had to rely on Iso ball a lot more. They can still win games without him, but the wins are far less dominant. During the first half, the Magic were able to double KD and have a man on Klay at all times, both are things that other teams can’t do when Steph is on the floor.
The leading scorers for the Warriors were Kevin Durant with 21 points, and Draymond Green with 20. Shaun Livingston also had a great game while starting in Steph’s spot, scoring 16 points. The Warriors won their seventh straight game, and continue to be the best, and deepest team in the NBA.
The Warriors play next on Thursday, November 16, in Boston against the Celtics at 5:00 p.m.