2012-13 Warriors: A Season in Photos
May 20, 2013
The story of the 2012-13 Golden State Warriors is one of exceeding expectations.
On the heels of a 23-win 2011-12 campaign, many “experts” predicted another season of losing basketball by the Bay, but the Warriors responded with a run to the Western Conference semifinals.
From big shots to superstar performances to All-Star appearances to big wins in the face of adversity, the 2012-13 season had it all.
The Warriors went 46-36 in the regular season and clinched a berth in the playoffs with a 105-89 win over the Timberwolves on April 9.
Foreshadowing the team’s success for the season, the Warriors went on a 6-1 road trip in December to become one of only nine teams in NBA history to come away from a trip of at least seven games with only one loss.
David Lee won the first of his two Western Conference Player of the Week Awards during that trip, averaging 22.8 points and 12.5 rebounds between December 10 and December 16.
One of the season’s most memorable moments occurred during that historic road trip, as 2012 second round draft pick Draymond Green scored a game-winning basket off an assist from Jarrett Jack with 0.9 seconds left to beat the defending champion Miami Heat.
Green was one of one three Warriors 2012 draft picks, along with Harrison Barnes (seventh overall pick) and Festus Ezeli (30th overall pick) that made significant contributions to the team’s success throughout the season.
Harrison Barnes became a household name in NBA circles with this one-handed hammer against Minnesota on November 24, the most replayed of his several highlight-reel dunks throughout the season.
Speaking of dunks, Andrew Bogut threw down a vicious slam on JaVale McGee that sent the Oracle Arena crowd into one of its patented frenzies during Game 4 of the Warriors’ first round playoff series against the Nuggets.
Whether it was the playoffs or the regular season, fans packed the house at Warriors games all season with 38 consecutive sellouts. Warriors fans lived up to their reputation as one of the liveliest crowds in professional sports, and that showed through spontaneous WAAAAAAAARRRRRRIIIIIIOOOOORRRRSSSS chants throughout the postseason.
Long before the playoffs, the Warriors gave their home fans plenty to cheer about, including a 104-99 win over a Thunder team that would go on to get the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.
That win over the Thunder was preceded by the Warriors beating the eventual Pacific Division-champion Clippers.
The Warriors wound up winning three of their four matchups with their division rivals and were a very respectable 9-9 in the regular season against the NBA’s 2012-13 division winners (Oklahoma City, San Antonio, L.A. Clippers, Miami, Indiana, and New York).
In addition to the team success, the 2012-13 season saw the emergence of a budding superstar, and that was never more evident than on the night Stephen Curry scored 54 points at Madison Square Garden.
Not to be out-done, David Lee led the NBA in both double-doubles (56) and 20-and-10 games (31) while becoming the Warriors’ first All-Star since 1997.
The Warriors had three other players to join Lee in Houston for NBA All-Star Weekend, as Stephen Curry participated in the Three-Point Contest and both Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes competed in the Rising Stars Challenge.
Harrison Barnes enjoyed a tremendous rookie season, earning a spot on the NBA’s All-Rookie First Team, and he raised his game to another in the playoffs with averages of 16.1 points and 6.4 rebounds.
Second-year guard Klay Thompson was the team’s third-leading scorer and ranked third in the NBA with 211 3-pointers made, including a game-winner against the Kings on March 6.
Thompson would have set a new franchise record for 3-pointers made if it wasn’t for his fellow Splash Brother Stephen Curry.
Known for his sharpshooting abilities, Curry added to his personal legend and set a new single-season NBA record with 272 made 3-pointers. Curry eclipsed the record, previously set by Ray Allen in 1996 (269), in the last game of the regular season in Portland.
Curry’s 3-point record put the finishing touches on his resumé for the NBA’s Western Conference Player of the Month for April, and he received that award with the help of a 47-point, nine-assist performance against the Lakers on April 12.
The Warriors lost that game, but they did BEAT L.A. on March 25 in one of the more nail-biting wins of the season.
Another big win came at Houston on March 17 against a Rockets team that the Warriors were jockeying with for playoff season down the stretch of the regular season.
Other season highlights included a David Lee triple-double (23 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists) on December 21 vs. Charlotte.
And then there was Jarrett Jack, who became the first Warriors player to post 30 points and 10 assists off the bench since Magic Johnson in 1996. Jack achieved that feat in the February 22 overtime victory against the Spurs, one that might be remembered more for the debut of the first-ever modern short sleeve NBA uniform.
Jack wasn’t the only Warriors to play a vital role off the bench, as Carl Landry provided steady play all season and ranked second in the NBA with 38 games of at least 10 points and five rebounds in a reserve role.
The Warriors won together and they lost together, and it was their high level of team chemistry that kept the team together in the face of adversity throughout the season.
From Jarrett Jack taking over a Carl Landry postgame interview and wishing Brandon Rush a speedy recovery to Kent Bazemore’s signature #Bazemoring pose headlining the team’s enthusiastic response to a teammate’s good play, this team’s sense of togetherness was responsible for a good chunk of their collective success.
The Warriors rode that wave of success into the postseason, where they took down the Denver Nuggets in six games in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.
During the playoffs, the NBA world became quite familiar with the Splash Brothers duo of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, who helped the Warriors end the regular season as the NBA’s top 3-point shooting team (.403).
Stephen Curry lit up the scoreboard in Game 4 against Denver on April 28, scoring 22 of his 31 points in the third quarter of one of four postseason wins at Oracle Arena, which came to be known as the ROARacle this season.
Klay Thompson got equally hot against the Spurs in the Western Conference semifinals, sinking eight of his nine 3-point attempts in Game 2 as the Warriors won in San Antonio for the first time in 16 years.
Alas, the Warriors’ playoff run came to an end, as the team lost its series with the Spurs in six games.
The Game 6 defeat on May 16 brought an end to an inspiring season that saw the players, coaches, fans and community come together as one.
The 2012-13 Warriors accomplished more than many thought they would, and now the table is set for even more success in the years to come. Training camp 2013 can’t come soon enough.