The Warriors have long had a reputation for being one of the most fun teams to watch in the NBA. And during the 2013-14 season, they were particularly exciting. The team came back to win seven games in which they trailed by at least 15 points. And if that's not eough, there were 17 regular season games that were decided by two points or less, not to mention the six game-winning shots in the final three seconds.
So what was your favorite game of the season? The warriors.com staff shares some of their favorites in this three-part series, with games being listed in no particular order.
The Comeback - December 3, 2013
Warriors vs. Raptors: GAME RECAP | HIGHLIGHTS | PHOTO GALLERY
Sometimes you lose games you’re supposed to win, and this certainly had the look of one of those games. The Warriors fell behind early and for two and a half quarters their performance was downright disappointing. Their execution was poor and they were being thoroughly outplayed by a Raptors team that had been four games under .500 and losers of three straight games. The energy just wasn’t there for the Warriors, and they trailed by 27 points early in the second half. But then momentum changed and the Warriors began stringing together defensive stops and made shots of their own. And even though the team was still down by 18 points entering the fourth quarter, they were fully prepared to make a comeback, and the Oracle Arena crowd was well aware of that. The Warriors took complete control of the game in the fourth quarter, going 8-for-11 on 3-pointers and out-scoring the Raptors 42-15 in the period. The Dubs won the game 112-103, marking the largest margin of victory in a regulation game in NBA history for a team that trailed by at least 18 points entering the fourth quarter.
The Trend Setter - November 14, 2013
Warriors vs. Thunder: GAME RECAP | HIGHLIGHTS | PHOTO GALLERY
A national TV audience was treated to one of the most dramatic finishes of the season. Although it was more than five months before the start of the playoffs, this game had a postseason feel to it with a team on the rise (Warriors) taking on a Western Conference power featuring the league's MVP. Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook capped a 14-point fourth quarter comeback with a clutch 3-pointer that put the Thunder ahead with 2.3 seconds left in the game, but Andre Iguodala had the answer for the Warriors, sending Warriors fans home happy and social media into a frenzy with the most clutch shot of the young season. His turnaround jumper as time expired lifted the Warriors to a 116-115 victory, and it was the first of six game-winners for the Warriors in the 2013-14 season. In addition, the shot capped the first of three memorable games against the Thunder this season, one of which was decided by another last second shot by Westbrook.
Holiday Spirit - December 25, 2013
Warriors vs. Clippers: GAME RECAP | HIGHLIGHTS | PHOTO GALLERY
Christmas Whiteout, multiple ejections and a game that went down to the wire – the Warriors’ 105-103 victory over the Clippers had it all, including some extracurriculars after the final buzzer. After Harrison Barnes put the Warriors ahead with a pair of free thows with 1:09 remaining, both teams went scoreless the rest of the way, and Klay Thompson made the defensive play of the game when he blocked a Chris Paul shot attempt on the game's final possession.
The Return of (K)lutch - March 4, 2014
Warriors at Pacers: GAME RECAP | HIGHLIGHTS | PHOTO GALLERY
Klay Thompson scored 16 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, including a turnaround baseline jumper with 0.6 seconds left that gave the Warriors a 98-96 win in Indiana. The road win was against the team with the best record in the NBA at the time, and it was the Dubs' 15th of 17 games decided by two points or less during the regular season.
Beating the Heat - January 2, 2014
Warriors at Heat: GAME RECAP | HIGHLIGHTS | PHOTO GALLERY
The Warriors’ first game of 2014 was perhaps their best game of the season, as they took down the defending champs123-114 in Miami. The team’s second straight road win over the Heat was the seventh of 10-straight victories for the Warriors, who were in the midst of their 6-1 road trip. Stephen Curry and David Lee each had 30-point double-doubles and the Warriors shot 56.1 percent from the field and never trailed after the second quarter.
Trading Daggers - February 12, 2014
Warriors vs. Heat: GAME RECAP | HIGHLIGHTS | PHOTO GALLERY
It was only fitting that in the last game before the All-Star Break, a pair of players bound for New Orleans made the two biggest plays of the night when the game mattered most. But in the end it was LeBron James who had the last laugh as the Warriors lost a heartbreaker to the Heat 111-110. After Stephen Curry converted a three-point play to put the Warriors ahead by two with 14.6 seconds left in the game, James milked the clock and delivered a last-second 3-pointer for Miami. James’ game-winner spoiled a Warriors comeback that saw the team recover from a 21-point deficit in the third quarter and another nine-point deficit in the fourth period.
Survival - May 1, 2014
Game 6 - Warriors vs. Clippers: GAME RECAP | HIGHLIGHTS | PHOTO GALLERY
Facing elimination, the Warriors played far from their prettiest game but still managed to scratch and claw their way to a 100-99 victory. Both teams shot well below 40 percent, but it was the play of Draymond Green that sparked the Dubs to victory. The second-year do-it-all forward had 14 points and a career-high 14 rebounds to go along with some stingy defense that limited Blake Griffin to 8-of-24 shooting. And of course it was none other than Draymond who made the last winning play of the game, tipping a purposefully missed free throw away from the Clippers to prevent Los Angeles from attempting a potential game-winning shot.