The Warriors used a 30-5 run to open the second half to extend their winning streak to nine games on Sunday after defeating the Wizards 112-96. David Lee, Andrew Bogut and Stephen Curry all recorded double-doubles, while Klay Thompson led all scorers with 26 points, including six three-pointers. The victory pushes the Dubs’ record to 23-13 and gives them their longest win streak in a single season since 1975-76. The Warriors now share a piece of the Pacific Division lead, the latest into a season they’ve led the division since March 2, 1992. Now 5-0 on their season-long seven-game road trip, the Warriors will look to keep the momentum rolling when they take on the Bucks on Tuesday.
On the Warriors' performance in the third quarter:
“Just great. We were disappointed the way we started the game. We gave up 36 points in the first quarter. When talking about the second half; giving up 38 points, holding them in the 30’s in field goal percentage. I thought we did a great job offensively, executing, taking care of the basketball. First and foremost, we did an outstanding job defending them and getting them somewhat out of rhythm.”
On the Warriors' road winning streak:
“It means something because it’s history. We don’t take for granted the history of this basketball team, good or bad. It’s an honor and a thrill to be mentioned with some of the great teams in franchise history. You look up and you duplicate some of the things they were able to do, so you don’t just throw it away. Take a deep breath, enjoy it, and carry on with our personal mission.”
On having players who weren't born the last time the franchise won nine in a row:
“It puts into perspective the history of this franchise and how far in a short period we’ve been able to turn it around with great moves by ownership, by management, spectacular players that have bought in, and the other thing is sustaining. It’s a heck of an accomplishment, but like I said there is still a lot of work to be done.”
On Andrew Bogut's performance:
“We saw exactly what we’ve been watching: rebounding, defending, and being the anchor of our defense. He made some big plays in the paint, blocking shots, and he was aggressive offensively. He’s been that way. It’s great to see him healthy and whole for the first time in a long time. He’s been the key to our defense. Anchored everything we’ve done defensively.”
On the game:
“I think our game offensively is what you guys are going to write about, but defensively we had a hell of a second half. We kept them under 40 points for the half I believe after they scored 30-something in the first quarter. Defensively is what won the game tonight and is the reason we got to run out and make shots.”
On the win streak:
“We know we aren’t going to win every game and this streak is going to come to an end one game. What we spoke about at halftime, was that once we play the Clippers and OKC and those teams, don’t let this one be a factor down at the end of the season. It’s a game that we thought we had to win, that was very winnable for us on the road, and we have been on the road for what feels like eternity, so to let one slip, and we had every excuse in the book to do so, we fought through and got a win for us.”
More on the streak:
“This is the longest streak of my career, so hopefully we can keep rolling. It’s great to win, you know. Through different games, there have been guys that have played well and played bad, but as a whole we have kept it together. Guys aren’t worried about their stats, and minutes and those kinds of things which is just as important during a winning streak as during a losing streak.”
On their defense in the second half:
“We just bought in. Sometimes we can get a bit lackadaisical defensively because we rely so much on our offense and we forget what we need to do to win games. When we can get a good 6-8 minutes, a 10 minute period where we lock down consistently, we know we can get some easy tries at baskets. Our defense is built that way, our coaches do a great job of scouting and setting our defense that way.”
On his pass of the backboard to Andrew Bogut:
“My only option was to stick my left hand out to redirect it. Thankfully it hit the right spot on the backboard and Bo [Andrew Bogut] made a quick reaction to go up and it was planned to not throw it the first way. We’ve never done that before so it’s nice that it worked out.”
On the Warriors' third quarter adjustments:
“Defensively, we were forcing tough jump shots and had to live with the result rather than making them hot like they were in the first half. We stuck to our game plan better than we did in the first half once we got stops and were able to run in transition. David [Lee] made some huge plays, continuing his All-Star level of plays in the past two weeks. [Andrew] Bogut made some great plays. We were able to space the floor. Me, Andre [Iguodala] and Klay [Thompson] so it was nice to get stops to feed off of.”
On quarter adjustments:
“The biggest thing is that in the third quarter we turned it up. That first quarter defense was awful, giving up 36 or 38 points. And in the second quarter we were much better and in third quarter we played the basketball we were capable of playing.”
On taking the division lead:
“To be honest, at this point in the season we are not too concerned about that. We’re concerned if we are playing the right kind of ball right now. We’re finding ways to get wins. And we’ve been looking for that consistency now since the start of the season. It seems like we’ve found it now and we’ve got to keep it going.”
On the Warriors' defense:
“A lot of it I think is extra effort plays, kept [the Wizards] out of transition, they had some good transition buckets in the first half. They’re really good when they can steal, their turnovers or when John Wall is pushing the ball up with shooters and with their bigs on the floor, they’re pretty darn good. We were able to keep them out of transition and defensively, do a better job of talking and rotating over. [Andrew] Bogut had a few big plays, blocking some shots. And then we just got out and offensively I thought we made the game simple.”
ON TO THE NEXT ONE
Coming off of two huge wins to open the New Year, the Warriors continue their season-long seven-game road trip on Sunday against the Wizards. This will be the fifth stop on the trip, and the Warriors will be looking to build on their eight-game winning streak. The first of this season’s two matchups between the two teams, the Warriors have won nine of their last 12 against Washington, including a sweep of last year’s season series.
LAST TIME OUT
Andre Iguodala knocked down a game-winning 3-pointer as time expired and the Warriors extended their winning streak to eight games with Friday’s 101-100 win in Atlanta. The clutch three was Iguodala’s second game-winning buzzer-beater of the season, and this one capped a 15-point fourth-quarter comeback. Stephen Curry (22 points, nine assists, eight rebounds, five steals) was a big part of that comeback with 14 points, five assists and five rebounds in the fourth quarter, and all seven of Iguodala’s points came in the final period. Lee had 23 points and Klay Thompson came through with 21 as the Dubs closed the game on a 25-9 run after struggling through the first three quarters. GAME RECAP
IT AIN’T OVER ‘TIL IT’S OVER
If there’s one thing that we’ve learned about the 2013-14 Warriors, it’s that we can’t count them out. The Dubs now have seven wins this season when trailing after the third quarter, and they have four comebacks of 15-or-more points. Not a team that lacks for dramatics, the Warriors have made three game-winning shots within the last three seconds, and their nine games decided by two or fewer points (6-3) is second only to Atlanta this season.
SHARE THE ROCK
The Warriors’ #FullSquad starting five of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, David Lee and Andrew Bogut is the NBA’s leading five-man unit in offensive rating, averaging 157.9 points per 100 possessions. Not only is that unit full of individual talent, but the ball movement within that group is at times poetry in motion. In fact, the Warriors have had six such games with at least 20 assists, and non-coincidentally, the team has won each of those games. DUB THE VOTE
WASHINGTON SCOUTING REPORT
The Wizards enter Sunday’s game trying to get back on track after losing five of their last six home games. Although Washington has won five of its last eight games overall, they haven’t beaten a team with a winning record since November 30. Before Friday’s disappointing loss to Toronto, John Wall had scored at least 20 points in a career-high six-straight games and he averages 21.2 points and 9.9 assists at home. Second-year guard Bradley Beal joins Wall in the backcourt, and together they form a talented backcourt that, when on, can rival the production of Splash Brothers Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. If the Warriors can keep them under control, then they should have a good chance of extending their winning streak to nine games.
GSW: Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery) and Jermaine O’Neal (right wrist surgery) are out.
WAS: Al Harrington (right knee surgery) and Glen Rice (fractured right wrist) are out.
WAS: Al Harrington (right knee surgery) and Glen Rice (fractured right wrist) are out.