After back-to-back home wins against the Bucks and Suns, the Dubs’ road struggles continued last week with losses in the first three games of a five-game trip – falling to the Clippers 134-126 on Wednesday, to the Hawks 127-119 on Friday and losing to the Grizzlies 133-119 on Saturday. Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry both had lights-out shooting performances, including 33 first-half points for Thompson vs. the Suns and 50 points for Curry vs. the Clippers.
Read below for more on the Splash Brothers’ recent shooting performances and why the Warriors have struggled so much away from Chase Center this season.
For the fifth time in his career, Klay Thompson eclipsed 30 points in a half with 33 first-half points in the Dubs’ 123-112 victory over the Suns on Monday. Over the years, Thompson’s scoring explosions have been a huge difference maker for the Dubs, as the team is now 24-0 all-time when the Splash Brother scores at least 25 points in a half.
Monday’s victory also saw Thompson hit eight 3-pointers in a half for the fifth time in his career, the most by any player since 1996-97. In addition, Thompson and Damian Lillard are tied for the most halves with at least 30 points and eight threes over the past 25 seasons (3).
Highlights: Klay Thompson Scores 33 Points in First Half in Win Over Suns - 3/13/23
On Wednesday, Stephen Curry reached the 50-point milestone for the 12th time in his career in the Dubs’ 134-126 loss to the Clippers. The Warriors are 8-4 when Curry scores at least 50 points, but they’ve lost both games when he’s reached that mark this season.
Highlights: Stephen Curry Records 50 Points Against Clippers – 3/15/23
The day after his birthday (Wednesday vs. the Clippers), Stephen Curry became the first 35-year-old to score 50 points with eight or more made 3-pointers. The two-time MVP also became the only player in NBA history to score 10,000 career points on 3-pointers alone.
Stephen Curry (5.0) and Klay Thompson (4.3) are first and second in the league in 3-pointers made per game. They are the only pair of teammates to rank top five in this category and one of two pairs to rank in the top 10, joining Damian Lillard and Anfernee Simons. Curry is the only player in NBA history to average at least five made threes per game in a season and he’s done it three times (2015-16, 2018-19 and 2020-21). Combining to average 9.3 made threes per contest, no duo in NBA history has averaged more threes than the Splash Brothers this season.
Curry Splashes Over Dillon Brooks
The Warriors have lost 11 consecutive road games, with their last road victory coming against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Jan. 30. Only the San Antonio Spurs (6) and Houston Rockets (6) have fewer road wins than the Warriors (7) this season. The Dubs are amidst their longest road losing streak since the 2009-10 season. The Warriors have five more opportunities for road victories, including tonight in Houston, Wednesday at Dallas, April 2 at Nuggets, April 7 at Kings and April 9 at Blazers.
The Warriors allow the most points per game on the road, allowing their opponents to score 124.5 points. They’re also allowing their opponents to shoot 41.0 percent from 3-point range, the second-worst mark in the league. Opponents are averaging more assists against the road Warriors than any other team (27.9).
The Dubs have a defensive rating of 120.0 on the road, the third-worst mark in the league, trailing only the San Antonio Spurs (120.9) and Houston Rockets (121.2). Only the Houston Rockets (21.1) allow more points per game off turnovers than the road Warriors (20.6).
In contrast, the Warriors have the third-best defensive rating on their home floor (108.0) and only allow 111.7 points per game (13th). In addition, opponents are shooting a league-worst 32.4 percent from 3-point range at Chase Center.
Jonathan Kuminga is averaging a career-best 15.1 points per game in seven games this month. In addition, he is shooting 54.4 percent from the field and 47.6 percent from three on 3.0 attempts per game in March. On Saturday, the second-year forward finished two shy of a career-high with 24 points on 8-for-16 from the field and 4-of-7 from 3-point range.