SAN FRANCISCO — When the final bell rang, Stephen Curry he walked off the Chase Center floor with his arms raised triumphantly…and perhaps semi-sarcastically.
“We haven’t had good energy coming off this court in a while,” Curry said after the game. “We sure needed this one.”
A late November win over a .500 team hasn’t traditionally been cause for celebration for the Golden State Warriors over the past decade, but this one, a 121-116 win against the Golden State Warriors. Houston Rockets — deodorized a losing “stench” that Curry warned could infiltrate the locker room if things weren’t quickly rectified.
Warriors The field has long been a safe space for Golden State. Even last season, when they couldn’t win a road game to save their lives, the Warriors only lost eight home games all year. All the more reason why their recent skid (six straight losses, five of which occurred at Chase Center) seemed even more disconcerting, and led to a sense of urgency Monday unmatched so far this season.
Head coach Steve Kerr played Curry the entire fourth quarter. He played 38 years. cris pablo for 34 minutes, just two nights after posting 37 in a loss to the Thunder. Curry was brilliant and normal again, scoring 32 points on 14 shots. Meanwhile, Paul rewarded Kerr and the team with 15 points and 12 assists, committing only one turnover and finishing as the game’s best player with a +12.
“When you lose that many games in a row, you forget what it feels like to win,” Paul said. “So we tried to play with a sense of urgency tonight and see if we could come out on top.”
The motto of the current Warriors dynasty, beginning with the first championship team in 2014-15, is “Strength in Numbers.” Well, for most of the 2023-24 season, it’s been more like “Strength in Numbers,” and that number is 30.
30, as in the number on the back of Curry’s jersey.
30, as in the number of points that number 30 delivers each night. Well, 30.4 to be exact.
Golden State has been desperate for offensive production from anyone outside of Curry all season, with Andrew Wiggins, Klay Thompson, and even Paul for a time, all suffering painful falls. For the team to come out of its haze on Monday, it needed those numbers to regain strength.
Thompson started well, hitting three 3-pointers in the first quarter, one of which epitomized the beautiful basketball that has become a trademark of Kerr’s offense: seven passes, four players touching the ball, all working the defense until finally He had no choice but to give in.
“That’s the plan,” Kerr said of the possession. “But for that to happen, Klay has to leave the ball when he’s not open, instead of trying to beat this guy one-on-one and make a tough breakaway. So that’s what we’re focusing on. And, you know, if does it consistently, then the game will open up for him.”
Thompson finished with his first 20-point game of the season on 5-of-11 three-point shooting. Although he was quick to point out that he had previously scored more than 20 points in a single quarter (he has the NBA record with 37 points in a quarter), admitted that Monday’s outburst could be the turning point of a season that has started slowly, like many others in his career.
“It feels great,” Thompson said. “And hopefully she will break the seal so that many floodgates will open.”
Wiggins didn’t shoot well (3 of 10), but he made two of his three 3-point attempts and tied a season high with seven rebounds (often an indicator of his level of activity and commitment) while keeping Houston guard Fred VanVleet at bay. 10 points on 3 of 13 shooting.
In addition to Paul, Thompson and Wiggins, the Warriors also received contributions from Dario Saric (18 points, five rebounds off the bench), Moses Moody, Jonathan Kuminga and rookie Brandin Podziemski. They’ll need to see him more consistently, but putting together a complete offensive performance was essential for the Warriors to emerge from what Thompson called a “terrible time.”
If there’s a silver lining to the losing streak, it’s that they didn’t fall to any bad teams. The Nuggets, Cavaliers, Timberwolves and Thunder are expected to be in the upper echelon of their respective conferences, and served as a barometer of sorts for Golden State.
The verdict? Improvement is necessary if the goal is a championship.
“There are great teams throughout the Western Conference, and you’re going to have to play really well to beat them,” Curry said. “We know we can, if it’s a playoff series down the stretch, I feel like we can beat anyone. But it’s going to take an A, A+ effort. It’s there, but we have the ability to do it.” “.