It looked like the Golden State Warriors’ perfect season was going to be over on Thursday night at Staples Center. Whether it was when the Los Angeles Clippers went up by 23 points in the first half, or when Blake Griffin canned a nasty three-pointer to put the Clippers back up 15 in the third quarter, or when a Paul Pierce three put them up 10 with just over five minutes to play, it looked like Los Angeles had this one.
But the Warriors, on the back of their MVP and frenetic small ball lineup, stormed back to take home a 124-117 victory to move their record to 13-0. The 23-point comeback was the biggest in the NBA this season, and they did it with brilliant execution on both ends of the floor down the stretch:
That’s just a ridiculous stretch, and it was all a byproduct of that small ball lineup that simply wreaks havoc on opponents. The shooting. The frenzied defense with relentless switching. It’s breathtaking to watch the Warriors turn it all the way up, and the opposition just doesn’t have an answer for it. At least not yet:
In 48 total minutes on the season, the Curry-Klay-Iggy-Barnes-Dray lineup HAS AN OFFENSIVE RATING OF 153.7 & A NET RATING OF 61.8! AHHHHHH
— Michael Gallagher (@MikeSGallagher) November 20, 2015
By the way, Golden State finished this game on a 22-5 run. And here’s the Warriors’ fourth-quarter box score:
But there’s more:
The Warriors had a 100 percent effective field-goal percentage in the fourth quarter.
— Kevin Pelton (@kpelton) November 20, 2015
How do you feel about that, Andre Iguodala?:
Stephen Curry finished with 40 points and 11 rebounds after a slow start. He shot 11-of-22 overall and 6-of-14 from three. Basically just another night at the office.
Curry obviously got plenty of help. Klay Thompson broke out of his early-season malaise with 25 points. Harrison Barnes had 21 points. Draymond Green had 19 points, nine assists and six rebounds. For the game, the Warriors shot 17-of-30 from three, which of course was bolstered by the 8-of-9 mark in the fourth quarter.
On the losing side, Chris Paul had a monster game with 35 points and eight assists in his return from a groin injury. Blake Griffin had 27 points, but only one in the fourth quarter. This is the second time this season the Clippers have blown a double-digit lead to the Warriors in the fourth quarter. So much welp:
All aboard the struggle bus in Los Angeles.
The Warriors look to move to 14-0 on Friday night at Oracle Arena. The opponent is the Chicago Bulls, who are the last team to win a regular-season game at Oracle.