The Warriors return to form, blow out the Orlando Magic by thirty points

March 16, 2017

Golden State Warriors, NBA

by Jerry Feitelberg

Oakland- The Golden State Warriors played like the Warriors prior to the injury of Kevin Durant as they rolled over the Orlando Magic 122-92. The Warriors, in the first quarter, played well on both ends of the court. Klay Thompson led the offense with 21 points in the first 8 1/2 minutes of the game and the Dubs defense held the Magic to just 20 points as they raced to a 14-point lead 34-20 after the first 12 minutes of play. The Warriors and fans held their collective breaths as Steph Curry left the game when he stepped on Evan Fournier’s foot and came up limping. Steph went to the locker room for treatment and was able to return to action.

Steph started the second quarter with the second unit. The Dubs were leading 58-33 but they started to play sloppy and the Magic was able to cut the deficit to 67-50 at the end of the first half. Klay Thompson led the Dubs with 27. Steph had 9, Draymond,5, Zaza 6. Elfrid Payton and Evan Fournier each had 9 to lead the Magic scorers.

The Warriors iced the game in the third period. They scored 36 points and held the Magic to just 21 and led 103-71 heading into the fourth quarter. Steph and Andre Iguodala played extremely well in the period as the Warriors were able to put the game out of reach. Head coach Steve Kerr removed the regulars after just a few minutes of play and the reserves finished the game. Final score 122-92.

Game notes and stats. The Warriors had five players in double figures. Klay Thompson finished the night with 27. Steph had 25 points and 9 assists. Iguodala knocked down 14 points and he had 6 rebounds. Draymond Green scored 9 and he had 6 assists and 11 boards. Zaza Pachulia had a double-double:10 points and 10 rebounds. Ian Clark added 12.

Elfrid Payton and Jeff Green led the Magic with 13 points each. Evan Fournier had 12 and big Nikola Vusevich scored 10.

After the game, Steve Kerr was asked about the great start the team had in the game and he said this:”that was the focus. Let’s carry over our defensive effort and get off to a good start.” “tonight we broke through with a great offense. (It) always starts with great defense. He had this to say about Andre Iguodala’s performance”we get a different dimension when Andre plays this way.He is just playing great basketball.”

One humorous note- Zaza Pachulia and one of the trainers had a bet. The bet was this; Zaza would have to make a dunk, which he did. Zaza would have to have a double-double with points and rebounds, which he did. What did the trainer lose? The trainer has to shave his beard and Zaza was seen on the bench making gestures as if he were using a pair of scissors.

The Warriors improved to 54-14 and Orlando drops to 24-45.  The Warriors face a young and talented Milwaukee Bucks team Saturday night at Oracle Arena at 7:30 pm.

 

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Retired pharmacist who now has a career as a sports writer and broadcaster

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