The Golden State Warriors had a closer game then they would have liked to have played in Thursday night’s win over the Milwaukee Bucks, who own the worst record in the NBA at 13-56.
Every time the Warriors would start to pull away to a ten point lead the Bucks would answer back and go on a big scoring run of their own making the game close through out. The Bucks benefited from a well balanced offensive attack as seven Bucks players scored in double figures, four of those seven players came off the bench, and the bench total had 58 points for the game.
But the Splash Brothers ended up being too much for the Bucks as Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 60 points and simply outplayed the Bucks back-court players. Curry finished the game with 31 points and 11 assists including going 3-5 from the three point line, and Thompson had 29 points and also made three 3 pointers as well. David Lee and Andrew Bogut (who was questionable going into the game with an ankle injury) locked down the boards as they combined for 24 total rebounds, accounting for over half the teams rebounds.
With the win over the Bucks, the Warriors are now 44-26 and are 3 games away from matching their win total from last season, but more importantly the Warriors are 18 games above .500 for the first time in 20 years… which was the 1993-1994 season, when Chris Webber was a rookie for the Warriors as the complied a record of 50-32 during that season.
The Warriors as a franchise have pretty much been in futility (aside from a few playoff appearances) before head coach Mark Jackson was hired before the 2011 lock-out season and he has slowly changed the culture of the Warriors and made them a pretty good defensive team. Jackson wanted to make sure that the players took time to appreciate every milestone that has been achieved as they try to climb into the discussion of being a championship contender.
“You can’t take it for granted. There’s people that’s 19 years old that’s never seen this. That’s a wow moment,” Jackson said. “It’s an incredible accomplishment, and we’ve still got a ways to go. But we’re going to park and enjoy it, take a deep breath, appreciate it and then continue to chase down our ultimate goals.”
One those goals is being able to get home court advantage for the the first round. Klay Thompson knows the importance of trying to get home-court as the Warriors trail the Houston Rockets by 3 games for the 4th seed in the Western Conference standings
“We want to try to get that home court,” Thompson said “it’s in striking distance.”
The Warriors next game will be Saturday night vs the streaking San Antonio Spurs who have won 11 games in a row and nabbed the number one seed in the Western Conference after the Oklahoma City Thunder started struggling in their recent games. The Warriors will have their hands full as they are dealing with one of the most efficient offenses in the NBA and they are coached by one of the best coaches to ever do it, in Greg Popovich. After that the Warriors have a 5 day lay-off before facing the 8th seeded Memphis Grizzles March 28th.