After a day of scoreboard watching, the Warriors took further control over their own playoff destiny. With a 105-97 victory over the Pistons Wednesday night, they increased their lead over 9th place team Utah to 3.5 games, while also pushing their lead over the 8th place Lakers back to 3 full games. Houston, the 7-seed, remains close by at just 1.5 back. But despite the opponent, it wasn’t an easy win for the Warriors. Golden State built lead after lead, only to watch the Pistons fight back into the game. The Warriors however, never trailed by more than a single basket, and in the end, were able to hold off the Pistons with great field goal shooting. Some notes from the game:
-Stephen Curry had a big night with 31 points and 8 assists. He finished the game 5-7 from deep, and is now the leader in both 3-point attempts per game and 3-point percentage, at 7.2 and 45.5, respectively. After the game, he took to twitter to celebrate the win and thank friends, family, and fans for birthday wishes, which was Tuesday. He also had this to say:
If you don’t understand, look up Pi Day. Who knows why there is one, or why Stephen Curry knows about it, but it certainly curious to see Curry tweet the first 138 decimal digits of the famed number.
-Jarrett Jack returned to form with 19 points on 7-11 shooting, to go with 5 assists and no turnovers. It was his first shooting better than .500 since February 22, when he lead the Warriors to a home win over the San Antonio Spurs.
-The Warriors saw contributions from nearly all of it’s starting lineup, with each player recording double-digit stats in at least one category. Bogut, the only player not to score 10+ points, finished with 7 to go with 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks, and 2 steals.
-Harrison Barnes had another high-flying night. In the 3rd quarter he powered down a couple monster jams, and finished 6-7 from the field for 13 points. He also added 2 rebounds and a blocked shot.
-David Lee had another big night, finishing with 20 points on 9-13 shooting, while adding 15 rebounds and 5 assists. It was his 43rd such double-double of the season, and his 24th in which he had at least 20 points. After the game, he admitted to scoreboard watching, saying:
”I’ve been on a lot of teams where you’re waiting for the season to be over. It doesn’t matter what else is going on because you’re not in any kind of race. That’s why this time of year is exciting and we’re going to make the most of it.”
-Klay Thompson finished the game with 10 points, but had an off shooting night, going 4-15 from the field. His night was pretty awesome nonetheless, because of this shot during the pregame practice (via @warriors):
-The Pistons were led by Rodney Stuckey’s 22 points and 5 assists, while Will Bynum also had 16 and 4 off the bench.
-The win was the the Warriors 4th in 6 games on a 7 game home stand. The final game will be against Chicago on Friday before they fly out for a final match-up with Houston on Sunday. That will be the start of a 3-game road trip that also visits New Orleans and San Antonio.
Full Game Highlights, via @GumbyHighlights: