For most of this game, which the Warriors won by the score of 92-88, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, the dynamic backcourt had the worst and hopefully only bad night ever. Altogether, they made five shots, and the Warriors still won.
Why? This is probably because Josh Smith played slow, and David Lee won the matchup. Al Horford, the Hawks’ star center was out due to a stomach virus.
The Warriors forced the Hawks into four airballs, and many missed shots. The Dubs dominated the paint, got every rebound, and scored inside.
This was one of the weirdest games at Oracle, where despite how close the Hawks got, you just knew that the Warriors could pull through. As of late, they have been really stepping their game up in the 4th quarter, desperately trying to finish off close games, which is what they did tonight.
Tonight, Harrison Barnes stepped up his game. Tonight was the first game in his career where he took more than 10 shots. He connected on most of them, and made all his free throws as well, especially when it mattered. Barnes also lead the team with 12 rebounds, his career high. I bet Josh Smith will see Barnes in his nightmares, as he flew all over the place and got literally every rebound that wasn’t going right to someone.
The Warriors, in an other sense, were lucky to win this game. The Hawks came off of a huge win in OKC. That was a huge moral boost for them, and they probably felt as if they could beat the Warriors without a problem. They forced the Warriors into over 17 TO’s, which seriously hurts, considering they scored 30 points off of the turnovers. The Warriors, however, were able to dominate even more in the paint with their rebounding and inside toughness.
The Hawks began to pull really close to the Warriors in the final two minutes, with Lou Williams lasering in three shots from beyond the arc in a row. Although they only won by four points, it seems as if it was a lot more.
The Warriors’ next game is in Minnesota on Friday. That game kicks off a three game road trip in which they will also face OKC and Dallas. Those are two big games for the Warriors, as they are against tough Western Conference teams. With the win tonight, the Warriors are now at 4-4. They will have to push hard if they want to have a strong start.