On Tuesday night, the Golden State Warriors crushed the Detroit Pistons, 113-95. Now, each one of their five victories have been by 10 points or more. Their losses, with the exception of the Spurs game, haven’t been particularly close.
Seeing a trend? If the season continues like this, we’re never going to get the chance to see the Warriors perform in clutch situations. The one example that we got was a night where Stephen Curry, the star, was injured. That’s not a good enough example.
In the first quarter, the Warriors started hot and found themselves leading 11-2 after just the first three minutes. Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, David Lee, Andre Iguodala and Andrew Bogut, the starters, were all putting up some good numbers and playing the defense. The rest of the quarter continued this way, and the Warriors led by a scorching score of 35-16.
In the second quarter, the Pistons notched 25 points, which was eclipsed by the Warriors’ 27. Everything was going swimmingly for the Warriors, who weren’t getting much bench production. Their confidence boosting game was this one, and they were able to deliver. The Warriors led the ballgame 62-41 at halftime, and never looked back.
The Pistons started the third hot, but thanks to the “Human Torch,” a.k.a. Curry, the Warriors maintained their lead and even extended it. From nice assists to dazzling 3-point shots, Curry was doing it all and the Warriors ran away with the game. This is a Piston team that has had quite a bit of success competing on the road. Not tonight.
The fourth quarter was more the same, and the Warriors really had it in the pocket at the end of the first.
Thompson scored 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting while Stephen Curry scored 25 points to go with eight assists. Iguodala finished with eight points and 11 assists and Lee finished with 17 points and nine boards. The Warriors didn’t really need their starters tonight.