Great news! Andre Iguodala is back in business and started tonight for the Golden State Warriors. His totals? Two points, 1-for-4 from the field and two assists. Of course, that’s nothing special, but his presence just gives the Warriors a huge boost and they showed it tonight. They played the New Orleans Hornets, who have been managing without Anthony Davis, who was out due to a hand fracture.
Stephen Curry had yet another terrific game with some eye-opening highlights. He finished with 28 points, 12 assists and three steals. Klay Thompson chipped in 16 points while David Lee had his best defensive game of the year with two steals and 17 rebounds. Oh yeah, he also scored 21 points. He kept Ryan Anderson to just 6-for-16 from the field. Not bad, considering the amount of criticism he receives.
This game was really over from the start. The Dubs started hot and stayed that way. As opposed to their previous couple of games, they actually outscored the Pelicans 57-39 in the half, limiting them to just 20 and less for the first and second quarters. Thompson played Eric Gordon very well, as Gordon was scoreless at the half.
In Iguodala’s return, the Warriors needed a big victory just to boost their morale a little bit. They may have a tough time in these next couple of games, but picking up some home wins will be good for them as they look to attack the standings and make a statement as a championship-worthy team. Now that they’re almost healthy, they have what it takes to compete with the NBA’s finest.
The highlight of the night was a missed dunk. Iguodala went between the legs, behind the back, faking out his defender and went to go crush it down, but was met at the rim by Jason Smith, who stuffed his dunk, taking away what could have been one of the plays of the year!
The Warriors only won by 11 points, but they were outscored by 12 in the fourth thanks to some sloppy play from their reserves. They move to 14-12 and will have to face the daunting task of a familiar foe, the San Antonio Spurs.