This is the deepest and healthiest that the Golden State Warriors have been all year. With the exception of All-Star caliber player David Lee, they have been streaking since the All-Star break, beating the Detroit Pistons 104-96.
Monday night, the Warriors bench finally chipped in with one of their best outings. Steve Blake’s presence really opens up the court for guys like Harrison Barnes, who tallied 11 points, and Jordan Crawford, who put in 15 points. This was a game where they could use every offensive weapon that they could get because the Pistons would not go away until the final minutes of the fourth quarter.
Defense was weak in the first half, for both teams, but the Dubs eventually tightened up. One eye-popping offensive highlight was Thompson’s facial dunk over Kyle Singler.
The Pistons got progressively worse, starting hot with 37, then decreasing to 25, 21, and eventually smothered with 13 points. The bench players were able to give some of the starters extended minutes on the bench, and this was the right way to start the roadtrip. Jermaine O’Neal had yet another fantastic night with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
The Warriors never gained a bigger lead than 5, and in the third quarter, battled back and forth with the Pistons with several lead changes. Stephen Curry flirted with a triple double, scoring 19 points and adding in nine assists and eight rebounds, while his Splash Brother, Klay Thompson dropped in 19 points. The Splash Father, Steve Blake, knocked down a couple of crucial 3-pointers and finished with six points. These guys helped the Warriors power to victory in the late-going.
Being a fantastic rebounding team, the Pistons outrebounded the Dubs 45-44, but luckily, the offensive and defensive potency was just enough to get the job done. The Warriors outlasted 23 points and eight rebounds from Greg Monroe, as well as 11 points and nine rebounds for Andre Drummond to pick up their fourth straight win.
Golden State’s 4-game winning streak is the longest active streak in the Western Conference. Next up: at Chicago on Wednesday
— GSWStats (@gswstats) February 25, 2014
Monday night, the Warriors got off to a strong start against the Pistons, and they look to continue this intensity Tuesday night in Chicago. Hopefully, they can really reassure another great season and catch the fifth seed by having some luck on this Eastern Conference road trip. They will face Chicago, Indiana, and Toronto. Yikes!