It was a great game for the Warrior reserves in general Wednesday night. They were able to get the win for the Warriors, and although two of them fouled out, they fought hard and showed some potential. Hilton Armstrong had a double-double and Jordan Crawford and Harrison Barnes each had new career highs as the Warriors beat the Nuggets 116-112.
Klay Thompson who only saw a few minutes tonight was being rested for the most part. The other reserves, the really important ones like Draymond Green and Jermaine O’Neal also got the rest tonight. Watching from the sideline, David Lee, Andre Iguodala, and Stephen Curry were having some fun seeing Harrison Barnes accumulate, a new career high.
This is a perfect time for him to break out of his slump. With the playoffs right around the corner, and the Warriors set to play the Los Angeles Clippers, Barnes is going to have to score in order to pace the Warrior bench against a very high-scoring Clipper second unit. Jordan Crawford also also had himself a nice night. Both Crawford and Barnes set new career highs.
Career-high updates: Harrison Barnes has 28 points and Jordan Crawford has 31 points
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He, Marreese Speights, Steve Blake, and even Hilton Armstrong were the other Warrior scorers tonight. All these bench players playing well, and add the key ones such as Green and O’Neal to that mix, and the Warriors have just as good a roster as the Clippers do, and even without Andrew Bogut, I think both the LAC and GSW fans are in for a treat.
To start off this game, the reserves really played well. They kept the Warriors floating at around a 10-point lead for most of the game. That finally broke when Randy Foye and Anthony Randolph started to stripe some 3-pointers to bring Denver back into the game. Suddenly, the game was tied at 99 with 6 minutes left in the fourth quarter. Despite the good play of the reserves, the Dubs were unable to keep the Nuggets from making a huge run.
In the end, however, Steve Blake powered the Warriors through with his smart moves. In crunch time, Crawford took over and made the difficult shots, looking like Stephen Curry. He scored 42 points.