Reviewing the Golden State Warriors’ 5-Game Road Trip

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Nov 23, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Marreese Speights (5) attempts a shot against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors entered this five-game road trip with a 9-2 record and riding a four-game win streak.  They left the road trip with a 14-2 record and a nine-game win streak.  Not too shabby.

Game 1

Game one was a matchup that most everybody in #DubNation circled on their calendars when the schedule was released, but unfortunately due to injuries, it lost the big game appeal.  Nonetheless, the Oklahoma City Thunder put up quite the fight without Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

This game would have not been won without the contributions of Marreese Speights.  Yes, you read that correctly; Marreese Speights.  Speights led all scorers with 28 points in just 25 minutes of action.  Speights shot 11-for-18 from the field and added seven rebounds.  His energy off the bench was the spark the team needed to grab a five-point victory, 91-86.  Five wins in a row.  10-2 record.

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for just 35 points on less than 33 percent shooting on the night and big man Andrew Bogut played only eight minutes due to an orbital socket contusion, so Speights’ big game could have not been more timely.  It was Speights’ second highest scoring total of his career and the most points he has totaled since 2009.

On the victory, Coach Steve Kerr had this to say:

"“It was the best win of the year.  It was the ugliest game, but the best win.”"