Golden State Warriors Keep Their Winning Streak Alive


The Golden State Warriors defeated the Phoenix Suns 135-116 Friday night, lifting their record to a perfect 17-0 on the year

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On a night where fan-favorite Stephen Curry dropped 41 points in a mere three quarters of action, the Warriors toppled the Phoenix Suns soundly, thus keeping the Warriors as the lone undefeated team in the NBA.

Curry wasn’t the only player in the Golden State uniform to enjoy a successful night of play though, as Draymond Green and Leandro Barbosa also notched big games. Green registered his third career triple-double with 10 rebounds, 10 assists and 14 points. And Barbosa enjoyed a solid night of shooting, going 8-9 from the floor as he scored 21 points for the team.

The Warriors appeared to dominate for the majority of the game despite Phoenix having six players in double figures. With a little under two minutes of action to go in the first quarter, the team enjoyed a comfortable 39-19 lead over the Suns. Phoenix tried to battle back throughout the entirety of the game, but the 56 points from Curry and Klay Thompson proved to be too much to overcome.

The Warriors continued the shooting success from the field they’ve enjoyed all season, making over half of their three-point attempts at almost 60 percent while shooting roughly 58 percent from the floor.

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So what does this victory mean for Golden State? Obviously they are continuing to look like a serious threat to the rest of the league for a championship repeat, but this team is earning their victories in dominating fashion and don’t look to be slowing down any time soon.

With wins over some of the league’s more dominant teams, the Warriors have shown promise thus far in the year in terms of just what they are capable of doing.

Golden State is off to one of their best starts in franchise history. With Curry continuing to look like the league’s best shooter with averages of 32.6 points, 6.1 assists and 5.2 rebounds this year, it’s apparent that the Warriors have no plans of taking their feet off the gas as they continue to take the league by storm.

The Warriors look to keep their streak alive as they return home Saturday night to take on the Sacramento Kings. The Kings come  in with a record of 6-11 despite DeMarcus Cousin’s big play so far this year (27.9 PPG, 11.2 RPG). Sacramento’s newest addition, Rajon Rondo, is also off to a good start this season, averaging 12.8 PPG and 11.2 APG through 17 games.

The Warriors have been good. Okay, they have been really good up to this point in the season. We can all admit that it has certainly been entertaining to watch the way this team plays basketball and how they have handled their opponents. But we cannot jump the gun and already crown them this season’s NBA champions just yet.

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The Warriors have wins against Chicago — as well as against the Clippers and Grizzlies — playing both of those teams twice thus far. While the Warriors have taken care of a few of the NBA’s best, we still haven’t seen them go up against the likes of the Cavaliers, Spurs or Thunder, whom at this point are some of the league’s best teams alongside Golden State.

This team has a big target on its back. It comes with being the defending NBA champions. Teams are aware of the success Golden State has enjoyed, and will try and do everything to stop them. But that doesn’t mean that the Warriors are just going to lay down without putting up a fight.