Another exciting night at Oracle Arena, another win for the Golden State Warriors.
The Warriors are on their first two game winning streak since before the All-Star break as they dominated the Minnesota Timberwolves 100-77. The biggest story of the game was the ending of Kevin Love’s double-double streak at 53, which the fans ar Oracle greatly appreciated. But to me it was the fact that the W’s looked like a confident, winning bunch ready to make a push for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference. And even though there went as many fans as there were on Friday against the Magic, they sure still made a lot of noise.
Stephen Curry had 24 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists to lead the Warriors attack with Monta Ellis and Dorell Wright each dropping 16 apiece, David Lee had 8, and Louis Amundson added 11 and 7 boards from off the bench. They even out rebounded the T’Wolves 46-43 and had a whopping 10 blocks, 5 of which were from rookie Ekpe Udoh, lighting up the crowd with every swatted ball. The Warriors were in control throughout most of the game, especially when it came to Mr. Love.
Love only took 6 shots during the game making one of them, a credit to the defense of the team and especially David Lee (second night in a row, he shout down Dwight Howard on Friday) and never really seemed to get into the flow of the game. Some fans even chanted “you’re streaks over” when Coach Kurt Rambis pulled him from the game with about 5 minutes left in the game. The Warriors D also forced a staggering 26 turnovers by Minnesota, which in itself buried the T’Wolves. Micheal Beasley and Martell Webster each ahd 16, which Luke Ridnour added 13.
With the win it moves the W’s to 30-36, 6.5 games out of the 8th and final playoff spot. The Warriors will next make the long, exhausting trip down the road to Sacramento to play the Kings tomorrow, a battle of the Bay Area so to speak. Tipoff is set for 7:00 PT.