Draymond Green messed around and got his first triple double of the season.
WOW. This is why you watch all the games!
At the end of a grueling road trip, the Warriors and Pelicans delivered one of the most entertaining games of the year. The Pelicans were brilliant but not strong enough to overcome a powerful showing from the Warriors triumvirate (“quad”umvirate?) of stars. After a bumpy start, the Warriors delivered their best efforts right when they were needed the most.
The Warriors were down six at the end of the first quarter, seven at the end of the second, but turned it on for a typical 3rd quarter with a brutal 37-29 shellacking to make it 95-94 going into the fourth quarter. Yet the real coup d'etat came in the fourth, where the Warriors squeezed the life out of New Orleans by holding them to 15 points (including a complete shut out with no points in the final five minutes).
We will have a full recap for you tomorrow, but for now, let’s go through some fun highlights (and seriously, if you missed this game, you really should try and watch at least the second half).
The offensive display in the third, followed by the defensive savagery of the fourth, was sort of the epitome of what this team’s potential is.
In one of the more shocking story lines of the year, JaVale McGee (9 points, 5 rebounds, in 16 minutes) was not the best player on the floor tonight, despite making his first start in a Warriors uniform. No, instead it was another skinny leaper named Kevin Durant who delivered one of the more memorable performances of his career in a Warriors uniform (27 points, 2 blocks, 3 rebounds, 3 assists).
The Warriors are have tomorrow off and are headed back home for a three game home stand. Our next game is Thursday, when we host the Knicks. But looking beyond that, it’s an exciting time here in Warriors land: the Cavs are coming over for Christmas, and GSoM night is only a few weeks away.