Everyone deserves a second chance and no doubt, the Warriors took full advantage of playing the Suns again. Another close game, another close call except the Warriors were able to hit the game winning shot and gave no time for the Suns to come back and win. No surprise that Monta Ellis took a jumper for the game winner. And it’s no surprise that the Warriors again squandered another lead, this time by 21 points before rallying for the win. But this is a two game winning streak. Another game and the Warriors will match their season high winning streak at three.
Ellis led the Warriors with 26 points and six rebounds. Dorell Wright had one of his better games and finished night with 23 points and seven boards. David Lee had a relatively quiet night with 22 points and four rebounds. From the bench, a scoring punch came from Nate Robinson who finished with a stat worthy night of 14 points, five assists, three steals and two boards.
The Warriors came out blazing in the first quarter as they finished 39-22. But even with a huge scoring differential in the first quarter, the Warriors got outworked in the paint as they were outscored 56-32. But they overcame the advantage for the Suns by hitting over 40% of their threes and shooting over 80% on free throws.
It was also good that the Warriors grinded out a win.
“I feel like we executed on both sides of the basketball when it matters most,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. “If I had to design a win, I would have designed it this way. It was much better for our future to grind out a win.”
All this without Stephen Curry, who left the game with a strained right tendon in his foot. Now how does it feel to see Jeremy Lin blow it up in NYC, when the Warriors had this guy for at least another year and then be a restricted free agent?!?!?!