Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob is a fixture at home games, cheering on the team from his courtside seat.
His passion is similar to that of the other 19,500 fans that regularly fill Oracle Arena, and according to Lacob, it was the passion of the crowd that inspired an epic comeback from his team. The Warriors overcame a 27-point deficit in the second half to defeat the Raptors 112-103 on Tuesday night, the seventh biggest rally in NBA history.
Lacob was quick to acknowledge the impact the fans made. The sellout crowd at Oracle stood for the majority of the fourth quarter, when the Warriors outscored the Raptors 42-15 and took the lead with three minutes remaining. After the game, Lacob interrupted a media session with GM Bob Myers.
“I just wanna say one thing. The reason we won this game. The fans stood the entire fourth quarter,” said Lacob, via Let’s Go Warriors. “Think about that. We’re down 20, and they’re going crazy. So I think (the fans) deserve the assist for tonight.”
Warriors fans are known to be one of the most passionate in the league, and there definitely is a different feeling whenever the Warriors play at home as opposed to on the road. This team feeds off the energy from the crowd, and together, they contributed to one of the greatest comebacks you will ever see.