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Warriors Dominate in Victory Over Magic

The Golden State Warriors’ starting lineup continued its run of dominance, opening an early lead that the Warriors preserved throughout the game in a 94-81 victory over the Orlando Magic.

David Lee and Klay Thompson, 11-of-15 and 7-of-12 respectively, compensated for a low scoring night from Stephen Curry, while the Warriors defense held the Magic to minimal production. The Warriors also put an end to Arron Afflalo’s five game streak of 20-plus points on better than fifty percent three point and field goal shooting.  Andre Iguodala started on Afflalo, and Klay Thompson added some very impressive defensive minutes, limiting the potential all-star to very few openings both on and off ball.

The starters’ dominance was complimented by yet another impressive game from Draymond Green, who added nine rebounds, four blocks and two steals.  Green’s defense was, as has become expected, excellent, as he switched from big men to guards with ease while challenging shots at the rim and from the perimeter.  Green’s performance contrasted a disappointing showing from Harrison Barnes, who finished 1-of-7 for two points. Barnes did reach the rim with a few aggressive crossovers and hesitation dribbles, but repeatedly failed to convert.

In the surprise of the night, the Warriors all-bench lineup, famous for blowing leads created by the starters, managed to close out the game without the need of additional substations.  The Magic had whittled the Warrior lead to 13 in the early fourth quarter, but, through impressive defense and timely offense, the Bazemore-Green-Speights led bench pushed the margin up to 22.

Tale of the Tape

Warriors:

  • Field Goals:48.2% (41-85)
  • 3-Pointers: 22.2% (6-27)
  • Rebounds: 56
  • Assists: 21
  • Turnovers: 17

Magic:

  • Field Goals: 38.2% (34-89)
  • 3-Pointers: 26.3% (5-19)
  • Rebounds: 37
  • Assists: 19
  • Turnovers: 9

 

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