Earlier in the season, Golden State Warriors’ bench was considered to be one of the worst in the league. Now, it has become one of their biggest strengths.
The bench scored 59 points on Tuesday night as the Warriors cruised to a 108-85 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. Jordan Crawford had one of “those” games where he simply could not miss, scoring 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting. Andrew Bogut had 15 and Harrison Barnes came in off the bench for 13, making up for off-nights for both Stephen Curry (10 points) and David Lee (6 points).
The Warriors opened up a double-digit lead early in the second quarter, and it would at double-digits for the rest of the contest. They locked down the Mavericks on defense, as Dallas was held to just 38.6 percent shooting. Former Warrior Monta Ellis led the Mavericks with 15 points, while Dirk Nowitzki was limited to just 12 points. No Mavericks player finished with a positive plus-minus rating, while ironically, Curry (-3) was the only player in the red for the Warriors.
While they were at it, the Warriors also made some highlight-reel plays. There were several alley-oop lobs completed by Bogut, who led the Warriors with 30 minutes of action, but the play of the night went to Andre Iguodala. At the 2:48 mark of the second quarter, Iguodala hustled back on defense to block Shawn Marion on a Mavericks’ fastbreak, then ran all the way back up the court to put-back a missed three by Curry with an emphatic dunk:
That pretty much summed up how the game went, and to put the icing on the cake, the Warriors move to three games ahead of the Mavericks for the sixth seed in the West and inch closer to the fifth spot, now 2.5 games back of the Trail Blazers.
Tale of the Tape
- Field-goal percentage: 51.3% (41-80)
- Three-point percentage: 48.0% (12-25)
- Rebounds: 46
- Assists: 26
- Turnovers: 19
- Bench points: 59
- Field-goal percentage: 36.6% (30-82)
- Three-point percentage: 27.8% (5-18)
- Rebounds: 40
- Assists: 18
- Turnovers: 17
- Bench points: 37
Good to Know
Winners of 5-straight, the Warriors have multiple 5-game winning streaks in the same season for the first time since 2006-07
— GSWStats (@gswstats) March 12, 2014
What’s on Tap
The Warriors will fly down to L.A. to take on the Clippers tomorrow night.