The Golden State Warriors did exactly what they were expected to do against an inferior team: build a large lead and hang on to win. The Warriors defeated the Orlando Magic 103-89 at Oracle Arena on Tuesday night.
The Splash Brothers — Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson — brought their hot shooting home from Portland. Curry had a game-high 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting, while Thompson had 20 on 7-of-14 shooting. David Lee had a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
The Warriors built up a 10-point lead at halftime, but really separated themselves in the third quarter, as they started the second half on an 18-4 run. Curry and Thompson both hit two 3-pointers during that run. Golden State took a 19-point lead into the fourth quarter, and one final burst by the starters put away the Magic for good.
The teams actually shot nearly the same percentage from the field, but the Warriors were able to capitalize on 16 Magic turnovers for 16 points off turnovers.
Even without Andre Iguodala and Andrew Bogut, the Warriors took care of business against a team they should beat. Jermaine O’Neal also did not play, so Marreese Speights filled his spot and chipped in a nice 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field.
Now, the Warriors need to replicate this performance against the Bucks on Thursday night.
Tale of the Tape
- Field-goal percentage: 45.1% (37-82)
- Three-point percentage: 36.7% (11-30)
- Rebounds: 44
- Assists: 21
- Turnovers: 11
- Bench points: 30
- Field-goal percentage: 45.5% (35-77)
- Three-point percentage: 30.8% (4-13)
- Rebounds: 40
- Assists: 22
- Turnovers: 16
- Bench points: 44
Good to Know
Klay Thompson has his third-straight 20-point game, hitting 4-of-5 from downtown
— GSWStats (@gswstats) March 19, 2014
What’s on Tap
The Warriors take on another scrub team from the east on Thursday in the Bucks.
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