It’s been a week full of dubs for the Dubs. The Golden State Warriors managed to piece together their first win streak of the season this past week, winning four straight games. Golden State still has the worst record in the Western Conference, however, Steve Kerr’s team may be starting to turn a corner. With no Steph Curry and no Klay Thompson, it’s been tough sledding this season. Still, some of the younger guys in the rotation continue to improve and make this season watchable for the Warriors faithful.
12/20 Warriors vs. Pelicans, W 106-102
After entering the fourth quarter trailing following a blown 20 point lead, the Warriors managed to do something they have rarely done this year: close out a game. D’Angelo Russell scored ten points in the final frame, including the go-ahead jumper with just over 30 seconds remaining. That gave the Warriors the lead for good, as they knocked down their final four free throws to secure the win.
Russell led the way for Golden State with 25 points along with seven assists. Damion Lee added 20 points as he continues to impress on both ends of the floor since returning from injury earlier this month. Alec Burks displayed his sixth man abilities again as well, pouring in 18 points off the bench. Blowing a double-digit lead is never ideal, but it says something about this team’s growth to weather the storm and surge back for the win.
12/23 Warriors vs. Timberwolves, W 113-104
The Warriors kept things rolling against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The win marked the first time Golden State had won consecutive games this season.
To no one’s surprise, Russell once again led the way for his team, scoring 30 points. Burks, who started this game, added 25 points along with eight assists. Willie Cauley-Stein, after a rough start to the season, seems to be finding his way in the rotation. He tallied 12 points, seven rebounds, and three blocks in the win. Draymond Green flirted with a double-double, snagging 14 rebounds and scoring nine points.
An 18-3 run in the second quarter gave Golden State control over this game as they surged to a 53-38 lead that would not be relinquished.
The little things matter now more than ever for the Warriors, and that’s exactly how they won this game. They out-rebounded the Timberwolves 55-40 and racked up 27 assists compared to just 16 for Minny.
12/25 Warriors vs. Houston, W 116-104
This, by far, is the most impressive win for the Warriors this season. Houston entered as 11 point favorites with many deeming this a waste of a Christmas Day game. They could not be more wrong.
Draymond Green played his best game of the season, scoring 20 points and snatching 11 rebounds. You could tell by watching the game that playing the Rockets added a little something to Green’s game. The rest of his team followed suit, with every starter finishing in double-digit scoring.
The defensive game plan against James Harden, especially in the second half, was brilliant. The Warriors simply doubled and trapped Harden any time he had the ball past half court, daring other Rockets to beat them. Quite simply, they couldn’t. Russell Westbrook did score 30 points, but it took him 32 shots to do so.
Damion Lee also had his best game of the season on Christmas. In addition to the 22 points he scored, he grabbed 15 rebounds and made tons of defensive plays to help boost the Warriors to the win. Earlier this season he talked about wanting to be more than just Curry’s brother-in-law, and he is doing just that. He’s scoring over 14 points per game this month and shooting 36% from three point land.
12/27 Warriors vs. Suns, W 105-96
The Warriors winning streak looked like it would come to an end early on in this one. They could not buy a bucket through three quarters and entered the fourth quarter down 12. Yet, the Dubs found a way to get hot and come back, knocking off the Suns. The win handed Phoenix their eighth straight loss.
Alec Burks, who was just 1-9 from the floor at one point, scored nine points in the final quarter and finished with 13. D’Angelo Russell notched another 30-point performance, scoring 31 total points and dishing out six assists. He’s averaging 21 points a night in the month of December.
Trailing by two with about five minutes remaining, the Warriors pieced together an 8-0 run. Glenn Robinson III finally gave the Dubs the lead for good with a put back dunk off a Russell missed three. Draymond continues to look locked in defensively, recording three blocks in addition to his 11 points and seven rebounds.
This Warriors team is still lottery bound, but win streaks like these add some excitement and flare to the season. Plus, it helps GM Bob Myers figure out what pieces he wants to keep for next season once the splash brothers return.
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