For three entire quarters on Tuesday night, the Toronto Raptors were in complete control of the Golden State Warriors on Golden State’s home floor, one of the fiercest home arenas in all of the NBA. However, the Raptors seemed to let off of the gas in the fourth quarter and let the Warriors get a little momentum, which was a huge mistake.
Trailing by 18 points at the start of the final period, the Warriors put on an unbelievable offensive display over the last 12 minutes. They ultimately outscored Toronto 42-15 in the fourth quarter on their way to a 112-103 victory that moves their record to 11-8 on the year and gets them another important victory with Andre Iguodala still on the sidelines.
With Iguodala still out, though, it only highlights the immense talent and importance of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson to this Warriors team. Everyone knows by now that the duo might be the best shooting backcourt in the league right now and possibly one of the best in the history of the NBA, but it’s their value in games like the one on Tuesday that sometimes people forget about.
Thompson went 4-5 from long-range in the fourth quarter while Curry netted two big threes as well as a nice shot in the lane in the final frame to help carry the Warriors offense down the stretch. Obviously there were other players that heavily contributed like Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes, but it’s almost always going to be Curry and Thompson that ignite this offense.
The scary thing about the Warriors, with or without Iguodala, is that you can almost never count out this team in any game, no matter how far down they are. They are simply too offensively potent and too deadly from long-distance for an opponent to ever get even close to complacent when facing them. There are still some kinks to work out with this team and they need Iguodala back to help sure up their defense, but their offensive ability clearly makes them a threat to come out of the West this season.