The Golden State Warriors are currently the hottest team in the NBA. They entered tonight’s game against the Washington Wizards as winners of eight straight and struggled on the road in the first half, entering halftime tied with the Wizards at 58.
But after the halftime break, the Warriors blew the Wizards right out of the arena and left DC with a 112-96 victory and a ninth straight win. The Warriors went on an 11-0 to open up the quarter and actually held the Wizards to only seven points in the first 10 minutes of the quarter and only 15 overall.
When healthy, the Warriors are right in consideration as the best team in the Western Conference. The Splash Brothers were on point tonight, going 7-for-14 from three point range. However, most of the damage tonight was done by Klay Thompson. He led the Warriors with 26 points and Stephen Curry added 10 assists. The Warriors are dangerous because Curry has never had so many weapons at his disposal, as he is averaging 9.6 assists per game.
The Warriors also have a healthy Andrew Bogut and David Lee on hand, which will make all the difference in the playoffs. Lee posted another double-double in tonight’s win, but the real difference between last year’s Warriors and this year’s squad is the presence of Andre Iguodala. The team now has a defensive identity, and Iggy is not there to put up a ton of numbers, but he is there to lock down the other team’s best player.
John Wall shot only 4-of-11 on this night and was held to 14 points. With Iggy on the prowl, the Warriors’ defense has only allowed one 25 point scorer during the nine game streak.
The Warriors were a fun and exciting team last year, but this year, Mark Jackson‘s squad is a complete team. With the Splash Brothers on the wings, Bogut and Lee on the block, and Iguodala wreaking havoc on the defensive end, the Warriors are one of the best three teams in the West and this current streak of nine games further proves it.