With the 2021 Golden State Warriors, you never know what you’re going to get.
On Monday night, the NBA got a surprise — as did the Los Angeles Lakers, after the Warriors came back from down 19 points to stun the defending champions, 115-113, after LeBron James traveled twice in the late going and missed a potential game winning shot as time expired.
I mean, this win was so unlikely, I think everyone was surprised. Except the Warriors, we assume.
“We found a little resilience. Our second unit was unbelievable,” Curry told TNT. “Kelly Oubre played his best game of the year … Everybody chipped in and we weathered the storm against a championship-caliber team. Big wine for us.”
Here’s the audio clip of those comment with a bit more insight from Curry’s interview after the nationally televised game.
Oubre was indeed outstanding, with 23 points on 9 for 18 shooting and game-changing defense. Though it took Draymond Green a bit to get going, he looked like his old self in helping the Warriors come back, playing stout defense and hitting two late layups.
Andrew Wiggins made a huge impact too, with three consecutive third quarter 3-pointers. Reserve Eric Paschall helped keep Golden State afloat, with 18 points in 19 minutes, as Curry had a slow start.
But Curry stole the show late. Though he hit just three 3-pointers, one was this incredible dagger in crunch time.
And to punctuate Curry’s statement about everyone chipping in, the team tallied 31 assists, sharing the ball like championship teams of year’s past. Next up for Golden State as they continue to rebuild a playoff-caliber team is a date with the Spurs on Wednesday, followed by some more favorable match-ups.
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