Golden State Warriors 102 Final

Recap | Box Score

101 New Orleans Pelicans
David Lee, PF 39 MIN | 6-14 FG | 7-7 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 19 PTS | -4Lee didn’t have the best of shooting nights but he made all his free throws — that counts — and his seven rebounds were second on the team behind Jermaine O’Neal. Lee only made one shot outside the paint, but with Anthony Davis spreading his wings down low that’s almost understandable. Now, does this mean Lee post-ups in the fourth quarter are acceptable? Not at all. The Warriors moved the ball beautifully in the first half and once again sputtered in the second half with constant isolations and numerous turnovers. Whether this is Mark Jackson’s doing or Lee’s, it shouldn’t be a common occurrence.
Harrison Barnes, SF 39 MIN | 6-12 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | -7Maybe someone relayed to Barnes that he doesn’t have to take midrange jumpers every time down the floor? Barnes consistently drove to the rim Tuesday night and made great use of his athleticism on both ends of the floor. Barnes also limited the already offensively challenged Al-Farouq Aminu. A solid night from the second-year forward.
Jermaine O’Neal, C 26 MIN | 9-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 18 PTS | -4I’m not sure what was more impressive, JO’s night on the court or his interview with Jim Barnett afterwards. JO had a season-high in minutes, points and rebounds tonight and was often the go-to guy in the post. Coming off a strained groin and bruised knee, O’Neal reminded everyone what he used to be with a throwback performance and his best game as in a Warriors uniform. In the most dire of circumstances — with two starters out — JO came to play on both ends of the floor. Should we expect similar output in games from this point on? No, but it’s a sign of what he’s capable of giving you in limited minutes off the bench.
Stephen Curry, PG 42 MIN | 7-20 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 9 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 16 PTS | -2Another off shooting night for Curry, but once again it’s his presence that opened it up for others on the offensive end. Curry got looks, but give credit to Jrue Holiday who shadowed Curry very well all night long. Curry improves upon his assist totals as well with eight on Tuesday night, giving him the eight most in the league this season (98).
Klay Thompson, SG 43 MIN | 8-18 FG | 3-6 FT | 5 REB | 8 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 22 PTS | -2I don’t need to say that Thompson benefitted from Curry’s presence because this can be said every single night. But, Thompson led the team once again in points and quietly dished out eight assists. More impressively, Thompson limited Eric Gordon on the defensive end to 16 points on 6/12 shooting. While these may be impressive numbers for some, Gordon has the ability to put up huge numbers and is a very gifted scorer. Thompson continues his impressive defensive display and has constantly been matched up with the opponents best scoring threat. Another solid all-around effort.

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Looking ahead: Warriors now head to Dallas for the second leg of a B2B tomorrow night. They round out this Thanksgiving week with a matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday and back in California on Sunday for a game against the Sacramento Kings.

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