Warriors punctuate road trip with Steph-Draymond sorcery

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Warriors punctuate road trip with Steph-Draymond sorcery originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

The Warriors had been on the road for eight days when they straggled into Frost Bank Arena in San Antonio on Sunday. This was the end of a five-game trip, most of it in the eastern time zone, and the fatigue was evident in the first half.

When the frisky young Spurs, with sensational rookie Victor Wembanyama in the middle, shot better and posted a decisive rebounding advantage, the Warriors headed into the locker room to ponder an eight-point deficit.

The halftime pondering, much of it by leaders Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, landed upon highly productive adjustments.

It took a little more than three minutes for the Warriors to go on a 14-0 run, taking a six-point lead they never lost in crafting a 117-113 victory, punctuating the trip with a fourth consecutive win to put them six games over .500 (40-34) for the first time this season.

“We did what we had to do,” Curry said. “The Minnesota game was a tough way to start the trip, with [blowing a lead] in the fourth quarter. We feel like we let one go.

“We responded well. The teams we played, those are the ones that you have to win to keep yourself in the fight. We did that. No style points, really, for any of it. But you get out of here with four wins and keep the momentum rolling.”

Golden State’s third-quarter turnaround, yielding a 37-21 advantage, was a direct result of the long and fruitful symbiotic relationship between Green and Curry.

Green scored nine quick points that gave the Warriors the lead and, moreover, built momentum that carried them through the quarter. His second half: 14 points, seven assists, five rebounds, four steals and a plus-16 over 17 minutes.

“I thought I needed to be aggressive,” Green said on NBC Sports Bay Area’s “Warriors Postgame Live.” “A couple of those [drives] I got turnovers in the first half. Vic was baiting me into passing and then falling back. So, I knew coming out in the second half that if I drove at him, I had to be aggressive, get into his body and negate his shot blocking.

“And then on the…

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Publish date : 2024-04-01 04:42:00

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