Against the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night, they were even more
Curry and Thompson outscored Magic counterparts Jameer Nelson and
Arron Afflalo 43-8 with equal doses of long-range marksmanship and
suffocating defense, leading the Warriors to a 103-89 victory.
"That's how we have to play the rest of the year," Curry said of the
Golden State duo's defense on Nelson and Afflalo, each of whom shot
2-for-7. "On both ends of the court, win our battles. If we do that,
we'll be in good shape."
Led by Curry and Thompson, the Warriors rode a barrage of
third-quarter 3-pointers to a comfortable win that was accomplished
without the services of starting small forward Andre Iguodala (right
knee tendinitis) and centers Andrew Bogut (left ankle inflammation)
and Jermaine O'Neal (rest).
The Warriors went 6-for-8 from beyond the 3-point arc in the third
period while extending a 10-point halftime lead to as many as 24.
Curry had 10 of his 23 points in the quarter and Thompson 13 of his
20 as Golden State completed its first season-series sweep of
Orlando in 22 years.
"That was the best we've moved the ball in consecutive possessions,"
Curry said of an 18-0 flurry that turned a 57-51 game into a
blowout. Both guards contributed a pair of 3-pointers to the burst,
with Thompson assisting on both of Curry's jumpers.
"We were finding the right guy," Curry said. "We turned down good
shots for better shots."
Curry hit three of his six 3-point attempts in the game, and
Thompson four of his five as the Warriors overcame a 2-for-11 start
from long range to finish 10-for-27. Backup guard Steve Blake
contributed the other three treys to account for a majority of his
Power forward David Lee added 20 points as Golden State (43-26)
recorded its first regulation-time home win over Orlando since 2006.
Lee completed a double-double with 10 rebounds, helping the Warriors
gain a 44-40 advantage in that department even in Bogut's absence.
"A quality win for us," Jackson said. "Really pleased with the way
we got after it. We were very unselfish and did a great job of
sharing the basketball."
The win in the opener of a five-game homestand was the Warriors'
seventh in nine games.
Meanwhile, the Magic (19-49) lost its sixth in a row and remained
winless on the road this season against Western Conference
Orlando will get three more cracks at Western sites this week as it
completes a four-game trip. Tuesday's loss was the 31st in 35 road
games for the Magic, which has the league's worst road record.
Orlando is 4-21 overall against Western teams.
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"They do a good job of playing with each other, passing the
basketball," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said of the Warriors. "I give
my guys some credit. We came to play and did some good things."
Center Nikola Vucevic led five Magic players in double figures with
15 points. Backup forward Tobias Harris had 14 points, small forward
Maurice Harkless 12 and power forward Kyle O'Quinn and backup guard
Victor Oladipo 10 apiece for Orlando, which outshot the Warriors
45.5 percent to 45.1 overall but was outscored 30-12 from 3-point
"It's hard to score over and over again against set defenses,"
Vucevic said. "It is a lot easier when you get stops and get
fast-break points. We had to take the ball out of the net almost 10
straight times, and it is hard to keep a good rhythm offensively
when that is happening."
The Warriors began to distance themselves from the Magic late in the
first half, using a combined 29 points from Lee (16) and Curry (13)
to go into halftime with a 57-47 advantage.
Orlando hung within 45-41 with 4:59 remaining in the half. The
Golden State defense then forced four turnovers in the Magic's next
six possessions, and Lee had three late hoops as the Warriors gained
their 10-point cushion entering the break.
NOTES: Warriors guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson have combined
for 400 3-pointers this season. ... The Warriors announced before
the game that SF Andre Iguodala, who sat out Tuesday night, would
miss at least the next two games because of tendinitis in his right
knee. ... Backup C Jermaine O'Neal was given a rest by Warriors
coach Mark Jackson, who explained, "I was getting my Pop on," a
reference to San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich's penchant for
resting his veteran players. ... The Magic won six of its previous
seven games in Oakland before Tuesday. ... Orlando fell to 2-25 in
games played on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. It is a
respectable 17-24 in games played on Wednesdays, Fridays and
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