If you tuned in at the end of the first quarter, your eyes were not deceiving you. For the first time since Dec. 28, the Golden State Warriors did not have a lead after the opening quarter (they had led in 17 consecutive home games). However, they ended the game in their usual fashion -- with an impressive win.
Behind Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, who each put up more than 30 points, the Warriors extended their NBA-record home winning streak to 51 games with a 114-98 victory over the Clippers on Wednesday night.
Curry breaks out of slumps
Curry came into the night with two slumps. He had been held under 20 points in consecutive games for only the second time this season (Dec. 23 and 25) and was struggling from the 3-point arc, hitting only 3-of-21. Curry was able to end one as he finished with 33 points. It was his NBA-leading 35th game this season with at least 30 points. And he got back to hitting 3s at a decent rate, making 4-of-10 from beyond the arc. Curry also had a strong night on defense as the Clippers were 0-for-8 on 3-pointers when Curry was the primary defender, the most misses against Curry from beyond the arc this season.
Thompson gets a helping hand
Thompson, who finished with his 15th game with more than 30 points this season (he had 32), benefited from some razzle-dazzle passing. On the night, he was 11-of-15 shooting directly off a pass from a teammate but 1-of-6 when creating his own shot. Thompson is shooting 29.7 percent this season when creating his own shot, the third-lowest percentage on the Warriors. Only Brandon Rush and Marreese Speights have a lower percentage on such shots.
Warriors like 15 and 30 and 25, too
The Warriors continued their success when hitting their magic number: 15. They are now 107-0 since the start of last season if they take a 15-point lead at any point in the game. Another magic number the Warriors have found seems to be 30. They are now 6-0 this season when Curry and Thompson each score 30 or more. And each time they've done it, it has been against a playoff team. There's one more number to keep in mind, 25. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Golden State has won its last 33 regular-season games dating to February 2015 in which Thompson scored at least 25 points. That's the longest such streak in NBA history. The next-longest belongs to Gail Goodrich, who was on the winning side in 30 straight 25-point games for the Lakers in 1971–72.
The Warriors moved to 33-0 at home and continue their chase for the 1995-96 Bulls' record of 72 wins on Friday night when they take on Dallas.