More on Saturday’s victory …
MVP: Jarrett Jack
MDP: Klay Thompson
He is the most disappointing player because he didn’t have it on either end. He was 3 of 13 shooting and had a tough time keeping up with J.J. Redick. To be fair, Jarrett Jack spent quite a bit of time defending Redick. But that was largely because Thompson wasn’t owning the matchup as he should have.
KEY MOMENT I: In the final minute of the first quarter, the Warriors had a chance to salvage a hideous start and go into the second quarter down just a point or tied. But Jack missed a jumper late in the shot clock and E’Twaun Moore answered with a pull-up from 18 feet.
On the ensuing possession, with the final seconds ticking away, Jenkins missed an 8-footer. Carl Landry — who has been struggling of late — got the rebound inside, right in his wheelhouse. His first attempt: blocked by Magic center Gustavo Ayon.
YEAH, WHAT HE SAID: “We didn’t expect to go undefeated the rest of the way. We’ve had a great run. This team beat us tonight. We made some mistakes. We missed some shots. We missed some assignments. They key is for us not to allow a loss to take us back to where we once were. I have total confidence in this group that we will continue to make strides to being the team that we’ve been. Our identity will be the last five games and not (how we played against Orlando). We take it and move on.” — Warriors coach Mark Jackson
COACH’S CORNER: Not exactly a gem for Mark Jackson. You can certainly question his decision to stay in Miami another day, but I think that’s overrated. More pertinent was he couldn’t seem to push the right buttons to get the Warriors going.
Oddly, though, with Orlando’s physicality and length hurting the Warriors again, Festus Ezeli played just 12 minutes.
Why not run Biedrins out there? It’s not like he would’ve ruined the offense. But he probably could’ve matched the activity of the Magic bigs. In a game like that, when its clear your regulars don’t have it, maybe an unconventional move is in order.
What I really think might have been a good jump starter? Put Bazemore in and let him pressure full court
KEY MOMENT II: A 3-pointer by Stephen Curry cut Orlando’s lead to 34-31 with 5:25 left in the first half. Then the Magic took off.
They scored three straight baskets inside and Nicholson drew a foul on the fourth attempt. The rookie then blocked Lee’s layup on one end an nailed a 17footer on the other, pushing Orlando’s lead to 43-33 in a three-minute span.
Three more baskets inside, the Magic’s lead was up to 49-33. The 15-2 run in essence is what did the Warriors in.
TELLING STAT: The Warriors took 92 shots, which is 10 above their average of attempts per game, and still only managed 85 points. They shot 37.7 percent. Oddly enough, they weren’t just jacking 3s like crazy either (7 of 20). Golden State (39) actually took more shots in the paint than Orlando. (37). But the Warriors missed 22 shots inside as the Magic set a season-high with 11 blocks.
SERIOUSLY?: Nicholson looked like an all-star. He had 15 points on 6 of 9 shooting with 9 rebounds and four blocks in 24 minutes
MAGIC COACH JACQUE VAUGHN: “Andrew can score the basketball … They tried to go small and I thought it was an advantage for us to try and throw it into the post for Andrew.”
KEY MOMENT III: Down 18 with just shy of six minutes left, the Warriors showed a little life. A Thompson 3-pointer followed by a Lee layup highlighted a 6-0 Warriors run, leading to a Magic timeout.
But you really had to sit up in your seat after the Warriors got a stop and an Jack pull-up to cut it to 93-83.
After two looks at the basket, Orlando failed to score on its ensuing possession. Uh oh. The Warriors had the ball and about two minutes left. Could they?
After Jack dribbled out the clock and wound up hoisting a 3, the answer was clear: NO.
BEFORE YOU GO: Lee now has at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in six straight games (and seven straight road games). The last Warrior to pull of either was Nate Thurmond. During the last six games, Lee is averaging averaging 24.2 points on 57.8 percent shooting with 13.7 rebounds.