The Warriors finally looked like they had some fun on Thursday night, though there was a logical explanation: The Orlando Magic were in town. The Warriors got well very early against the Magic and stayed healthy the whole way in a 122-92 blowout at Oracle.
It was the Warriors’ second straight victory, but the win they were coming off of was a very ordinary, very shaky 106-104 win over Philly. Golden State has lost five of their past nine overall. But it looks like the Warriors may be coming out of their slump as they were having fun, moving the ball and knocking down shots.
Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 29 points and Stephen Curry had 25. Curry has been mired in a 3-point shooting slump the past eight games and that continued against the Magic, with him going 2-for-7 from beyond the arc. In his past nine games, Curry is 25-for-96 from 3-point range (26 percent).
Everything else was solid, though for Curry, who hit most of his two-point shots as well, finishing 8-for-15 from the floor, and handing out nine assists and committing just two turnovers. For what it’s worth, the Warriors clinched the Pacific Division crown with the win — for the third consecutive year.
It was kind of a Bad News Bears type of night for the Magic. For example, coach Frank Vogel called five timeouts in the first half, none of which ever really helped in terms of changing momentum. Also, how’s this for a weird one: Orlando received a technical foul for having six players on the court … after a timeout. Yikes!
The Warriors (54-14) moved 1.5 games ahead of the San Antonio Spurs in the battle for homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs.