Breakfast Special: The Golden State Reformation

Here’s to the restoration of NBA order, as the Golden State Warriors, behind 29 points from Stephen Curry and 28 from Klay Thompson, shot 55.2 percent from the field, got a triple-double from Draymond Green (17 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists), held Houston to 17-of-50 (34 percent, and wait, 50 three-point attempts?!) from long range, and won the game 124-114.

Eric Gordon had 30, Gerald Green added 29 off the bench, and Chris Paul had 28, and if you want to go for a fourth, Clint Capela had 15. That accounts for 102 of the Rockets’ points.

The rest of the team? 12 points on 4-of-18 (22.2 percent) shooting. You’re not going to get anything done if your team’s not moving the ball and getting everyone involved.

So even though you could use the excuse that the Rockets didn’t have James Harden, they got 87 from their top three scorers and still lost. Harden or no Harden, that’s a bad beat.

Stat of the night? The Warriors have never lost a game where Draymond got a triple-double…

Let’s go ahead and make him the man of the match:

And how about the Splash Brothers getting it done:

10-of-19 from three between them. Solid stuff.

One of Those Thunder Type of Games

Oklahoma City, when they get the best from their Big Three, are borderline unstoppable.

Despite the Clippers’ defense trying to force Carmelo Anthony into isolations and get the Thunder playing that vile form of basketball that staked them to a losing record earlier in the season, Melo wasn’t biting, the team got Russell Westbrook and Paul George involved, and that’s a recipe for simply overpowering your opponent, which the Thunder did in a 127-117 win.

Westbrook had a triple-double with 29 points, 12 boards, and 11 assists. PG13 had 31 on 12-of-16 shooting, while Melo added 22 on 9-of-12. That’s quality.

Overall, the Thunder shot 53.7 percent from the field, 44.1 percent from three, and they did this despite atrocious ball movement that netted only 23 assists on those 51 made shots.

DeAndre Jordan had 26 points and 17 boards for the Clippers, while Blake Griffin added 27. They’re looking a bit more like the fringe playoff team that they’ve become, even with this game ending in a loss.

Highlights from PG13’s big night:

A Thunder player wearing number 9 and getting stuffs? Yes, please:

And the triple-double man:

And Finally…

It’s Friday, and you know what that means. That’s right, it’s Shaqtin’ a Fool:

My vote absolutely goes to the referees in that Knicks-Spurs game. C’mon, man.

The Statistical Tests article is moving to Mondays next week; it gets schedule slipped way too often on Sundays. So stay tuned for that, and thanks for reading!