OAKLAND – The Warriors retired on Monday night with their third win in a row against the Orlando Magic 116-110.
This one had a lot of work when the Warriors eradicated an 18-point deficit and overtook Orlando 69-46 in the second half.
Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson combined for 78 points to reinforce the offense, while the Warriors fought a strong defense in the second half of the defense.
Here are three souvenirs from a game that was scarce throughout the last quarter:
Durant and More Durant
With Stephen Curry and Draymond Green out, the warriors are trying to fill a huge void. Someone has to find another level. Durant has taken up the challenge, and has felt comfortable with it in his last three games.
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Durant blocked a few blows, including a spectacular chase against Magic Guard on Evan Fournier's third-quarter comeback.
Durant was in action for 40 minutes over 40 minutes.
He scored in the last three games (41.7 per game) in 42 of 80 shots (52.5.) 125 points percent) from the field.
Hot Klay Burns
Klay Thompson spent three quarters searching in vain for his shot. While Durant scored 36 points, Thompson was the second-highest scorer with 10 points in 4 out of 13 field shootings, including 1 in 5 from the depths.
This explains why the Warriors took fourth place quarters at four.
Thompson found everything he was looking for. He scored 19 points in the fourth quarter in 7 of 10 shootings, including 5 out of 7 from deep. He finished the race 11 points out of 23 with 29 points and 6 points out of 12.
The 19 points connect Thompson's career with the best points in a fourth quarter.
Experienced Tall Men Are a Problem
Even in the era of "positionless" basketball in the NBA, a highly skilled traditional center can do a lot of damage, as demonstrated by Orlando's Nikola Vucevic in this game.
In the late years when the Warriors made their comeback, he was at the heart of the crime of magic. No matter which of the big men the Warriors threw at him – and they tried it with four different players – Vucevic seemed to have a massive man advantage. The 7-foot USC product was 30 points, 12 rebounds and six assists.
Most notable was the relative ease with which Vecevic dominated much of the game. He had his way both within and around him; He put down a 3-pointer just to prove he could.
Only in the fourth quarter, the Warriors solved him, with Kevon Looney violently played defender and almost always received help when the ball found Vucevic.