After the Golden State Warriors’ thrashing of the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night, they sent a reminder to the rest of the NBA that they are asserting their dominance.
It was only a matter of time.
A matter of time until the defending champs reasserted their dominance on the basketball court that helped them win back-to-back titles and advance to four consecutive Finals.
On Tuesday night against the Denver Nuggets, the Warriors did just that.
With an explosive and NBA record-setting 51-point first quarter, the Warriors came out guns blazing. Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant came out white hot from the perimeter, to the tune of a franchise-record (per Warriors PR) 10 made triples in the first quarter.
Shot after shot splashed through the net, not just for the three snipers, but for everyone in blue. It was a statement game to put the Golden State Warriors back at the top of the Western Conference standings.
At halftime, the Warriors led the Nuggets 79-60, with the team shooting 61.2 percent from the field and making half of their triples, per ESPN.
“The Big 3” each had four threes made. Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala off the bench helped continue the momentum, making shot after shot, and slamming dunk after dunk.
By the time the final buzzer sounded, the Warriors cooked the Nuggets, 142-111. It was the most points the Nuggets had given up all season. It was Denver’s largest loss of the season to date and before the Golden State Warriors came in and sucked all of the life out of the Pepsi Center, Denver had been 18-3 at home.
Since that disastrous loss at the hands of MVP-candidate, James Harden, and the Houston Rockets, the Warriors have won six straight. They’ve had a four-point win at the Sacramento Kings, a couple of blowout victories against the New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls at Oracle Arena, a small five-point win against the magical Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks and now, a demolition job of the Denver Nuggets and last night’s shootout W over the New Orleans Pelicans.
During their six-game winning streak, the Warriors are averaging 133.8 points per game on 52.0 percent shooting from the field and a smoky 44.3 percent from beyond the arc, per NBA.com. Additionally, the ball movement has been crisp to the tune of a healthy 33.3 assists per game average.
On the defensive side during the win streak, it’s not as though opponents aren’t scoring on the Dubs. Opponents are putting up 115.3 points per game, but the Warriors are holding their opponents to 44.7 percent from the field.
Overall the context of the full season, that would place the Warriors sixth in the NBA in defensive field goal percentage, per NBA.com. Usually, that opponent point mark would be a fine scoring average, except this is quite possibly the greatest offensive team ever assembled. It sure helps Golden State that their point-differential during this streak is 18.5 points.
This just shows the focus, attention-to-detail and hot shooting the Warriors are having to average just over 130 points in their last six games.
If you think that’s scary, wait until the 6-foot-11, 270-pound monster that is DeMarcus Cousins returns for the Golden State Warriors. He adds an element to the team that has been a weakness since this run has started: size.
All of the questions and remarks about the Warriors possibly being vulnerable for the first time in four years should dissipate once the team is on a bigger streak.
They are reasserting their dominance on the offensive end, with everything clicking and needing just a little bit more time to integrate the last piece of the puzzle.
It was a message they had to send with the fantastic years that the Toronto Raptors, Milwaukee Bucks and Nuggets are having. The throne is the Warriors’ and they are not giving it up easily.
Winter is Here, for the rest of the NBA.
It was only a matter of time.