Draymond night closes out one hell of a week for the Warriors

Green just misses triple double as Golden State takes care of A.D. and the Pelicans

Karl Buscheck
October 31, 2018 - 11:21 pm

After drawing an and-one that left Anthony Davis facedown in the center of the paint, Draymond Green stormed over to the corner of the floor directly opposite the Warriors bench, stopped, and flexed both biceps for the crowd.

It was one of the final flourishes on what was a wild seven-day stretch for the back-to-back champs. After a week’s worth of games that featured otherworldly performances from Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, it was only fitting that it would end with a Draymond night.

16 points. 14 rebounds. 8 assists. 1 block.

“I thought he was probably the best player on the floor tonight,” head coach Steve Kerr said.

“I know other guys had some big point totals, and all that,” Kerr continued. “But this was not a very clean game for us and when the game gets a little grimey, it seems to be when Draymond’s at his best. So, we needed his grit, his rebounds, his defense.”

A week before the Warriors handled the the New Orleans Pelicans, 131-121, on Halloween night, Curry ignited Oracle Arena on what otherwise should have been an ordinary Wednesday evening.

Curry went for 51 — in just 32 minutes — as he flushed 11 triples against the Wizards.

On Friday, the Warriors landed in New York. A billboard greeted Durant, the top target on the Knicks’ offseason wish list.

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Durant responded with 41 — 25 of which came in the fourth quarter as KD turned the lights out on the city that never sleeps.

A couple nights later and one borough over, the Warriors took the second game of the trip, 120-114 over the Brooklyn Nets. Curry and Durant combined for 69 points.

Then on Monday in Chicago, on a night when Klay Thompson wore a giant yellow headband, to stem the blood after a collision with Damian Jones, the Splash Brother delivered a record-setting night.

52 points on 14 3-pointers, the latter of which broke Curry’s old record for most triples in a game.

“I looked like Jackie Moon out there,” said Klay Thompson, referencing the popular basketball comedy “Semi-Pro” starring Will Ferrell. “I was feeling good, and he’s one of my favorite characters in all of sports movies, so it’s part of why I broke the record.”

Oh, and he did it in 27 minutes.

One of a kind.

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From on-court celebrations to locker-room support, no one was happier than No. 30.

“Before I went out in the second half, Steph looked at the box score and said, ‘Go get it.’”

Kerr knows that Curry always wants the best for Klay — and he loves the competition.

"I think part of it too is Steph's happy that the bar is raised because he's going to go and get 15,” Kerr told Damon Bruce on 95.7 The Game.

Thompson walked through the player’s parking lot at Oracle donning a Flint Tropics jersey, headband on, spinning a basketball on his finger.

For Green, no costume is required — Halloween or otherwise.

"I just think Draymond's always like that," Durant said. "The moment he wakes up on that game day, he's going to display that energy and effort."

That's just how he wakes up — especially after ending up on the defensive second team last year.

"I'm all in every night," Green said. So, yeah. Absolutely. I'm pissed. Second team all-defense. That's disrespect."

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