Perhaps feeling a bit complacent, they came out flat and watched the Raptors take a surprising 36-19 lead after the first quarter. Stephen Curry had just three points after the first half, and things only got worse in the third quarter when the Warriors’ deficit ballooned to 27 points. DeMar DeRozan was simply unstoppable at times and scored a team-high 26 points. The Warriors kept fighting, though, and managed to cut the deficit to 18 points at the end of the third. From there, they took complete control of the game.
You may think you know the biggest NBA fan…or, perhaps, you think you deserve that distinction yourself.
Everyone has their moment, impassioned by the play of their favorite player(s) on their favorite team(s) while watching their favorite sport. Some fans are crazy and have fits of rage when their team doesn’t play to their expectations. Others, however, may be more subdued when facing . They’d rather turn off the television and go to bed before seeing the end of the game if their team is losing.
Some fans enjoy a great game, regardless of who is playing.
However, the greatest fans—in any sport, but especially in basketball—are likely the guys who have committed their lives to it…the players, themselves.
There is a lot of excitement in the Bay Area regarding the Golden State Warriors, who are atop the Western Conference alongside the San Antonio Spurs — their opponent tonight in a nationally televised game.
(The Warriors are 5-point underdogs, which seems a bit much for me. I also like the over 204 — not that I am wagering or anything.)
The missing link for this team has been Andre Iguodala, whose offense has been spectacular for a team averaging more than 110 points per game. Every member of the ‘Dubs starting five is shooting over 50 percent from the field, and Klay Thompson has been unreal from 3-point range.
Day 3 of the 2013-14 NBA regular season featured two games between second-tier title contenders in each respective conference. The Chicago Bulls survived the New York Knicks by a score of 82-81 in the East, and the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Golden State Warriors 126-115 in a high-scoring affair that saw Chris Paul score 42 points and Stephen Curry drop 38.
If you’re looking for impressive numbers, search no further than CP3′s legendary performance.
Chris Paul’s Big Day
If you’re even remotely familiar with the NBA, you know that Paul is one of the best players of his generation. From his six All-Star Game appearances to his two seasons leading the league in assists to his five years leading the NBA in steals, CP3 has carved out a career as a future Hall of Famer.
Just two games into the 2013-14 season, Paul became the first player in NBA history to record at least 40 points, 15 assists and five steals in a single game. Steals were first recorded in 1973-74.
Paul torched Golden State for 42 points, 15 assists and six steals. In turn, he became the eighth player since 1985-86 to pick up at least 40 points and 15 assists.
The others were Clyde Drexler, Tim Hardaway, Allen Iverson, LeBron James (twice) and Kevin Johnson.
This marks the 13th time that Paul has produced at least 25 points, 10 assists and five steals in one game. Since Paul was drafted in 2005, no other player has achieved that feat more than six times—less than half as many as CP3.
The player to do it six times was the recently retired Iverson.
Paul has now put up at least 25 points and 10 assists in 66 games and at least 30 and 10 in 26. In 2012-13, however, Paul saw his scoring prowess take a back seat as he looked to facilitate before he shot. Under Doc Rivers’ guidance, it appears as if Paul is prepared to be a more aggressive player on both ends of the floor.
That’s bad news for the rest of the NBA.
- The Knicks are 1-9 against the Bulls since acquiring Carmelo Anthony.
- Derrick Rose is 11-of-38 through two games back, but hit his first game-winner of the season just two games in.
- During the season-opener, Klay Thompson of the Warriors finished with 38 points and Curry scored 10. During Golden State’s second game, Curry tallied 38 and Thompson scored 10.
- Blake Griffin finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block. It was the 91st time in 230 games played that Griffin has posted at least 20 points and 10 boards.
- Andre Iguodala finished with 14 points, 11 assists, four rebounds and two steals. This comes after he went off for at least 10 assists in just four games during the 2012-13 season.
- After going off for 17 points and 11 rebounds in his first game of the season, DeAndre Jordan had nine points and 17 rebounds in his second game.
Carter-Williams finished his regular season debut with 22 points, 12 assists, seven rebounds and nine steals on 6-of-10 shooting from the field and 4-of-6 from the arc as the Sixers pulled off a shocking 114-110 upset. If you’re impressed by those numbers, don’t stand up just yet – Carter-Williams was so good that he will sweep you right back off of your feet.
MCW set an NBA record for steals in a first career appearance. The old mark was six.
Furthermore, Carter-Williams posted the highest number of assists in a career debut since 1985-86. It’s the second-highest mark for any player making their career debut in NBA history.