Lately, the Warriors have faced a disproportionate number of flawed, injured opponents. That said, lately, the Warriors have looked fearsome while feasting on the weakened.
The ball has never moved like this. Golden State set a record with 47 assists on 53 made baskets. That’s a franchise record for assists, and the most since Phoenix had 47 in 1991. Their 88.6 percent assist rate is the highest in league history for a team with more than 50 made field goals. Draymond Green led all players with 11 assists, Steph Curry had nine, Kevin Durant five. Patrick McCaw and David West each had four, for crying out loud.
The Warriors were motivated and when they are motivated, they are terrifying. Remember how dominant they looked vs. Russell Westbrook and the Thunder (who were also on a back-to-back)? The Lakers are one of two teams to beat the Warriors, and Golden State came out determined to rectify that issue. They came out with focus, firepower and intensity on both ends. Throw together a little Splash Brother magic, some great passing by Draymond Green (and Zaza Pachulia) and you have how this went down.