The Golden State Warriors’ record, best in the NBA and borne out of a wealth of championship-caliber, speaks for itself.
But as the Warriors continue to march toward what has become an annual trek toward the NBA Finals, Golden State’s supporting cast and defensive efforts are beginning to draw as much attention as its star-studded cast.
The Warriors, who have won three straight, will carry a 20-3 road record — including 13 straight wins away from home — into Wednesday’s game against the surging Chicago Bulls. The Bulls have also won three straight and have only picked up steam since guard Zach LaVine made his season debut last week.
The Warriors (36-9) continued to roll as they finished off a season sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday. Golden State’s aforementioned reserves help fuel a strong fourth quarter when the Warriors used a 20-6 scoring run to finish off a 118-108 victory.
While Golden State’s mainstays continue to steer the ship, the Warriors bench has held up its end as well. The combination of David West, Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala bolstered the Warriors victory Monday, which was sparked by Kevin Durant, who scored 32 points to go along with 23 by Stephen Curry and a near triple-double by Draymond Green (11 points, 16 rebounds, nine assists).
But when the Warriors needed a late boost, it was their bench that made a difference.
“It’s amazing,” Durant said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “That’s just what happens when you have culture and when our coach (Steve Kerr) empowers everybody on the team.”