Harrison Barnes' 24-Point Performance Shows That He's Warriors' Biggest X-Factor
The Nuggets entered this game with a 24-game winning streak at home, but the Warriors were able to end that, winning 131-117 to even the series at 1-1. Barnes went off in the game scoring 24 points on 9-for-14 shooting while adding six rebounds as well.
The play of Barnes was definitely a big reason the Warriors were able to win Game 2. In Game 1 of this series, Barnes went 3-for-4 from the field and only scored eight points for the game. The Warriors went on to lose 97-95. In fact, the Warriors have now won eight straight games when Barnes scores at least 10 points, including the win on Tuesday night. The Warriors are also 26-10 when Barnes has scored in double figures.
The hot streak seems to have started in November, when Barnes was averaging 10.4 points per game on 45.9 percent shooting. That was after a rough December where he averaged only 7.8 points per game while shooting only 38.1 percent.
By getting Barnes to find his shot, the team as a whole does better. The hot streak by Barnes left other players open on Tuesday night, as Stephen Curry, Jarrett Jack and Klay Thompson all scored over 20 points in the win as well.
Barnes was also able to make a pretty big impact on the defensive side of the ball. He spent a lot of time guarding Wilson Chandler, who struggled on the night. He finished with 14 points, but on only 4-for-15 shooting. Chandler is usually a much more efficient scorer, shooting 46.2 percent from the field for the year.
Who will be the most important player for the Warriors in the playoffs?
In the first game without Lee, it seems like Barnes did a pretty good job.
The Warriors are hoping that Barnes can keep playing like he did Tuesday in order to help the team pull off the big upset against the Nuggets. As the No. 6 seed, it is certainly no easy task taking down the No. 3 seed, especially when they finished with a 57-25 record in the regular season.
It appears that Barnes is showing signs of becoming a true star in this league, even if it is only in flashes. However, those flashes prove why Barnes is the true X-factor on this team.
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