Fans knew it was coming. Head coach Don Nelson knew it had to come. Now, it has officially arrived. Jamal Crawford, Golden State Warriors' newly acquired guard last month, helped the Warriors snap a five game losing streak with a 50-point performance. The Warriors defeated the Bobcats with a 110-103 final score.
Crawford is currently one of eight active players in the NBA who have scored 50 points in consecutive games.
But tonight, Crawford's performance was not the only factor that led to a much needed win this squad ached for. A collective performance gave this team a valuable win on the road.
In addition, not only did this win arrive on the road, it was attained without the Warriors' leaders in Stephen Jackson (injured hand) and Corey Maggette (injured Hamstring).
The Warriors played a complete game with excellent performances coming from Kelenna Azubuike, Ronny Turiaf, Andris Biedrins, CJ Watson, and Marco Belinelli.
Azubuike played his best game in a Warriors' uniform, scoring 21 points and inhaling 13 rebounds, including a key offensive rebound in the fourth quarter.
Turiaf, as well, was crucial in this win as he showcased his best defensive performance of the season, while playing a couple of screen-and-rolls with Crawford. The Frenchman had six rebounds to go along with his five assists.
Turiaf and Biedrins coupled together on the court may not be Don Nelson's favorite combination, but it's the most effective.
Biedrins, who fouled out in the last 28.9 seconds of the contest, was at his greatest with his vital put backs. Biedrins had 11 points, nine rebounds, and three assists. It is noted that the Latvian center was continually harassed by Bobcats' center Emeka Okafor, but the referees failed to make the correct call.
Watson and Belinelli displayed an impressive "defensive" game tonight as well. The two combined for 18 points.
On the other hand, starting power forward Brandan Wright was scoreless as he was plagued with early fouls.
A day after Nelson made assistant Keith Smart and Sidney Moncrief defensive coordinators, the Warriors' defense looks MUCH improved!
- Biedrins looks extremely effective in the post and constantly shows his improvement on the defensive end.
- Turiaf and Biedrins seem a highly effective combination on the front line. Consequently, if Nelson has that "ache" to trade Wright or Anthony Randolph, the Warriors will have to receive a good backup power forward or center.
- Azubuike was, in my humble opinion, the best player in a Warriors' jersey tonight. Much like Crawford tonight, Azubuike was offensively "unconscious" tonight.
- Belinelli's performance in the last two weeks has shown that his four years in Italy payed dividends.
- Watson took a hard blow from guard DJ Augstin in the final quarter, but was quick to get up. He's a tough player.
- Crawford scored his 50 points against Raja Bell, one of the best perimeter defenders in this league.