There were some shaky spots in the fourth quarter, but the Warriors stepped up at the right moments to hold off the sharp shooting Raptors team. As usual, Chris Bosh had his way and Jose Calderon was able to dribble anywhere on the floor.
Despite solid play by Toronto, the Warriors won thanks to an incredible shooting night. They not only shot 50% from the field, but 50% from three point range as well. Marco Belinelli has continued to show more confidence, not only in his three point shooting (5/8 tonight), but willingness and ability to set up his team mates. (6 assists) The Oracle crowd chanted "Rocky, Rocky" as he shot and made critical free throws in the final minutes, referring to Marco's resemblance to Silvester Stalone. Marco is growing into a terrific NBA player before our eyes and I'd hate to see him get traded. It will be interesting when everyone is healthy. Ellis, Crawford, Maggette, and Belinelli will have to share minutes.
The Warriors have played with more energy after the win over Boston. It has certainly been an off year, but the W's have been on the road more than any NBA team up to this point in the season. After winning three of the last six games, this young team is discovering how to play together. The Warriors will be home for most of January and February. We know the Oracle can be a tough road game for any opponent when the fans smell a win. Monte could be back very soon and the play of the young Warriors makes for some things to get hyped about. Perhaps a winning month in January?