Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Warriors beat Raptors for first road win

The Warriors won their first road game of the year on Monday over the now 1-6 Raptors. It was a game they should have won. The Warriors got out to big lead in the third quarter, but almost gave the game back to the Raptors with some sloppy turnovers.
Monta Ellis and Steph Curry carried the offense and combined for 62 of the Warriors 109 points, David Lee and Andris Biedrins combined for 21 of the Warriors 42 rebounds, but the bench provided some strong minutes.

Brandan Wright had his best game of the year so far as he scored 8 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, and blocked 2 shots in 21 minutes of play. Wright used his long reach to contest shots and gave the Warriors a nice defensive presence while Biedrins and/or Lee rested.

Jeremy Lin's stats 3 points, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocked shots in 15 minutes, don't do him justice. He gave the Warriors good play from the point guard position and showed he can put pressure on defenses and dribble penetrate.

There was a bitter side to the sweetness of the W's first road win. Monta Ellis left the game in the fourth quarter and didn't return. The NBA's leading scorer landed awkwardly on an attempt to drive to the rim, hyper extending his knees and landing on his back. CT scans show Ellis has a lower back strain. Reports list Ellis as day to day.

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