The hot hand was contagious for Dubs when they splashed against a 137-90 victory over the Hornets on Sunday night at the Oracle Arena.
The doubles shot 21 to 33 from the distance and Splash brothers Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 11 of these races, while Quinn Cook made five of his six distance attempts in a game winning the Warriors with 47 points, their biggest margin of the season's victory.
The doubles have been known to make singular game changes, Sunday's offensive brilliance was quite consistent for the whole game. The warriors scored 35, 36, 34 and 32 points in each quarter, while they shot at least 60 percent in each of the first three quarters. The Dubs ended the game with 41 assists, Dub's third game with at least 40 helper this season – the rest of the NBA has combined for three 40-assists games this season.
Thompson started the game hot for Dubs, scoring the team's first nine points. Curry started it and both he and Thompson were combined for 21 of the team's first 25 points. Each Splash Brother would score 12 points in a first quarter that saw Dub's shoot 60 percent off the floor. Curry would end up with a high 25 point game and his five 3-pointers marked the eighth straight game where he made at least five treys.
Curry made his five in eight tries and Thompson was even more efficient by going 6-in-9 from a distance of 24 points. Thompson's last 3 pointers gave him 1,788 3-pointers of his career, moving him past Rashard Lewis (1,787) for 16th place on the NBA's all-three-year list.
If the first quarter belonged to the Splash Brothers, the second period belonged to Cook. He did all five of his shot attempts during the period, including 3-for-3 on 3-pointers. The cook would continue to make a career-high five 3-pointers, and his 21 points marked his eighth 20-point season of the season.
A 13-point game with just over two and a half minutes left in the first half, the Dubs broke the game open with a 22-2 race that bridges the second and third quarters. Thompson attached 3-pointers to three of Dub's four possessions during that stretch, and the Warriors actually scored three of their first four possessions in the third quarter. Dubs would go 9-in-11 on 3-pointers alone in the third quarter, and the route was on.
The double is now 52-24 in the season, and owns a one-match ability at the Western Conference position over the Denver Nuggets, which only happens to visit the Oracle Arena on Tuesday.
More notes from Sunday's victory.
- The warriors managed the Pacific Division for the fifth consecutive season and earned their seventh division title since the NBA began using the current division format 1970-71. Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr joins Pat Riley as the only coach to win the Division Titles in each of their first five seasons as head coaches, by Elias Sports Bureau … The warriors join the Lakers as the only law to win the Pacific Division in five on each other the following seasons, which the Lakers completed from 2007-08 to 2011 -12.
- Golden State improved to 52-24 (.684) in total and 27-11 (.711) at home … The Warriors won their season series with Charlotte 2-0, which swept the season series for the fourth time in the last five seasons .. Golden State has won nine of its last 10 matchups with Charlotte.
- Warriors 47 points win marks their biggest profit margin this season and the fifth largest profit margin in franchise history.
- The warriors knocked out 41 a ssists (a shy of their seasonal high scores) and improved to 3-0 this season when the 40-plus plays. Golden State recorded his 34-year-old play of 30 or more assists (41 tonight) and holds a record of 30-4 in these games.
- Warriors shot 60 percent or better from the field for the third time this season (3-0 in those games). The warriors published their NBA best 20th game in the season that shot 50 percent or better from the field while knocking out 30 plus help (19-1 in the races).
Warriors shot 63.6 percent from three-point range, the best three-point percentage with at least 30 trials in franchise history … Tonight, only the fifth time going back to the 2014-15 season, Golden State shot 60 percent or better from three. The warriors made at least 20 three-point baskets (21-of-31 3FG) for the fifth time this season … Tonight marked Golden State's 11th shooter 50% or better from the back (11-0 in the games) this season.
- Golden State improved to 12-2 when scoring 130 plus points this season.
- Warriors are now 9-0 this season when they hold their opponent to less than 100 points after holding Charlotte to 90 points, two points shy of their opponent's seasonally low score (88 on March 16 in Oklahoma City). The Warriors improved to 75-5 since 2014-15 when they held their opponents under 40%.
- Golden State occupied a 59-season season off the bench (formerly: 56 January 11 against Chicago).
- Warriors will be the next host of the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night at the Oracle Arena (7:30 PM PDT).
- With a capacity of 19,596 Golden State played its 329th consecutive sell, the longest strike in franchise history.
- Stephen Curry raised a game-high 25 points (8-14 FG, 5-8 3P, 4-4 FT) … It was Curry's eighth consecutive game with at least five 3-pointers, a new career High Streak … Curry did not play in the fourth quarter and marked the 10th time this season he did not see action in the fourth quarter.
- Klay Thompson scored 24 points (9-16 FG, 6-9 3P) … Thompson (now with 1788 career 3-pointers) passed Rashard Lewis (1,787) for the 16th at the NBA's all-time career 3-pointer made list.
- Quinn Cook played his second 20-point outing of the season (eighth career) with 21 points in 8-by-13 from the field (5-of-6 3FG) … Chef took a career-high bond five-made treer.
- Kevin Durant knocked out a game-high binding nine assists and is averaging 8.0 per game over the past four games.
- Draymond Green recorded a game-high binding nine assists, adding eight points in 29 minutes of play.
- Jonas Jerebko made 14th in the 14th time this season and ended with 12 points.