SAN FRANCISCO – The minds at the top of the Golden State Warriors are gazing at tomorrows, specifically those coming after May 19.
The hearts of those that actually take the floor are on today, though, and there is no better example than what unfolded before the disbelieving eyes of the nation on Christmas Day.
The Warriors won a game they were supposed to lose on merit. A game for which some, with a certain agenda, would have gracefully accepted defeat. But no. They went for it, exploiting Houston’s psychological fragility, putting the NBA’s leading scorer, James Harden, in a straitjacket, constantly nudging Russell Westbrook toward his discomfort zone and taking down the Rockets.
With a 116-104 victory before an ecstatic sellout crowd at Chase Center, the Warriors posted, according to ABC, the biggest Christmas Day upset in 30 seasons of NBA play. It was their third consecutive win and easily the most impressive of the season.
“We were playing a great team on Christmas Day and we’ve been through a tough first half of the season, or third of the season,” coach Steve Kerr said. “Mostly, I’m happy for the players. I’m happy for our fans. This is a Christmas present for them, because they are here every night cheering for us.
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