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Three observations after Warriors finish road trip with win over Timberwolves

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Tonight concluded a four-game road trip that was not the most distinctive trip in the Warriors’ season, nor the longest. But with tonight’s win, it was one of the most vital, with a couple Kevin Durant-less and DeMarcus Cousins-less games bookending either side of the trip. It provided a chance for Andrew Bogut to make his return, and gave opportunities for role guys who have slipped down the pecking order.

The 117-107 win over the Timberwolves sends the Warriors back home a half game clear of the Denver Nuggets atop of the Western Conference. Here are three observations from tonight’s game:

Curry hits 300 (again)

In addition to a tremendous bounce back game (more on that below), Stephen Curry hit a milestone which he’s made commonplace for himself: 300 3-pointers on the season.

The only other player in the league with more 3-pointers than Curry this season is James Harden, who with 316, leads Curry (303) by just 13, despite Curry missing eight more games this season. Harden has taken an astounding 890 attempts (35.5 percent shooting from 3-pt) compared to Curry’s 706 attempts (42.9 percent shooting from 3-pt). At this point, Curry trails only Reggie Miller and Ray Allen in all-time 3-pointers made.

Jerebko gets his

After receiving a triplet of DNPs in three of the last four games, Jonas Jerebko clearly didn’t feel like sitting on the bench again. Tonight, he finished with 18 points as the Warriors’ third-leading scorer for the game, and had 14 points in the second quarter alone:

Jerebko played 18 minutes and scored those 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting, 3-of-4 shooting from 3-point range, and a perfect 3-of-3 from the free throw line along with four rebounds. It’s his highest points total since the season-high 23 he poured in over the Dallas Mavericks on December 22 and the first time he’s logged 18-plus minutes since February 28 against the Orlando Magic.

“Take the bad with the good, now let’s play”

Last night featured some abysmal shooting from two of the greatest shooters in NBA history. Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry were woefully inefficient, combining to finish with 39 points on 14-of-43 shooting from the field (32.6 percent), and 10-of-27 shooting from 3-point range (37 percent).

But Curry and Thompson are two of the most easy going, on-to-the-next-one driven players in the NBA. They’re notoriously even-keel regardless of an off night, an attitude succinctly captured by Slug of the Minnesota rap group Atmosphere on “The Best Day.” As Slug rapped, “Take the bad with the good, now let’s play.”

Both players rebounded tremendously, and led the team in scoring on plus-.500 shooting nights.

Curry finished with 36 points (12-of-21, 8-of-14 from 3-pt), 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 2 turnovers, while Thompson turned in 28 points (11-of-21, 4-of-10 from 3-pt), 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 1 block and 3 turnovers. Kevin Durant’s 17 points (on an efficient 7-of-13 shooting with 9 assists), was a result of the load being shouldered by Curry and Thompson, which all came as a result of tremendous ball movement:

 

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