The Warriors basically could not afford to lose on Monday night. A loss would have left them tied with Minnesota for seventh in the West, with a relatively challenging five-game road trip starting Wednesday. As you might have heard, the Warriors are basically the Process Sixers on the road, going 7-26 away from the Chase Center this season. They’ve also been plagued by slow starts, home and away; according to the ESPN broadcast, the Warriors were -107 in the first quarter in their past 12 games. Some urgency, lacking all year, was necessary.
As it turned out, the Dubs rose to the occasion.