OAKLAND -- It was playoff basketball. That's how the Warriors approached the Phoenix Suns, in beating them 113-107 on Sunday night. The Warriors played serious basketball. Hard. Relentless. Beautiful basketball.
Sure, the Warriors fell behind by 12 points, but it was a mere early phase, like adolescence. The Warriors always were in the game, always were poised to make a move on their division rival, the Suns who started the game one spot behind them in the playoff hunt, the Suns hungry, the Suns good. The Suns not good enough.
So, linger over the turning point, the moment the Warriors took over.
After playing from behind, after walking in mud for 2 ? quarters, they took the lead, 74-73, with 7:05 left in the third quarter on a Klay Thompson 3-pointer, the stroke perfect, the arc perfect.
After another lead change, the charge began, the Warriors' charge so familiar by now. Thompson coming off screens and hitting jumpers just like that, David Lee laying in the ball with his right hand no less, Lee driving to the hoop and dishing off to Draymond Green. Dunk. The crowd going nuts. Everything so easy. The world a lovely place.