They're marching through March making statements that go beyond the eyes and minds of nightly opponents to echo throughout the entire NBA.
The Warriors' latest boom heard around the league came Friday night in a 107-84 dismantling of the Grizzlies at the fabled Grindhouse in Memphis. After taking the lead six minutes into the game, the Warriors unleashed the dogs in the third quarter and chased the Grizzlies off their home floor.
The Warriors (59-13) have now beaten every team in the league. They clinched a tie for the No. 1 seed in a Western Conference they've owned since December, tied a franchise single-season record for wins and set a franchise record for road wins (25).
Moreover, they've mashed two major threats in a 10-span. After beating the No. 1 team in the Eastern Conference, the Atlanta Hawks, by 19, on March 18, the Warriors crushed the No. 2 team in the Western Conference, the Grizzlies, by 23.
"We’ve gotten much better with just understanding our purpose out there on the floor," coach Steve Kerr said. "We defend like crazy. We take care of the ball. We move the ball. It’s a pretty simple formula. It’s not that simple to execute, but our guys are doing it really well right now, and that’s why we’re on a good run."
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The Warriors have won 13 of their last 14 games, and the only loss came at Denver when Kerr rested four starters while key backup Marreese Speights was serving a one-game suspension.
With the Hawks already kicked away, the Grizzlies were supposed to represent the new legitimate threat. They were going to test the Warriors on so many levels, from their sheer size up front, with Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph, to their rugged style of play, to their battle-tested roster.
And for a half, the Grizzlies appeared to be dangerous. Then came the third quarter, when the Warriors went on a 15-2 run to hike an eight-point lead to 21. They outscored Memphis 31-16 in the quarter. Threat disarmed, rout on and game over.
"We got a lot of stops and got in transition," said guard Stephen Curry, who led the charge with 38 points – 17 in the quarter – and 10 assists. "We obviously have confidence and time to shoot, and thankfully a lot of them went in the third. It helps when you set a good foundation for how you are getting shots in the first half and then that carries over into the second half.”
Klay Thompson, who poured in 28 points, put the takeover in plain terms.
“Just move the ball; it’s that simple," he said. "Coach told us at halftime if you see an open man, hit him. Be aggressive and get two feet in the paint. Make easy plays. When we do that we’re the best team in the league.”
They've been the best team in the league for most of the season. They have since the All-Star break posted double-digit wins over San Antonio, Atlanta and Memphis. They've beaten the Clippers the Blazers.
The Warriors since January 30 are 13-0 against Western Conference teams – in games when the starters started.
“Our focus is great," Curry said. "Everybody is locked in. We’re not getting too ahead of ourselves. We are in a good spot right now obviously with the standings and having 10 games left and having a pretty good lead on the #1 seed."
The Splash Brothers were fabulous, combining for 66 points on 22-of-39 shooting (56.4 percent), including 14-of-21 (66.7 percent) beyond the arc.
The Warriors used a four-minute stretch, during which they reeled off a 15-2 run, in the third quarter to terrorize the Grizzlies into submission. This is becoming a habit.
The Warriors recorded 15 steals – from 10 different players.
Andre Iguodala's shooting touch, so accurate of late, deserted him. He took 11 shots, missing 10.
Draymond Green had a forgettable first half, committing two quick fouls and then a third, which limited him to five minutes before the break.
Green said the Warriors wanted to make a statement. They did, emphatically so. This has been a wonderful month, and the timing is good. They're rolling into April, probably wishing the playoffs could start next week.
Why not? They've run out of statements to make in the regular season.