1) Ugh, what a classic Oakland finish. After three quarters of rousing play, the Warriors didn't score for six of the last nine minutes of the game and simply came undone. Fatigue again probably played a factor.
2) Very impressive game from Anthony Randolph. He garnished a career-high 28 points on 22 shots with 13 rebounds, five assists and no turnovers in 35 minutes. Perhaps the best game of his career to this point. And he handled Dwight Howard (17 points on 11 shots, 8 rebounds) about as well as anyone could. Randolph still takes too many 20-foot jumpers, but he drove more this game than he had in previous games.
3) Monta Ellis continues to amaze, with 33 points but the toll of 40+ minutes every game shows in his fouls committed (5 tonight) and in his turnovers (7 tonight, and averaging 6.3 over the last seven games).
4) Nellie's Smallball for much of the game seemed to be...working? Ellis, Curry and Watson shared the floor for much of the game, and played well
5) Corey Maggette: 11 points on...one made basket. How modest.
6) Overall, nice game. Golden State forced Orlando to play to their style, and almost came away with a huge, huge win. Orlando should have won this by 30 points.
7) On a very personal note, I was in Orlando about month ago, and I have to say, it is a sweltering, oppressive place. For one, it is the most dangerous place in America to be a pedestrian. More insidiously, the smiling face of Mickey is everywhere, and the area is surprisingly expensive.