Warriors Reaffirm Status as Playoff Contenders with Win over Spurs

D.J. O'ConnorSenior Analyst IIIFebruary 23, 2013

OAKLAND, CA - FEBRUARY 22:  Jarrett Jack #2 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates after he made a three-point basket in the fourth period of their game against the San Antonio Spurs at Oracle Arena on February 22, 2013 in Oakland, California. The Warriors are wearing new short-sleeved uniforms for the first time.     The Warriors won the game in overtime. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The Golden State Warriors have made that nasty six-game losing streak look like a thing of the past as they have now won two straight games, including an overtime 107-101 win at Oracle Arena Friday night against one of the best teams in the NBA, the San Antonio Spurs.

Coming into this game against the Spurs, the Warriors had won just one of their past seven games—and it was against the Phoenix Suns, which isn't saying much with all due respect to the Suns. During that skid the Warriors were playing horrible defense, giving up an average of over 115 points per game.

Also with the losing streak, the Warriors could have panicked and made a trade with a gut reaction and set the team back by trading Harrison Barnes or Klay Thompson, but wisely resisted that idea.

In the overtime win over the Spurs the Warriors looked like their former selves before they lost six in a row.  

David Lee looked like an All-Star as he scored 25 points to go with his 22 rebounds. Jarrett Jack was back to his old ways of being the best "sixth man" in the league as he scored 30 points and was lights out in clutch situations as he put the Warriors ahead on their last possession of regulation.

The defense was also back as the Spurs were held to 101 points in four quarters plus a five-minute overtime period.

What is remarkable about the Warriors' win is that not only did they beat the top seed in the Western Conference, but they did it without Andrew Bogut. Bogut was ruled out indefinitely with back spasms, but at least it isn't his ankle acting up again.

This was the Warriors' first win against the Spurs since January 7, 2008. That season was also the last time the Warriors were a playoff contender, as they missed the playoffs in a crowded Western Conference despite a 48-34 record.

With this win over the Spurs, the Warriors have made it safe to say that they are back to being a true playoff contender like they were the last time they beat the Spurs.

Maybe the Warriors should wear those new short-sleeve jerseys more often.