Apart from Steph Curry's 38-point barrage, the Warriors didn't have their typical lethal offensive game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 1 of their first-round NBA playoff series.
The Dubs were sloppy early on Saturday night. They missed shots, turned the ball over and allowed the Clippers to take the lead midway through the second quarter, with Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell tearing them apart with the pick-and-roll.
Los Angeles' success on the offensive end didn't last, though. While the Warriors turned the ball over at a concerning rate on the offensive end, the defense stepped up and suffocated the Clippers, helping the Dubs take a double-digit lead into the break at Oracle Arena.
Golden State cruised in the second half, with Curry's 38 points serving as the cherry on top of a 121-104 win.
While the offense gets all the publicity, Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown believes it's the defense that rescued them in Game 1.
"I tell you what, that's what saved us this game," Brown said on NBC Sports Bay Area's "SNC: Warriors Playoff Central." "We were a little flat offensively, turned the ball over, but our defense was tremendous throughout the course of the game. Our defense played hard, and because of that, [we] were able to get away with a double-digit lead. And like what you said, Andre [Iguodala], Kevon Looney, their numbers weren't great statistically, but they were big for us on the defensive end of the floor. Huge."
Even when the shots aren't falling at the normal clip, the Warriors are nearly impossible to beat when they are locked in on the defensive end.
Just ask the Clippers.