Warriors' third-quarter explosions have arrived at Chase Center


During their dynastic run, third-quarter blitzkrieg's were almost a nightly Warriors tradition. Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green would toy with their opponents in the first half before flipping the switch and wiping them off the court in the third quarter, sending Oracle Arena into a frenzy.

Those third-quarter explosions didn't materialize over the past two seasons, as the Warriors worked to reignite their dynasty.

However, 10 games into the 2021-22 season, it appears Warriors third quarters are indeed back.

Following Monday's 127-113 win over the Atlanta Hawks at Chase Center, the Warriors are now plus-94 in the third quarter this season, including outscoring the Hawks 41-20 in the third stanza Monday.

These third-quarter blitzes have included some ridiculous runs from the Warriors. Golden State went on a 13-0 run against the Hawks, an 18-2 run against the Houston Rockets, a 25-8 run against the New Orleans Pelicans and a 14-1 run against the Charlotte Hornets.

Golden State's third-quarter surges also have energized Chase Center, which is experiencing these blitzes for the first time in the building's young existence. Curry has noticed his new coming alive as the Warriors flex their third-quarter muscles.

"Yeah, Chase is starting to pick up a spirit of its own," Curry said Monday after the Warriors' win. "It's an unfair comparison to Oracle, but we're trying to put ourselves in position to win games and protect home court where we can develop a new identity of what this building means in terms of home-court advantage.


"We had three championships in that building. We want to try to get one in here but it's a work in progress, and it does make a huge difference having a sold-out arena and that buzz and energy. You talk to the opposing players who come in, and they've been on the other side of that, feeling pretty comfortable coming into this building the last couple of years. They have noticed how much of a difference it makes."

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After dropping 50 points in their win over the Hawks, Curry and the Warriors now are 9-1 and sit atop the Western Conference standings early in the season.

While Warriors third-quarters appear to be back, Golden State has to rectify its second-quarter issues, as the Warriors are minus-28 in the second frame.

If Curry and the Warriors can iron out their second quarters, then they will be hard to beat, especially if one of their biggest weapons truly is back in the arsenal.

Dread it. Run from it. Warriors third quarters arrive all the same.

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