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Golden State Warriors win over Orlando Magic amid Draymond Green’s ejection

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POST-GREEN EJECTION WIN. The Golden State Warriors survive past the Orlando Magic, 101-93 in Orlando, Florida on Wednesday night (Thursday, March 28, Philippine time). STEPHEN CURRY X PHOTO

The Golden State Warriors overcame the early ejection of Draymond Green to secure a hard-fought 101-93 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night (Thursday, March 28, Philippine time) in Orlando, Florida.

Despite a challenging start that saw Green ejected just 3:36 into the game for disputing a foul call, the Warriors rallied behind stellar performances from Andrew Wiggins and Stephen Curry to secure the win. Wiggins, in particular, showcased his scoring prowess, pouring in 23 points, including 13 in the crucial fourth quarter, to propel the Warriors to victory.

Curry, although struggling with his shot throughout the game, came through when it mattered most, knocking down the final two baskets of the game—a driving hook shot with 1:09 remaining and a clutch 3-pointer with 34 seconds left—to seal the win for Golden State. 

Despite shooting just six of 18 from the field, Curry still managed to contribute 17 points and 10 assists, demonstrating his ability to impact the game even on an off-shooting night.

The Warriors’ defensive effort played a crucial role in their victory, as they held the Magic to just 93 points, a night after limiting the Miami Heat to 92 points in another win. Despite facing adversity without Green and the injured Jonathan Kuminga, the Warriors found a way to lock down defensively and secure the victory.

Curry said they found a way to fight to the end and get a win, citing their defensive efforts, staying focused, talking, and rebounding.

While the Magic made a late push to narrow the gap, led by Cole Anthony’s 26 points and Paolo Banchero’s 15 points, their efforts fell short against the determined Warriors. Orlando struggled with missed free throws and poor shooting, shooting just 3 for 22 in the first quarter and ultimately falling behind by as many as 17 points in the game.

Despite the challenges they faced, the Warriors showed resilience and composure to secure the victory, improving their road record to 20-15 and continuing their pursuit of playoff positioning in the Western Conference.

Green’s ejection was unfortunate, according to Warriors coach Steve Kerr, saying that he’ll bounce back.

Despite the setback, the Warriors demonstrated their depth and determination, showcasing their ability to compete and win under adverse circumstances.

With the win, the Warriors moved one step closer to solidifying their postseason aspirations, while the Magic look to regroup and bounce back from the defeat in their next outing. 

As the season progresses, both teams will look to build on their performances and continue competing at a high level as they navigate the challenges of the NBA landscape.

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