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Warriors shock Magic despite Draymond Green’s ejection
Steph Curry delivered the dagger to send Orlando packing
>ORLANDO, FLORIDA – MARCH 27: Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State
Warriors argues with a referee before being ejected during a game
against the Orlando Magic at Kia Center on March 27, 2024 in Orlando,
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Danny Emerman is a Bay Area News Group sports reporter
By DANNY EMERMAN | | Bay Area News Group
PUBLISHED: March 27, 2024 at 6:25 p.m. | UPDATED: March 28, 2024 at 3:22

ORLANDO, Fla. — Steph Curry keeled over with his hands on his knees. He
tugged the neck of his jersey over his red face, visibly upset that his
long-time teammate got himself tossed.

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Draymond Green, the Warriors’ embattled defensive star, got ejected less
than four minutes into Wednesday night’s game for arguing with official
Ray Acosta.

But Curry and the Warriors recovered from the early, Green-imposed
drama. In fact, they never trailed after Green headed to the locker room.

In a tight fourth quarter, Andrew Wiggins dropped 13 points and Curry
(17 points, 10 rebounds) celebrated a step-back 3 that clinched a 101-93
victory. On the second night of a back-to-back, when everything could’ve
gone south, the Warriors (38-34) pulled out a win over the contending Magic.

“It was a gutsy effort in tough circumstances,” Steve Kerr said after
Golden State’s win.

With 8:24 in the first quarter, Green earned his fourth ejection of the
season — and his first since returning from his indefinite suspension.
Kerr said that Green “deserved” the ejection, and that he’s confident
he’ll bounce back. The coach recently praised Green for balancing
competitiveness and composure, and said Wednesday night’s behavior
doesn’t change that.

The Warriors were already short-handed even before losing Green, as
Jonathan Kuminga was unavailable due to tendinitis in his left knee — an
ailment Kerr considers minor. It was only the second game missed from
Kuminga, who has emerged as the closest thing the Warriors have to a
dependable secondary scorer next to Steph Curry. Kuminga has averaged
16.3 points per game and cracked double-digit points in 49 of his past
51 games.

Yet without both Kuminga and Green, the Warriors somehow wrestled
Orlando into an extended submission. Immediately after Green jogged to
the locker room, Golden State went on a 21-2 run. Paolo Banchero’s and-1
— the play Green lost his composure at with 8:24 left — was Orlando’s
last made field goal of the opening quarter.

Orlando’s clanks added up to a 3-for-22 shooting start. Golden State
held Orlando to 11 points in the first quarter, their second best
defensive frame of the year.

Much of their success was simply Orlando missing clean looks. But the
Warriors were bringing a physicality that appeared to give the Magic
issues. Gary Payton II, in particular, flew around the court like a
wrecking ball.

“We had to lock in, get his back, go out there and play with the energy
he’d have,” Payton said.

Orlando’s offense looked stagnant, with too many isolations and midrange
jumpers. On one possession, Anthony Black bricked a layup and Mo Wagner
airballed a fadeaway jumper in the paint. Golden State didn’t make major
adjustments, just committed to communicating, gang rebounding and
playing tough on-ball defense.

One night after holding Miami to 37 points in the second half, the
Warriors limited the Magic to 37 in the first half. Miami shot 30.4%
from the field. Not a single player on either team cracked double-digits
in the first 24 minutes.

For the Warriors, it was a strong half that ended on a low note; nobody
ran back on defense as Banchero leaked out for a wide-open dunk in the
waning seconds.

But the Warriors didn’t let that sour note bleed into the second half.
Curry found a slice of rhythm in the third and Trayce Jackson-Davis put
pressure on each rim.

Jackson-Davis, his fellow rookie Brandin Podziemski, and the
always-ready Moses Moody came up big. A Moody offensive rebound in
traffic led to a Klay Thompson second chance 3. To end the third
quarter, Jackson-Davis stuffed Cole Anthony at the rim. He and
Podziemski combined for 23 rebounds.

Both teams shot under 30% from 3 as the Warriors entered the fourth with
a 72-66 edge. Then, suddenly, the low-scoring slugfest’s dam broke.

Wiggins scored eight straight points for the Warriors, going
back-and-forth with Magic guard Cole Anthony. Wiggins aggressively got
downhill to answer a Franz Wagner whirling finish, then Moody followed
up a miss for a putback slam.

Green had long been in the locker room, but the Warriors were playing
with his fire. They sandwiched a Banchero 3 with a Thompson triple and
Wiggins and-1.

The Magic cut Golden State’s lead to one late, but buckets inside from
Payton II and Curry provided a late cushion. Then Curry drilled a
dagger, step-back 3.

In the far left corner, Curry gestured his patented “night-night”
celebration. He hasn’t been able to break it out much recently, if at
all. When he got back to the Warriors’ bench, he kicked a chair in his
heightened state of emotion.

But on a night that nearly went off the rails in the beginning, Curry
put the Warriors on his back, and on track.

“That’s what the great ones do,” Payton said of Curry. “He turned it on.”

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