The Golden State Warriors' starters didn't have their most prolific scoring game last night.
Sure, they shot the ball very efficiently (21-for-42), but they didn't get to the line a ton, and Stephen Jackson, Baron Davis, Monta Ellis, Al Harrington and Matt Barnes combined for a sum total of 58 points, with only Ellis and Jackson breaking into double figures.
The opposing starters put up 61 points, and after getting 35 more from the bench, the visiting Bobcats put up 96 points for the game.
The cool part? It didn't matter one bit to the Warriors. Because they were plus-31 on the night.
Last night's contest in Golden State featured a clinic in team depth.
The Warriors' bench shot an astounding 25-for-42 from the field, complete with a 5-for-7 effort behind the three-point line. Four players -- Kelenna Azubuike, Mickael Pietrus, Andris Biedrins and C.J. Watson -- went for double figures, two finishing with 15 points and two with 11. The seven reserves who played combined to shoot 14-for-16 from the foul line and turn the ball over just five times.
Meanwhile, the Warriors' horses focused on chilling.
No, really. Only Monta Ellis played more than 30 minutes. With the exception of Stephen Jackson and his 29 minutes, nobody else on the roster played more than 24.
The starters built a sizable lead right from the get-go. The reserves came in and kept the heat on. The squad cruised as one whole unit.
That, folks, is a team effort exactly the way team efforts were meant to be made. Keep runnin', Dubs!