Warriors Christmas Rewind: Draymond Green, Damion Lee lead upset over James Harden and Rockets in 2019
After losing to the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA season opener, the Warriors will travel to Milwaukee on Christmas Day for their first win of the 2020-21 season.
Before picking Giannis Antetokounmpo and the bucks, Warriors Wire deals with memorable matchups, outstanding performances and everything else in between from the Warriors on Christmas Day.
December 25, 2019
While a prime-time Christmas game usually marks the start of a long run to the playoffs for the Golden State Warriors, 2019 was a different story. Without Klay Thompson and Steph Curry, the Warriors could only claim eight wins before the Houston Rockets hit town on Christmas Day.
Despite being a tough underdog, the Warriors recorded one of their best performances of the season. After falling behind in the first half, the Golden State defense kept them in the game against James Harden, Russell Westbrook and the Rockets.
The Defensive Unit, led by Draymond Green, limited Harden to only 24 points in 9-of-18 shooting with 11 assists and six ricochets. In 38 minutes, the Golden State defense held Harden for only one free throw attempt.
On the offensive, all five Golden State starters scored double digits, with three different warriors scoring 20 or more points.
D'Angelo Russell and Draymond Green scored 20 points each, while Damion Lee reached 22 with 15 boards at career height. Green also finished the game with a double-double on 11 boards with three assists and one block in 33 minutes.
The combination of defense in the second half and inspired efforts from Lee and Green helped secure Golden State's best win of the 2019-20 season (116-104).
Check out the full highlights of the Warriors win on Christmas Day on YouTube:
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Damion Lee surprises the fans with a Christmas present: 22 points, 15 rebounds
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