The Golden State Warriors strode to 112-94 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night, a game which marked the return of four-time All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins.
The defending champions put on quite the show, extending their dominance over the Western Conference while Cousins recorded 14 points in 15 minutes before fouling out of his first game back.
Steve Kerr's side had very little difficulty claiming the win. But they went on an odd dry spell, according to the broadcasters, who found it necessary to point out that the Dubs had completed an 11-second stretch without scoring a field goal.
Why they chose to point that out is really quite bizarre as one possession is more than twice as long. But it could probably be because the Warriors are just that good.
The bigger story, though, came in the form of Cousins' performance. The center hit three of his four attempts from beyond the arc and shot 5-11 from the floor to announce his return.
"Felt like a kid on Christmas," he declared after the game. "It's been a long journey. This is probably one of the best days of my life."
Kevin Durant was left quite impressed by what he saw from the big man before he fouled out of the match.
"He was great tonight," Durant told reporters. "I like that he gonna keep people on us at the 3-point line. I like that he was running the floor, he set a screen. I mean he just played his game -- 15 minutes, he had 14 and 6. You turn that to 25 minutes, that's an easy 20 and 10. I like where he's going, good first step, and hopefully he keeps moving forward."
What This Means
In relation to Cousins and his debut, things look extremely bright for the defending champions and there's really no ceiling on them with the former Pelicans star in the mix.
As for that 11-second drought notice, it may have simply been an error. But, who knows? The Warriors are held to a certain standard nowadays, they shouldn't go that long without scoring.