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Recap: Warriors 135, Wizards 128 - GSoM Rocked the House!!

Does it really get better than this? A big Warrior win and 350 GSoMers all in one place. First, I have to give a big thank you to everyone who showed up, you made the event special and a night I won't forget. For those of you who couldn't make it, we wish you were there. That was an amazing night and definitely the loudest I've ever heard the arena. In a regular season game with playoff implications, the crowd noise was deafening with screams and loud bangs of the thunder sticks. I wonder what the arena would be like in a playoff game. The sold out Oracle was truly one last night.

Now to the game...

This was a matchup of the 2nd (Washington) and 3rd (Golden State) highest scoring teams in the league. So I expected some fireworks and I sure got some. The Warriors played very little defense in the first half as the Wizards got a lot of open shots. They put up 73 points in the first half! The Warriors scored "just" 64 and took a 9 point deficit to the locker room. With about 3 minutes to go in the 2nd quarter, the Warriors were down by just 5 but that quickly ballooned to 12 as the Warriors struggled to close out a quarter. They were actually lucky that the deficit was only 9 as Barnes hit a 3 with 24 seconds remaining. The lack of any passion on defense had me worried that it was going to be like that all night long.

The Thunder Sticks were handed out at the half and we went crazy with them

I'm not sure what Nellie told them at the half but this game was won in the third quarter. The Wizards outscored us in every single quarter except for the 3rd. Look at the 3rd and the Warriors outscored the Wiz 38-21. Here's what I saw. The team was causing havoc with the Wizards offense. They got in the passing lanes and deflected a lot of passed. They forced a lot of turnovers and were able to convert those at the other end with easy shots on a fast break. Their activity on defense also forced the Wizards into some bad shots and were able to contest many others. As a result the Wizards didn't shoot nearly as well in that period. But it's not enough to just make the shots difficult, you have to rebound and that's what the Warriors did. At the 8:19 mark of the 3rd quarter, the Wizards went 1-5 from the field and had 6 turnovers. This allowed the Warriors to storm back and take a 78-75 lead. Unlike the 2nd quarter, the Warriors closed this quarter strong. The game was tied at 90 with 3:31 remaining. That's when Baron took over. He knocked down 2 three pointers, 2 free throws, and got Biedrins a dunk. He contributed on 10 of the Warriors next 12 points and the Warriros took a 102-94 lead into the 4th.

GSoM getting crazy in the 4th

The 4th felt like a back and forth game as the Warriors would pull ahead by double digits only to be brought back by some deeeeeep three's from Arenas. The Wizards eventually cut the lead to just two at 126-124, but the Warriors held on from there with a big three from JRich, a 3 point play from Baron, and a Biedrins dunk. The Warriors didn't let the refs decide this one, they won this one outright. Game Over.

The Youngsters
Monta was on last night with 24 points, 8 boards and 4 steals. It's amazing how well he finishes his drives. He's got such great body control that even when he looks like he's in an awkward position, he can still put the ball in the bucket with ease. He really has this uncanny ability to change direction in mid-air to adjust to the defender and finish his drive. Last night was just one of those nights where he makes a difficult layup looks easy.

Biedrins did a great job too of finishing. He's been doing it all year, but last night it felt like he made everything. He shot 10-14, many of those on dunks. He just elevates so quickly and uses his body well to shield the ball from the defender that he really doesn't get blocked often. Combine that with his nice footwork and understanding of how to space the court and you get these great nights from him. 24 points and 12 rebounds to go with 5 assists as he anchored the middle for 45 minutes.

Ejection Jackson
So much for my prediction that Stephen Jackson would have a big game. He gets T'd up for arguing a foul call on him and then gets T'd right after for arguing even more. So he gets ejected in the first quarter. Was it because he was struggling early on? I mean 4 turnovers in after 3.5 minutes is probably extremely frustrating but there's no need to lose your cool on a foul. It seemed like every time he touched the ball he lost it. It's very disappointing to see him blowup like that and it worries me. He's supposed to be the guy who's been through the playoff race before and can show this team how to win down the stretch. Instead, he's getting kicked out on a foul call. The Warriors need his defense and ball handling ability in the game, not in the locker room.

What can I say? The man played one of the best games I've seen him play. In the preview I wrote that he couldn't get caught up in a battle with Arenas. They sure did battle but the reason he played so well was because it wasn't just a battle of him and Arenas. He had the team running on all cylinders. He took over when he had to by knocking down big shots and dished the ball when he had to get everyone involved. He showed why he's the leader of the team. He nearly had a triple double, 34 points, 15 assists, 9 boards, and 4 steals. Combine that with the fact that he shot 10-16 and got to the line a ridiculous 14 times converting 11 of them. He was constantly on the drive and didn't settle for jumpers. The outside shots he did take were open and really played within the flow of the offense. This is the Baron that we all know and love. This is the Baron that can take us to the promised land. This is our MVP.

Only if Baron celebrated with us in section 205-207

Random notes from the game:

  • M-V-P!

    I was sitting next to MVP for the 4th quarter and had a good time talking to him. Cool guy, especially when he hooked me up with some thunder sticks. So when the crowd started chanting M-V-P I thought he had 18,000 fans.

  • So this girl throws up in my row (row 2) while I was away from my seat at halftime. Then she sits there next to it and tries to deny it wasn't her. Who in their right mind would sit next to someone else's vomit? Whatever you were smoking or drinking you need to stop and not clear out an entire row who paid for those seats. Sorry I just had to rant about that. That was the only downer on the night.
  • Rich from Dream League hooked us up with some dope T-shirts. If you don't know what Dream League is, it's a non-profit Asian-American basketball league committed to improving the lives of inner city youth. The next season is starting up in mid-April. Atma and I have a squad but we didn't do so well last season. Definitely check it out. If you sign up, we just might ball against each other.
  • Definitely the loudest and most energetic people at the game. I walked over to section 205 and looked up. We had rows 10 and above. Guess who the only people standing were during the exciting 3rd and 4th quarters? Yup rows 10 and above. Same with section 207. I was in section 206 and nearly everyone was on their feet. The Warriors need to get us a permanent spot in the lower bowl so the players can really feel our energy.
  • You probably saw us wearing the GSoM Night t-shirts. They were hot right? Unfortunately, we couldn't sell them inside or near the arena so we couldn't get them to everyone who wanted one. We still have 30 available and you'll definitely want one to remember last night. So if you want a t-shirt, send us an email ( with the subject "GSoM Night T-shirt" and we'll ship you one for $20. The t-shirt is the same price, $20, but we'll pay for shipping.

The 350 folks from GSoM definitely get the Warrior Wonder for the game. We cheered hard for that team and they came through. That was the most fun I've ever had at a Warrior game. Thank you to everyone who showed up. We gotta do this again.

Also check out: Recap Part II: Warriors 135, Wizards 128 - GSoM In the House!!

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GSoM is Unstoppable
Congrats, guys--it was an awesome event.  I heard that girl booted right in her seat because she couldn't bear to miss any of the exciting action.  Section 206 was the loudest corner of the arena even before all those thunder sticks.

When can we get tickets for GSoM night '07-08?

by jgurney on Mar 24, 2007 10:46 AM PDT   0 recs

Super hyphy!
Oh ma word- best game I've ever been to in my life! Thank you all.

Make sure to email us any pictures you have from the game and GSoM Night as soon as you can. I'll put up a recap part deuce later today.


by Atma Brother ONE on Mar 24, 2007 10:48 AM PDT   0 recs

This is my first post here and I just wanted to thank you guys for organizing the event last night. I went with a couple of my friends and we were on our feet for the entire 2nd half. Also want to give a shout out to whoever called KNBR last night and brought up GSoM on the radio. Im pretty sure it was Damon Bruce who was complimenting the site.

Parking - $15
Tickets - $20
Cheering and losing my voice with 350 Warrior fans - Priceless

by VanZeppelin1984 on Mar 24, 2007 11:05 AM PDT   0 recs

Too bad Bruce didn't feel the same way about Stephen Jackson.

by John Patrick on Mar 24, 2007 12:45 PM PDT to parent up   0 recs

Crazy night ... crazy game
Fans made it one of the best games ever ... we have to do this more often!

by YaoButtaMing on Mar 24, 2007 11:14 AM PDT   0 recs

what a game
Thank You. Sorry I couldn't get to talk to you guys. I was waiting for my friends to get back with food at halftime to go down and talk to you guys but then that guy came in and started throwing out those t-shirts and bam bams. He didn't even throw a single t-shirt within 10 feet of me even with like 100 shirts. Did you guys tell them to start throwing stuff at us?

by DaAzNJRiCh on Mar 24, 2007 11:40 AM PDT   0 recs

No voice left over from last night
Good game. Good time. Great fans! Thanks to all of you for coming out!

by Hash on Mar 24, 2007 11:44 AM PDT   0 recs

I'm glad I didn't go, now. Thundersticks are so lame. They make me want to eat a baby.

Playoffs in '07, baby!

by coma on Mar 24, 2007 12:37 PM PDT   0 recs

I've always felt the same way about thundersticks, but this was the first time I ever got to use them. Man I was wrong, they're a ton of fun and really create a loud, charged atmosphere.

by SkipT on Mar 24, 2007 12:55 PM PDT to parent up   0 recs

But what if they were GSoM thunderstix?

Looked like everyone had a blast. You could definitely hear how loud the place was on TV.

Got revenge on Gilbert for now, metrosexual shoes and all. Seriously, is there some kind of pop-art showcase or something going on where his sneaks tie into?

Is Gilbert a hypebeast who wears full print pastel colored hoodies in his offtime?

by back2back51s on Mar 24, 2007 1:28 PM PDT to parent up   0 recs

we shoudl have a

by djchuckdeez on Mar 24, 2007 12:45 PM PDT   0 recs

that was amazing. thanks everyone for making this a memorable night.

There was a dude towards the top of section 206, who cheered everytime the wizards scored, but we gave him a piece of our mind and he went home humbled in the end :)

too bad the damn clippers whooped on the jazz, hopefully the wizards can beat them tonight

by sluggah316 on Mar 24, 2007 12:47 PM PDT   0 recs

I think Atma and I sat behind you guys for a while. Were you the ones telling him to go home?

by Hash on Mar 24, 2007 1:12 PM PDT to parent up   0 recs

That was me!
haha me and my friend were the ones who kept yelling at the ONE Wizards fan who wouldnt shuttup


He should have known better.

And great job on GSOM night! When's the next?

by Genejo on Mar 24, 2007 3:12 PM PDT to parent up   0 recs

Did anyone else's thundersticks suck? Mine worked for our big run but after that, they kept deflating really fast and it really took me out of the cheers. Any tips on how to keep them blown up?

by DaAzNJRiCh on Mar 24, 2007 1:02 PM PDT   0 recs

hahaha that was hella cool.  That was seriously the loudest game I've ever been to, and I've been to the Houston, Phoenix and Dallas games.  GSoM Night is a must for the future.  Big props to Fantasy Junkie for makin' it happen and the rest of the GSoM crew for the support.  It was a real pleasure to sit next to you guys, hopefully we can meet again in the future.  

Shoutout to DJ Fuzzylogic, wished you were there! It was getting hard to watch the game 'cos I was getting distracted from the crowd; we have the best fans!

btw, I bet Gilbert reads the site, and paid that girl to throw up on your seats to try throw us off!  haha seriously though, you guys should took a picture of her; she looked hella drunk.

by MVP on Mar 24, 2007 1:03 PM PDT   0 recs

are you rocking an adult sized monta ellis jersey or youth size?

by vietsta4o8 on Mar 24, 2007 2:40 PM PDT to parent up   0 recs

Yeah, when i say that shirt is tight, i don't mean it in the street slang sense. ;)

by ssmokinjoe on Mar 25, 2007 2:12 AM PDT to parent up   0 recs

Man, if you guys need Thundersticks, just look me up at the Phoenix game, I got like a whole stash of 'em haha

by MVP on Mar 24, 2007 1:05 PM PDT   0 recs

Phoenix Game
I'll be at the Phoenix game with a buddy. In section 121 Row 14! Where will you be at?

by jpgarfunkle on Mar 24, 2007 5:01 PM PDT to parent up   0 recs

Me too!
I'll be at the Phoenix game, get me some thunder sticks!

oh wait, I guess I have to cheer for Phoenix.

by sunsgossip on Mar 24, 2007 11:53 PM PDT to parent up   0 recs

oh wait, I guess I have to cheer for Phoenix.
  Come on girl, ya know you really want to be a warriors fan! Come on over to the GSofM.

by Skeptic con Urquell on Mar 25, 2007 9:05 AM PDT to parent up   0 recs

This was the most fun I've ever had at a game! Thanks GSOM! The chanting and yelling and incessant clapping with the thundersticks made it all the more fun.

by mrsrichardson on Mar 24, 2007 1:43 PM PDT   0 recs

Guys sorry for my sloppy "friend" that i brought to the bad. She had a little too much to drink I think. That shit was hilarious though, i couldn't stop laughing for like 20 minutes. She just sits there next to the huge pile of throw up and denies she did anything, saying it was someone else. Then she buys more chicken nuggets and keeps eating, but we took them away. Oh god...hahahaha

But it was a damn good time, it was a wonderful game to go to. Section 206 was bangin'!

Great work guys at GSoM, it was awesome.

I promise I'll never invite that girl to any sporting event ever again in my life hahha

Adonalmao = Adonal + LMAO

by Adonalmao on Mar 24, 2007 1:44 PM PDT   0 recs

all i want to say is:
we never loose on gsom night:P

by Jacque on Mar 24, 2007 1:56 PM PDT   0 recs

tooo loud!!!
i didn't make it to the game last night, but watching it on tv was nice too. all i could hear was the crowd, you guys rock!

by ally314 on Mar 24, 2007 2:11 PM PDT   0 recs

why do the warriors people always wait till halftime to pass out stuff like that? they should give them out before the game to have oracle rockin for the full 48 minutes.

by AJC3317 on Mar 24, 2007 2:19 PM PDT   0 recs

they only pass them out at halftime
so you will distarct the other team while shooting free throws. If they hand them out before the game, people could try and distract the home team. At half time you know what team will play the rest of the game at one end. That's also why there only handed out on one side of the arena.

by Athletix Man on Mar 24, 2007 2:32 PM PDT to parent up   0 recs

damn SoCal
i'm so jealous. sounds lke a really great time.

i'm stuck in socal and my only consolation is to be able to watch the W's against the Lakers this Sunday. I'll be sportin' my jersey. Never been to a W's game in LA so it'll be interesting to see how many Warrior fans there are.

fortunately, i am able to get KNBR 680, albeit fuzzy, down in LA and I could hear all you guys with every Baron pass or Biedrins dunk. Laker games are never that loud, especially in the first 44 minutes of the game. I miss Oaktown!!!

Where the !@#$ are you now, Billy Owens????

by Manute4Three on Mar 24, 2007 2:45 PM PDT   0 recs

first 44 mins, haha
So they do get excited for the last 2 at least.

by Athletix Man on Mar 24, 2007 2:49 PM PDT to parent up   0 recs

that's only if the last 4 minutes ARE exciting. Otherwise, these fools are talking about their next acting gig or new reality TV series that can make idiots of themselves in.
Where the !@#$ are you now, Billy Owens????

by Manute4Three on Mar 24, 2007 6:40 PM PDT to parent up   0 recs

If anyone recorded the game
Mid 2nd qurater and late 4th quarter I saw GSoM. And yes, I'm sure because everyone had Thunderstix and was really loud.

by Zorgon on Mar 24, 2007 3:44 PM PDT   0 recs

Well actually
the whole right side had thundersticks and not just our section. And does anyone have any tips on keeping the thundersticks pumped up?

by DaAzNJRiCh on Mar 24, 2007 3:47 PM PDT   0 recs

maybe you just had some bad ones because mine stayed inflated the entire time. maybe you have to press and seal the slot at the top. MVP had a few extra so next time just ask around.

by Fantasy Junkie on Mar 24, 2007 5:49 PM PDT to parent up   0 recs

That Was Funnn!!
That was a great game.  It was cool that Baron turned it on while we were live at the game instead of just watching on TV.  Most of the Thundersticks appear to be passed out in the GSOM sections.  The  thundersticks were cool.  It helped to take the noise up another notch.

Had a rockin' time at the Arena.  A big thank you to everyone at GSOM.

by Funaddict on Mar 24, 2007 3:56 PM PDT   0 recs

I wish I went there but I was busy. did they show you on TV?

by chili01 on Mar 24, 2007 9:35 PM PDT   0 recs

dam im jealous
i wish i was there next gsom game im there. I think the next game should be if the Warriors go to the playoffs or when the Warriors play the Pacers next year what do you guys think?? o yea during the game Fitz and Jim that was the one of the loudest games ever. It was so loud they couldn't hear eachother talk. good job GSOM

by Warrior fan 23 on Mar 25, 2007 12:08 AM PDT   0 recs

it was loud
I couldn't even hear a whistle the whole second half with those thundersticks. Amazing crowd and our section probably made the volume go up by like 10%. I stood the whole second half except for like one timeout when I was tired. I doubt we can get playoff tickets but how about the Mavs in the regular season???  

by DaAzNJRiCh on Mar 25, 2007 12:56 AM PDT   0 recs

what a game
great job GSoM! this is my first post but i've been readingfor years. that was an amazing game i was row 13 sec 205, i heard the wizards fan all friend was the one yelling at them to go home with whoever was stiting behind us too. it was the loudest, most fun time i've ever had at a warrior game, and i only had 1 BEER! stood for most of the second half, hi fived everyone around me, and i must admit, thunder sticks are hella fun. mine were good and stayed inflated the whole time, and as soon as i got out of the oracle i deflated them and am saving them for every other game. awesome time thank you GSoM it was amazing!
the warriors are totally retro now, bringing back GTO warriors. it's warriors basketball it's a great time out.

by sandstorm on Mar 25, 2007 2:20 AM PDT   0 recs

hi fives
are the original thunder sticks. guess the only problem is the potential germs that might be passed around with excessive exciting moments like this past game.

by dj fuzzylogic on Mar 25, 2007 11:40 AM PDT   0 recs

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