Warriors Star Klay Thompson Animated After Damion Lee’s Game-winner Against Bulls

Published 12/28/2020, 1:00 AM EST
Dec 27, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Damion Lee (1) celebrates his game winning shot against the Chicago Bulls during the second half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports


From a championship team to a lottery team, and now a middle of the pack team, the Golden State Warriors have had a wild ride in the last few years. They started the 2020-21 season with back-to-back losses, but finally got the first victory of the season tonight.

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It came in the most exquisite manner as Damion Lee hit the game-winner with less than two seconds left. Lee has been given the opportunity since last season in the absence of Klay Thompson. The injured star was overjoyed by his replacement’s game-winning shot.

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Lee joined the Warriors in 2018, but mostly featured for their G-League outfit. Following Thompson’s injury, he played 49 games last season and started 36. He came off the bench tonight but had a tremendous impact on their offense. He had 12 points and shot an impressive 4/5 from downtown.

Can the Golden State Warriors build momentum with this win?

In their first two games, the Warriors were scrambling on both ends. The lack of chemistry was hurting and stars Stephen Curry, Kelly Oubre, and Andrew Wiggins were just throwing shots up. Tonight, they started in a similar manner, but as the game went on, they were able to find their groove.

Curry had an inefficient game, but he still managed to score 36 points in a slightly better performance than his first two games. The Warriors needed him to lead from the front, and he did that tonight.

Dec 27, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Damion Lee (1) celebrates his game winning shot against the Chicago Bulls with guard Stephen Curry (30) during the second half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Wiggins was shooting less than 30% in his first two games, but he finally found his feet. He put up 19 points and shot 6-15 from the field. He started well, but a few bad shots later, his percentage came down.

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However, he still looked solid on offense. The former #1 overall pick had a few dangerous drives before bailing it out to the open man and created chances for the team.

The Warriors still looked a bit shaky on defense but one can expect them to get better once Draymond Green returns. They now play the Pistons next and can win their second game in a row. The Pistons have lost their first three games, and the Warriors should be able to pile on to their misery.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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