Klay Thompson Helped the Warriors Win a Game They Should Have Lost Last Night
If sports have taught us anything, it's to expect the unexpected.
We here at numberFire have developed a way to monitor the expected, and if you're unfamiliar with it, it's called numberFire Live. Simply put, it weighs a variety of factors and determines the probability of each team to win a game in real-time.
In last night's matchup between the Golden State Warriors and the Utah Jazz, the Warriors saw their odds of winning the contest drop to just 11.78 percent after Klay Thompson missed a three-pointer with 20 seconds left in the fourth quarter. With almost a 90 percent chance of the Jazz winning the game, things seemed all but over, until a fortunate bounce on Thompson's miss ended up in teammate Shaun Livingston's hands.
Thompson's second attempt at a game-tying three found the back of the net and increased the Warrior's chances of winning by 29.1 percent. Despite the tie score, Utah still had almost a 60 percent chance of winning, as there were 15 seconds left in the game, an eternity to get a shot off.
The two teams traded baskets for roughly the first three minutes of OT, before Stephen Curry scored four straight points and drew a charging foul on Hayward. The next possession was a Curry-assisted dunk for Green to give the Warriors an insurmountable 8-point lead and increasing their chance of winning to 99.24 percent.
With wins like this, the Warriors seem destined to break the Chicago Bulls record of 72 wins in a season. (Our projections have them winning 72.6 games, so we expect them to at least tie the record.)
When watching Golden State play, maybe we should expect the unexpected a little more than usual.