OAKLAND, Calif. – It was a night to celebrate victory and culture at the Oracle Arena.
Klay Thompson led all scorers with 40 points in a 128-120 Friday night victory by the Golden State Warriors over the Dallas Mavericks.
The Warriors set another NBA record, the most three’s by a team in season with 21 three pointers, bringing the team’s total to 938 – that’s five more than the previous record set by the Houston Rockets last season.
Friday night’s win was also special for Filipino Golden State fans, as the reigning NBA champs hosted the second Filipino Heritage Night of the season.
The Warriors showed their Filipino pride by once again wearing the Filipino Heritage Night shooting shirts throughout the game.
“It’s really cool that they’re representing, like someone so famous representing our heritage,” said Warriors fan Stacey Lynn Domingo. “It’s pretty cool and exciting to see.”
Fan Mark Perez said the heritage night felt like family overall and inclusive.
“I think it does make us feel closer to them,” said fan Randi Gumacal. “I mean they’re really catering to the Filipinos that are in town and everyone here and we’re just loving it.”
For Filipino Heritage Night, the Warriors gave away commemorative snapbacks with the Filipino flag on the brim.
Bay Area native and WBO Bantamweight Champion Nonito “The Flash” Donaire, Jr. was there to celebrate Filipino pride and to cheer on his childhood team.
“I grew up with the Warriors back then when they had Mullins, Sprewell, Hardaway, Webber all those guys back then,” said Donaire. “I mean it’s just a great honor to be here.”
The Warriors front office is also very aware of the support they receive from kababayans in the Philippines.
“Do you know we have more Facebook followers from the Philippines than we do in the United States?” said Jennifer Cabalquinto, Warriors chief financial officer. “It’s amazing. Of the top ten cities where our Facebook followers are based, eight of the top ten cities are in the Philippines. It’s just phenomenal.”
The Warriors currently have a record of 66-7 and with only nine games before the end of the regular season. They are still on track to break the NBA’ best season record of 72-10 set by Michael Jordan’s 1996-1997 Chicago Bulls.