The Spurs are easily playing the best basketball in the league right now, and the Warriors were without the services of Andrew Bogut, David Lee, or Andre Iguadala. Plus, Golden State played the Mavericks last night in a game that went down to the wire in overtime. So this wasn't exactly a fair fight.
The Spurs put on a clinic in the first quarter. They scored in the 30s and the Warriors were stuck in the teens. Golden State made a run with a couple of threes and a dunk to trim the Spurs' advantage to nine, but the Spurs finished the half on a 6-0 run to push their lead to 15 going into the half, 57-42.
Golden State found some success on the offensive end in the third quarter. They put up 25 points in just seven and a half minutes.That cut San Antonio's lead from 19 to 7, and with four and a half minutes left in the third quarter, it was 74-67. but the Spurs responded by going on a 13-0 run through the rest of the quarter.
With a comfortable but not insurmountable lead, Popovich left Manu in the game until the Spurs scored five more to take a 92-67 lead with a little over 10 minutes left in the game. Effectively trash time from there and the Spurs' bench kept the lead out of reach which gave the veterans some rest so they can maybe go tomorrow night in Oklahoma City.
That will be the fifth game in seven nights for the good guys, so it wouldn't be surprising to see Pop elect to give some guys some rest. And to maybe lose a game.
Your Spurs improve their record to 59-16, which continues to lead the league. This is a special team. Soak it up. Go Spurs!
Gregg Popovich postgame:
Reporter: What chance do you think that the Spurs have of winning the NBA Championship this year?
Popovich: Well, I think we're one of several teams that has an opportunity to do that, and if we play well enough, we'll have our chances.
Reporter: Have you determined your personnel for tomorrow night [against OKC]?
Another reporter: We hear about the physical toll these back-to-backs can take on these players; what chance do you think that one or more of the big three will rest tomorrow?
I don't want to speculate on that sort of thing. And we talk about that internally...I'm not going to discuss it in a group.
Reporter: Talk about how the team responded when the Warriors closed it to seven?
They're pros. They just kept playing and tried to be solid. There are going to be runs in a 48 minute NBA game with all the possessions. You're not going to usually keep a lead like that. They made a run and we responded well.
- Tony Parker was great in his 28 minutes. He finished with 18 points and 8 assists. Most fun to see: Tony slicing and dicing for the second game in a row. It looks like he's starting to round into form at just the right time.
- Timmy had a monster first quarter as he took advantage of the Warriors missing Bogut. He had fifteen points in the game, and 12 of them came in the first. Best part of Tim's game? He only played 20 minutes. Maybe the Spurs will go for 20 in a row tomorrow night and see where they stand with the Thunder. If the Spurs pull that one out they'll be up four games in the loss column on OKC, though the Thunder own the tiebreaker.
- The Spurs tallied 29 assists and shot 53% from the field. That's absolutely great, but the Dubs were missing Bogut and Iggy. You can only play the guys that are on the floor, and the good guys made it look easy out there tonight.
- Klay Thompson shot the ball well when he had the opportunity to, but the Spurs limited him to just eight shots - he hit five.
- Stephen Curry did not shoot the ball well. He was a cold 5-of-15 from the field and an icy 1-of-4 from behind the arc.
- The Spurs have now won 31-straight against the Warriors in San Antonio during the regular season. That's pretty crazy.