Last night the Spurs played the Warriors at home and lost 110-98. Looking at this score you wouldn’t realize that the Spurs started the game on a 15-0 run…yes that’s right…15 points to the Warriors’ ZERO. The Spurs even had a lead as high as a 22 point lead in the first quarter.
The Warriors slowly chopped away at the lead in the second quarter and went into halftime down 57-54. They took over in the 3rd quarter and never looked back. Steph Curry had 29 points and Klay Thompson had 23. We know those two can pull off those numbers just about whenever they want (although it’s more impressive that they did it in San Antonio). But there are two factors that really played into the Warriors looking so good in quarters 2, 3, and 4.
There’s a reason he is the main picture of this post. West had 15 points in 22 minutes of play, nailing jump shot after jump shot in the 4th quarter to help bury the Spurs. This is crazy coming from someone who is, at best, the 7th best scorer on the Warriors. He also had the second most assists on the team with 5 and contributed two blocks.
The Warriors played stout defense in the last three quarters, limiting the Spurs to only 41 points in the second half compared to their 57 in the first half. The Warriors also forced 14 turnovers in the last three quarters and had 8 blocks total. The Spurs had previously scored 100 or above in 9 of their last 10 games (including their 107-85 contest against the Warriors on March 11th) but fell short last night. Mind you all of this was done without the Warriors’ best defender, (and best all-around player this season) Kevin Durant.
But as you can see in the beginning of the video above, The Slim Reaper is on his way. And if the Warriors can beat the Spurs soundly on their home court without Durant, well then there might not be any hope for the Cavaliers or any other team in the league…