After getting blown out by Golden State in Oakland in January, the San Antonio Spurs looked to get revenge on the Warriors as they played host to them on Saturday night. As the Warriors marched forward looking to breaking the Chicago Bulls win record, San Antonio looked to remain perfect at home on the year.
It was evident from the first quarter that this, for the most part, was going to be a defensive battle. Both teams combined to shoot about 34% for the first quarter, and no one had anything going on offense. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson shot 3/10 for six points, and Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge shot 4/11 for 11 points. San Antonio trailed 18-17.
The Spurs were able to get their offense rolling a little in the second and put up 26 points on the Warriors. Leonard and Aldridge shot a lot better, going 6/11 for 13 points while Curry and Thompson still struggled. The Splash Brothers made just two field goals in nine tries and accounted for seven of Golden State’s 19 points. The Spurs led 43-37 going into halftime.
Out of the break, it was the Warriors’ turn to get going on offense. Golden State nailed six threes in the quarter, and the Splash Brothers combined for 12 of the Warriors’ 28 points. San Antonio’s superstar duo had 11 of their 22, with just three of them coming from Leonard, who shot 1/3. The Spurs shot less than 40% from the field and the score was tied going into the fourth, 65 all.
Similar to what happened when the Spurs faced the Clippers, San Antonio’s NBA-best defense was in full effect against the reigning champs. The Warriors shot just 32% from the field and scored a weak 14 points. Steph Curry went scoreless for the quarter, missing all four of his attempts from the field and not shooting one free throw. San Antonio didn’t shoot much better at 36%, but got six attempts from the foul line and connected on five. The Spurs outrebounded the Warriors 15-8, with Leonard, Aldridge, and Diaw having 11 of them. Danny Green led with seven points, and the trio above had the other 15 for the Spurs.
Curry and Thompson couldn’t get anything going on offense and shot 11/38 from the field — including 2/19 from three — for 29 combined points. Aldridge led the way with 26 points and 11 boards on 11/25 shooting while Kawhi Leonard had 18 points and 14 rebounds.
Golden State travels to Minnesota for a Monday matchup and San Antonio goes across the country for a game in Charlotte.
Around The League
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Dwyane Wade became the 41st player in NBA history to record 20,000 career points with a 24-point performance in a blowout against the Cavaliers, 122-101. LeBron James had a game-high 26 but saw no help from Irving and Love, who combined for 21 points.
In Zach Randolph’s 974th career game, he recorded his first triple-double. It came in a win over the Clippers, 113-102, and Randolph recorded 28 points, 11 rebounds, and ten assists, becoming the eighth player in Memphis’ history to record a triple-double.
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