After being down by as much as 25 points in the second half, Golden State completes the third largest comeback in NBA history to defeat San Antonio 113-111.
Looking a bit rusty from the five day break Golden State had after handling Utah in four games, San Antonio hit the ground running from the start of the game. Behind the play of Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge (28 points on the night), the Spurs climbed to a 44-19 lead in the blink of an eye. The Warriors looked gassed early and had five turnovers in just the first quarter alone. The game was starting to have that game one of the regular season feel, when Golden State lost by 25.
Then came the third quarter. Golden State started to get something going offensively, specifically Stephen Curry got going. Curry hit 12 of the Warriors first 14 third quarter points, which brought life into the Golden State team. He was getting his teammates open looks and began to torch San Antonio early in the shot clock with early bombs from deep.
While Curry helped turn the tide for the Warriors, it was Leonard re-aggravating a previous injured ankle on two back-to-back plays, this one being the second time:
With Leonard out, Golden State pinned their ears back and started running. Behind a massive 18-0 run, the Warriors cut the deficit down to three and snatched all the momentum. Leonard had 26 points before exiting the game.
If the third quarter belonged to Curry, the fourth went to Kevin Durant. With slower players like Aldridge, Manu Ginobili, and Kyle Anderson drawing the task of slowing down him down, Durant used his length, speed, and offensive prowess to put the nail in the coffin. Curry and Durant combined for 74 points (40 for Curry) on the night. Klay Thompson struggled to get a rhythm the whole night, finishing with just six points on 2 of 11 shooting.
The biggest question mark for game two will be if Leonard is healthy enough for Game 2, he was ruled out by the Spurs earlier today.. With Tony Parker already out with a leg injury, Leonard is the glue that holds San Antonio together. If he can’t go, or not at 100 percent, the Sours have little to no chance of stopping the Juggernaut that is Golden State.
Game 2 will be on Tuesday, May 16, at 9 P.M EST.