Warriors Erase 22-Point Deficit to Defeat Spurs
SAN ANTONIO -- The two best teams in the NBA laced 'em up tonight with the #1 seed in the Western Conference on the line. The battle between the Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs did not disappoint. On the back end of a back-to-back, Golden State overcame a 22-point deficit to defeat the Spurs 110-98 in a very well played basketball game.
The Dubs spotted the Spurs a 15-0 lead to begin the game. San Antonio blitzed the Warriors and came out of the gates scorching hot. Golden State looked lethargic in the early going scoring just 17 points in the first quarter. It was ugly, but the Warriors did not roll over. The Dubs outscored San Antonio 37-24 in a strong second quarter and were down just 3 at the half.
The comeback began with a great 2nd quarter from Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala. Klay found his stroke in the second frame, pouring in 10 of his 23 points. Iguodala was excellent off the bench yet again. Iggy scored 14 points on 6-9 from the field, including two big 3-pointers in the first half. He has proven to be the calming veteran presence for Golden State when things are going haywire.
The big story of tonight's game was the contribution from the Warrior bench. Veteran C David West played his best game in a Warrior uniform. He scored 15 points including 11 in the 4th quarter. West hit some clutch jumpers and also made some terrific passes to Klay Thompson in the lane. He provided the much-needed intensity that propelled the Warriors to victory.
The Warriors were able to get the offense going in the final three quarters, but their defense kept them in the game. Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Matt Barnes, and Draymond Green all took turns guarding Spurs All-Star F Kawhi Leonard, who was held to 19 points on 7 of 20 shooting from the field. West and Thompson also came up with 3 huge blocks down the stretch to keep San Antonio off the board.
Steph Curry was spectacular for the second straight game. The two-time MVP dropped 29 points and was extremely effective driving the ball in the lane. Curry shot the ball well from deep (4-8), including three big shots in the 3rd quarter. He also had 11 assists and showed his ability to pass out of a double team. San Antonio constantly threw multiple defenders at Curry, but he was able to find his open teammates.
Thanks to key contributions from the bench and their superstar backcourt, the Dubs were able to grind out a statement victory. The Warriors now hold a 3.5 game lead over San Antonio in the Western Conference with just 7 games to go in the regular season. Golden State seems to be firing on all cylinders as we near the playoffs and are still awaiting on the return of All-Star F Kevin Durant.
This was by far my favorite game of the season to watch. A matchup between the leagues' two best teams served as great entertainment. If the Spurs and Dubs meet in the Western Conference finals, we are in for an epic series