The San Antonio Spurs and the Golden State Warriors squared off in Oracle Arena on Sunday. The Warriors were favored by ten points going into the game, but it ended up being a lot closer than most expected.
San Antonio came out playing excellent defense and shooting the ball well. The Spurs lead 30-16 at the end of the first quarter, mainly due to LaMarcus Aldridge’s 11 points. San Antonio extended their lead in the second quarter, and led by 20 points at halftime.
In the 3rd quarter, Kawhi Leonard re-injured his left ankle.
After Leonard’s injury, the Warriors responded with an 18-0 run. Golden State ended up cutting the lead to just 9 points going into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Warriors flourished. Kevin Durant scored ten straight points in a key fourth quarter stretch. The Warriors led by 1 (111-110) with less than 30 seconds left. Stephen Curry came through with a huge basket, extending the lead to 113-110. After a LaMarcus Aldridge missed three, the Warriors prevailed and defeated the San Antonio Spurs by a score of 113-111.
Golden State Warriors
Stephen Curry ~ 40 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists.
Kevin Durant ~ 34 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists.
ZaZa Pachulia ~ 11 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 assists.
Draymond Green ~ 9 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists.
Klay Thompson ~ 6 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists.
Shaun Livingston ~ 4 points and 6 rebounds.
San Antonio Spurs
LaMarcus Aldridge ~ 28 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists.
Kawhi Leonard ~ 26 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists.
Manu Ginobili ~ 17 points.
Jonathan Simmons ~ 12 points.
Danny Green ~ 8 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists.
Dejounte Murray ~ 6 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists.
Patrick Mills ~ 5 points, 2 rebounds, and 3 assists.
The next game in the series is game two, which is on Tuesday, May 16th. The San Antonio Spurs will look to bounce back, and steal game two without Kawhi Leonard. The Warriors will look to extend their series lead to 2-0.
Tune in to ESPN at 9:00pm EST/6:00pm PST to watch the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs duke it out in game two.