Injuries have a way of diminishing the excitement of a game. So while this was a wildly fun and exciting 110-107 victory for the Golden State Warriors against the San Antonio Spurs, it’s hard to be too jazzed.
In case you missed it, Stephen Curry left the game after only a few minutes, as he rolled his ankle. While the twist didn’t look good, Curry walked off on his own power, and the team officially called it a “tweak”, not a “sprain.” Semantics, sure, but I’ll take my Curry injury victories where I can get them, thank you very much.
Stephen Curry (tweaked right ankle) will not return to tonight's game.— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) March 9, 2018
It was a slow start for the Warriors, but they eventually kicked it into gear, with some beautiful basketball in the first quarter. It even featured a part of Klay Thompson’s game that we’ve never seen before!
Javale with the so hard he got T'd up after the play. pic.twitter.com/CN7betbA1T— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) March 9, 2018
The bench did a strong job in the first, with Quinn Cook and Omri Casspi getting some big minutes, and playing well.
Casspi knows good defense leads to monster dunks. pic.twitter.com/RmT9Zu3sd0— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) March 9, 2018
But in the second quarter Golden State couldn’t find any rhythm, and the team headed to the locker room with a halftime deficit.
In the third quarter, things started to get interesting. JaVale McGee had some strong plays, but the Spurs were game for everything thrown at them.
The teams went back and forth, with plenty of highlights and pretty plays.
The fourth quarter was more of the same. With no Curry to lean on, everyone chipped in. Thompson started to heat up, Draymond Green did a little of everything and notched a triple-double, and Nick Young and Kevon Looney had strong contributions off the bench.
But right when Curry would normally be checking back in, the Spurs started to open up a lead, and went up by eight. Danger time.
And then Kevin Durant did those Kevin Durant things that make him Kevin Durant. He absolutely took over for the Warriors, and put the team on his back.
Durant has 14 of the last 16 Warrior points in the fourth quarter. Warriors up 107-105— Logan Murdock (@loganmmurdock) March 9, 2018
It was beautiful to watch. Durant finished with 37 points and 11 rebounds, and made sure that the Warriors wouldn’t lose.
And they didn’t.