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Spurs withstand early Warriors surge to win 127-110 in the Chase Center

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D’Angelo Russell scored 30 in the first game without Steph Curry, but Patty Mills was unstoppable with 31.

San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images

The Golden State Warriors were reminded of their current place in the NBA’s hierarchy with a spirited but ultimately failed effort to stop the battle-tested San Antonio Spurs, as the invaders from Texas silenced the Chase Center with a 127-110 victory.

The Warriors were led by D’Angelo Russell’s 30 points, but he was outshined by the devastating work by Patty Mills who drilled the Dubs for 31 points with six made three-pointers.

This game was lost on rebounds, as San Antonio outboarded the Dubs 51-39, including a +9 advantage on the offensive glass.

First Half

Russell came out of the gate firing, knocking down 5-of-10 shots in the first quarter for 14 points. He operated out of pick-and-roll sets and methodically probed the defense...or just jacked from 28 feet.

The Warriors competed with intensity and finished the first quarter down 29-28, quite an achievement considering how they’ve been blown out immediately in a few games this season.

Mills took over for the Spurs and began punishing the Warriors guards with gusto.

But the Dubs were undaunted, and kept the pace up while protecting the ball. They had only four turnovers in the first half, while moving the ball for 13 assists.

Russell finished the half as the high scorer with 19 points and 4 assists, while Mills paced him with 16 points of his own. The Warriors outshot the Spurs 44% to 39% as well after two quarters, but the Spurs were still ahead by doubling Golden States output at the charity stripe with 12 made free throws to the Warriors’ 6.

Spurs 58, Warriors 57

Second Half

All the good vibes were crushed in the third, as the Spurs exploded in the third quarter with 40 points. After three quarters, the Spurs held a 21-6 advantage in second chance points. YIKES.

San Antonio controlled the Warriors from there to get the final score.

It’s clear that the Warriors can get buckets in spurts...but can they defend? Right now the answer is no, but the season is young and there is much time to correct mistakes.

Good first half, but we all know the days of the Warriors needing only a half to win a game are in the rear view mirror.