The Golden State Warriors went ice cold against a red-hot San Antonio Spurs team, and paid the price, losing 111-105. The Spurs refused to let the Warriors control the game in Texas and nailed several big shots down the stretch to keep the champs at bay. Despite lacking DeMarcus Cousins and Andre Iguodala, the Warriors had plenty of chances to take this game, and the Spurs wouldn’t let them keep momentum.
Steph Curry struggled his way to 25 points on 25 shots. Kevin Durant added 24 points in his first game back, and was seemingly the only Warrior who could get a bucket down the stretch. Klay Thompson scored 14 points on 5-of-18 shooting from the field. Andrew Bogut had 7 points and 7 rebounds in 19 minutes in his first game back with the Dubs.
Andrew Bogut gets called for an illegal screen on the first play of the game.— Logan Murdock (@loganmmurdock) March 19, 2019
Bogut’s first bucket as a Warrior was on an impressive alley-oop jam. He’s slimmed down and has some of the bounce that Dub Nation fell in love with.
Bogut just pointed to where Draymond should be in transition defense and Draymond immediately zipped over there.— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) March 19, 2019
What other Warrior has done that since Bogut left in July 2016?
Answer: No other Warrior has done that. At least not comfortably.
The Warriors couldn’t buy a shot in the first half. They were 19-of-44 from the field, 4-of-16 from beyond the arc. Curry and Thompson went 4-of-22 from the field, and a lot of those bricks were on pretty good look. The one shot he did drill was quite spectacular, however.
Warriors trail Spurs 58-47 at the half— Monte Poole (@MontePooleNBCS) March 19, 2019
-Curry/Thompson: 4-22 FG
-Warriors 4-16 3p, Spurs 6-15
-Rebounds: 27-21 Spurs
-Livingston plus-4, all others in minus
It was nice having Durant back to cut back some of that lead.
The Warriors cut a double-digit deficit down to 82-78 after the end of the third quarter.
END OF Q3: Warriors trail the Spurs, 82-78. In the third quarter, Golden State outscored San Antonio, 31-24.— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) March 19, 2019
But the Spurs would never give in to the Warriors pressure. The champs couldn’t hit big three-pointers down the stretch, and the Spurs put together enough offense to take the win in a rousing contest.
This was the first game of five in seven days for the champs, they better get some sleep before they play tomorrow against Minnesota. Spurs are gonna be a problem (as usual) in the playoffs for whoever they run up on!