Dubs throttle the Spurs 120-108, lead the series three games to none

May 20, 2017

Golden State Warriors, NBA

by Jerry Feitelberg

The Dubs won their 11th straight playoff game, and third straight against the San Antonio Spurs Saturday night by a score of 120-108. The Spurs, without Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker, put up a spirited fight in the first quarter Spurs’ coach Gregg Popovich, having criticized the team for their play in game two, had them ready for this most important game. Had the Spurs won they would be down 2-1 and game four to be played Monday night in San Antonio. With a loss, however, the Spurs face the daunting task of beating the Dubs four straight.

Popovich, as mentioned above, wanted his team to get off to a good start and not play from behind. The first six minutes of the first quarter was very close. The Dubs led by seven 21-14 when the Spurs woke up and finished the quarter on a 19-8 run to lead 33-29. The two teams continued to slug it out in the second period. The game was tied five times. The Dubs defense took over, and Golden State was able to finish the first half with a nine-point lead 64-55. The Dubs offense was led by, of all people, JaVale McGee. JaVale tallied 16 points and was a force on both ends of the court. Klay Thompson woke up from his shooting slump and knocked down ten. Steph Curry also scored 10, and Kevin Durant added 14. Manu Ginobili, coming off the bench for the Spurs, was hot and kept the Spurs close with 13. Jonathan Simmons continued to torment the Dubs, and he helped out with 10. No other Spur player was in double figures. The Warriors outscored the Spurs 35-22 in the second quarter.

The Warriors scored 36 points in the third quarter behind the outstanding play of Kevin Durant. KD was unstoppable as he tallied 19 points to keep the Spurs at bay. The Spurs fought hard and refused to go down. They scored 33 and trailed 100-88 after three periods of play. The Spurs were still in the game, and they had 12 minutes left to take down the Dubs. Both teams are superb defensive units. The Spurs were not able to mount a rally. The Dubs couldn’t pull away either. The Dubs leading 103-95, at at a time when the Spurs could get something going, went on a 10-0 run to put the game out of reach. The Warriors extended the lead to 18 118-100 and coasted to a 120-108 victory.

Game Notes and stats. Steph Curry, with 21 points, become the Warriors’ franchise leader in postseason points, passing Hall of Fame player, Rick Barry.

Kevin Durant led the Warriors with 33 points. Steph had 21, Klay 17. KD had a double-double as he snagged ten rebounds to go along with his 33 points. JaVale did not score in the second half and finished with 16. Draymond Green had another solid game as he scored ten and had seven assists, seven rebounds, and two blocked shots. LaMarcus Aldridge, criticized for disappearing in game two, perked up in the second half and finished with 18 points, five rebounds, and two blocked shots.The Dubs held Simmons to just four points in the second half, and he finished with 14. Ginobili, the Spurs most effective weapon, scored 21 in a losing effort. Pau Gasol had a double-double for San Antonio with 10 points and ten boards. DeJounte Murray also tallied ten for San Antonio.

The Warriors shot 54.8% from the floor and mad 11 3-point shots. San Antonio shot 47.3% from the floor but made just 5 three in 22 attempts. Steph had five steals and the Warriors, as a team, had 12 in the game. They blocked six shots. The Warriors committed 21 turnovers and both interim coach Mike Brown and head coach Steve Kerr, who was in San Antonio, will have something to say about that before Monday night’s game.

The Spurs team leader, Kawhi Leonard, missed his third game due to a sprained ankle. Gregg Popovich said this about Leonard’ not being able to play. “He’s not thrilled he’s not playing, but he’s not ready.” The Warriors’ Zaza Pachulia did not dress for the game as he is nursing a sore heel. JaVale McGee and David West did a super job filling in for Zaza,

Game Four will be Monday Night at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. Game time will be at 6 pm.

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