Golden State shows no mercy, jumps all over San Antonio in Game 1

April 14, 2018

Golden State Warriors, NBA

@warriors photo: Golden State Warriors Kevin Durant (left) and Draymond Green (right) address the media at press conference after their game one win at Oracle Arena on Saturday

By Joe Hawkes-Beamon
SRS Contributor

OAKLAND — It almost felt like forever since we’ve seen the Warriors dominate a basketball game from start to finish.

Until Saturday afternoon.

Already without All-Star point guard and two-time MVP Stephan Curry, the defending NBA Champions started their title defense with a 113-92 victory over the visiting San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinals.

The win extends Golden State’s win streak to six games in postseason openers, according to ESPN Stats and Information.

Both Kevin Durant and Draymond Green flirted with triple-doubles, as Durant finished with 24 points, eight rebounds and seven assists; while Green chipped in with 12 points, eight rebounds and 11 assists.

Klay Thompson finished with a game-high 27 points. San Antonio had no answer for Thompson, especially coming off of hard screens from Warriors’ bigs, allowing Thompson to shoot 11-of-13 from the floor including 5-of-6 on 3’s in the game.

Golden State held the edge in assists (32 to 19), rebounds (51 to 30) and points-in-the-paint (34 to 22) over the Spurs. The Warriors shot 44-of-81 from the floor (54.3-percent) and 10-of-22 on 3’s (45.5-percent).

Golden State held a 86-63 lead, their biggest of the game, at the end of the third quarter and they never looked back from that point.

JaVale McGee, who made his fourth career postseason start, finished with 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting in just 16 minutes of action was the real story. The 7-foot McGee had two of Golden State’s six blocks and for now, looks like the best center in head coach Steve Kerr’s center-by-committee rotation which includes, Zaza Pachulia and Damian Jones in the mix.

Rudy Gay led San Antonio with 15 points off the bench, to go along with a team-high six rebounds, while LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio’s leading scorer during the regular season at 23.1 points per game, scored just 14 points on 5-of-12 shooting in 24 minutes played.

San Antonio was cold from the floor in Game 1, connecting on 32-of-80 (40-percent) of their shots.  The Spurs can take some comfort that they did committed fewer turnovers (13 to 15) and shot better at the free throw line (19-of-24 to 15-of-22) than Golden State.

Second-year shooting guard Bryn Forbes added 14 points in 25 minutes for San Antonio.

Golden State is looking to eliminate San Antonio from the playoffs for the second-straight postseason. The Warriors completed a four-game sweep of the Spurs in last season’s Western Conference Finals in route to a 16-1 finish in the postseason and their second championship in three seasons.

The Warriors are 6-2 in the postseason against San Antonio at home.

Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Monday night at Oracle Arena.

 

 

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