Spurs shut down the Warrior offense en route to a 103-90 win to avoid sweep

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By Jerry Feitelberg

The San Antonio Spurs, without head coach Gregg Popovich, found a way to slow down the Warrior offense and beat the Warriors 103-90 Sunday afternoon in the AT&T Center.

The Spurs were coached by assistant coach Ettore Messina for the second game in a row. Messina, a former coach in the Italian League, rallied his team as their defense stifled the Warrior offense. Messina also coached the 40-year old veteran, Manu Ginobili, when he was a very young player starting his career in Italy. Ginobili, who probably played his last home game as a Spur, scored 10 points of his 16 points in the fourth quarter. He made both 3-point attempts and did not turn the ball over in his six minutes of action in the last quarter.

The Spurs won the first half 56-42. They were led by their star center LaMarcus Aldridge. The Warriors, as is their custom, won the third quarter 29-21 to cut the lead to six 77-72. The Warriors went on a 13-5 run to pull within 2 88-86 but the Spurs refused to wilt, and the Warriors were toast.

Game Notes and Stats: The Warriors’ Draymond Green had this to say about the loss: “You have got to give them a lot of credit…They came out and they probably played with more intensity this game than they did the entire series.”

The Warriors were led by Kevin Durant’s 34 points and 13 rebounds. Klay Thompson had 12 and Shaun Livingston added 10. Draymond Green scored nine to go along with nine assists and 18 rebounds. None of the other Warriors were in double figures.

The Dubs were held to 34.9% from the floor. They mad just seven three-point shots in 28 attempts.

The most telling stat showed that Golden State did not handle the ball well at all as they turned the ball over 18 times and if they make more than 16 turnovers in a game, they usually end up on the short end of the score.

LaMarcus Aldridge led the Spurs with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Ginobili finished with 16. Rudy Gay added 14, Dejounte Murray 12, and Kyle Anderson finished with 10.

Up Next: Game 5 of the series will be played Tuesday night at Oracle Arena in Oakland. Game time will be at 7:30 pm PT.

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