The last time the Golden State Warriors won a game in San Antonio, Tim Duncan was a senior at Wake Forest, Stephen Curry was 8-years-old, while his father, Dell, was averaging 14.8 points per game for the Charlotte Hornets.
30 games and 16 years later, the Golden State Warriors finally have another win in San Antonio, staving away a second straight comeback attempt by the San Antonio Spurs in the AT&T Center, winning 100-91 and tying up the series at one win apiece.
"I truly believe that trials and tribulations are transportation for where you're going. Game 1 made us better. We didn't panic. We made plays,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said.
While the Spurs were able to come back from a 16-point deficit in Game 1 to get the in in double overtime, they did their best yet again but fell short.
After the Warriors were up by 19 points in the third quarter, the Spurs went on a 14-2 run, with Kawhi Leonard taking advantage of mismatches and the Spurs matching the Warriors’ intensity.
While Stephen Curry was hot in Game 1, his backcourt-mate, Klay Thompson, took over in Game 2. Thompson’s three-pointer at the end of the third quarter temporarily stopped the Spurs’ run and gave the Warriors an 11 point lead entering the fourth quarter.
"I thought it was very polite of (Thompson and Curry) to at least take turns and not both be on fire on the same night,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “Maybe neither one of them will be hot in Game 3. That's what I'm hoping."
A Leonard steal leading to a fast break jumper by Gary Neal cut the lead down to five midway through the fourth quarter, but the Warriors did what they seemed to do all game - answer back. Draymond Green hit a three pointer to give the Warriors a nine-point lead.
The Spurs weren’t done, though, as they made another furious rally. Manu Ginobili, looking to fill that savior role yet again, knocked down a three-pointer to bring the Spurs within six points with just over four minutes remaining.
However, Ginobili missed his next three-point attempt, was called for an offensive foul and the Spurs didn’t score again until Cory Joseph hit a pullup jumper with 18 seconds left on the clock.
Thompson lead the Warriors with a career-high 34 points and 14 rebounds, and made eight of nine of his three-point attempts. Curry shot seven-for-twenty for 22 points. Tim Duncan finished with 23 points and nine rebounds, Tony Parker chipped in 20 points and Leonard had 11 points, 12 rebounds and two blocked shots.
The series now shifts to Oakland for the next two game in Oracle Arena.
As ludicrous as this might have sounded just a week ago, the Dubs might just be the better team. The W s big 3 of Curry, Thompson and Bogut are outplaying Duncan, Ginobli and Parker, and the Dubs supporting cast has been much better. The Spurs are lucky that this series is tied, IMO
What has happened to our ball movement? Everyone is getting the ball and taking a second or 2 to make a decision. We have stopped swinging the ball side to side. We need quicker decisions.
I believe we cant do this without splitter and duncan playing their best game. Just like they did against the lakers. Just like they did near the end of this season. Also, pop needs to trust other guys more. Manu is my favorite player since 2008, but he really, really needs to stop shooting. He needs to be a backup to tony parker. Shoot less threes, drive inside, shoot from there or find open three-shooters, green, bonner, diaw and neal. Or hr needs to go playing wth blair or splitter which thet proved all season they can do great. But if manu keeps shooting threes all the time, spurs dont stand a chance vs. Thompson and curry. They will outshoot us, they did it for two games in a row, why not 3 more.
So parker and ginobili handling the ball. Look for splitter, duncan, blair. If not, let other guys shoot the 3. I am very curious to see how the spurs respond. They need to respond with something. If they play the same, with no dominant presence from splitter inside and manu shooting the 3, this could end very soon.
Im a spurs fan from holland since 2008. Come on popovich, outplay that arrogant, arrogant jackson. Go spurs go!!
Crazy as this may sound, I think the Spurs are a better matchup against the Warriors without Duncan on the floor. Whenever Duncan is on the floor, the Spurs feel the need to feed him in the post EVERY SINGLE POSSESSION. It's predictable, slow, and is the main reason the Spurs only had 4 assists in the first half. I love Timmy, but keep in mind the Spurs also went on their 18-2 run in game 1 with Duncan in the locker room.
@ajd21 I agree a lot with what you just said. I have some hope left exactly because of that regular season. There were stretches where the Spurs played championship caliber basketball. Duncan was sick, Tiago is/was hurt. Two critical parts of the team. Ginobili also had an injury just a little while ago. They may just all click on friday or sunday. Win one in Golden State and the advantage shifts back in favor of the Spurs.
@LiveSpursI agree almost. You should have said, bad shooting nights. I hope they can somehow switch this.
@MarkCubanisaDouche Exactly, this very much reminds of OKC last year. I think it has to be something mentally. Everybody just needs to calm down. Leonard has managed to be calm and played great. Timmy wasnt bad in game 2. Parker was pretty good, but maybe him running faster up and down the court makes everybody a little less cool in the head, so to speak.
@Shooter11 Agree. They do well when they go to him and let him work. Gott improve second level of defense. Once perimeter guys funnel their smalls inside, our bigs aren't cutting them off and they are getting to the basket unguarded.
@ajd21 That being said, I just hope I am right!