Warriors fans can breathe a sigh of relief after their 113 – 111 victory over the San Antonio Spurs. The Warriors were led to victory by Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry who poured in a game high 40 points.
Although San Antonio is often praised for their selfless ball movement it was their defense that gave Golden State fits throughout the First quarter. The Spurs jumped on Golden State early as they ended the first quarter with a 30 – 16 lead. The Warriors high powered offense just couldn’t get their groove going.
The Spurs maintained their dominance on offense throughout the second quarter but their defense began to crack. Golden State began to make short runs led by Stephen Curry giving them hope of a comeback. Yet each time Golden State began to put a dent in the lead San Antonio counter attacked with their own scoring spurts.
Eventually, Golden State got a lucky break. Spurs Forward Kawhi Leonard injured his ankle in the Third quarter and would not return for the rest of the game. From that point the momentum clearly shifted in the Warriors favor. Immediately following Leonard’s exit from the game Golden State went on an 18 – 0 run which inserted them right back into the game.
The Fourth quarter was dominated by Golden State as they outscored the Spurs 32 – 21 in the decisive final 12 minutes. Although their star player Leonard, was hurt the Spurs lost a 25 point lead which is unacceptable for a team of their caliber. This was a golden opportunity for San Antonio to steal a game on the road. Instead Golden State now has a 1 – 0 series lead in the Western Conference Finals.