Durant, Thompson Help Golden State Warriors Beat San Antonio Spurs

Kevin Durant

San Antonio trailed by as much as 28 points and never led the first game of the series.

Curry didn't play in Saturday's game after missing the final 10 games of the regular season due to a Grade 2 MCL sprain. The Spurs turned the contest into an aggressive and defensive one. Nothing, really. The Warriors knew what they had to do after taking a first-half punch to the jaw, and they responded without much motivation.

Then in the third quarter, like we've seen time and time again, the Warriors made their comeback run. The Spurs took their first lead of the series, 18-17, with 4:20 left in the first quarter.

Spurs All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge rebounded from a subpar performance in Game 1 with a double-double, finishing with 34 points and 12 rebounds.

If there is a reason Thompson got a pass during last season's playoffs besides the Warriors obtaining a second ring in three years is his undying commitment to defense.

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Thompson has been firing on all cylinders, shooting above the league average in 10 of 12 zones on the court, efficiently making at least one field goal in 11 of 13 zones, including a blistering 5-of-5 from the left wing three and totaling a mind-blowing 8-of-11 from long two-pointers. Thompson was hot and could not miss, helping the Warriors make this game look like an easy win.

According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Warriors are a 9.5-point favorite to win on the moneyline. After the match, Green claimed that there are bigger things to worry about than a flagrant but hopes it gets rescinded. In Game 1, the Spurs shot 40 just percent while going 9 for 22 from deep and got outrebounded 51-30. Gregg Popovich is a masterful coach and if anyone can craft the changes needed to make it a closer game, it's him. Popovich had the Spurs defend aggressively and energetically, trying to break down the Warriors offensive rhythm. They executed the game plan wonderfully. Playing aggressively from the opening buzzer, he hit 6 of 10 shots in the first half.

The length and quick hands of the San Antonio defense were all over the place - on the Warriors players, in the passing lanes, on the basketball - causing 11 first-half Warrior turnovers.

Green pointed out that the Warriors have won games and even playoff series without some of their top contributors in recent years, including himself, Curry, Kevin Durant, KlayThompson and even head coach Steve Kerr.

The Warriors came right of the gates, attempting to bury the Spurs early with a 15-8 lead. The series now shifts to San Antonio for Games 3 and 4. The game will be televised on TNT.

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