The Warriors fought all the way back from a 25-point deficit to stun the San Antonio Spurs 113-111 in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals on Sunday. Golden State was led by a two-headed monster, as Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant led all scorers with 40 and 34 points, respectively, and combined for 46 points in the decisive second half. Zaza Pachulia contributed 11 points and nine rebounds, while Draymond Green added nine points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
Golden State did not possess a lead for much of the game on Sunday, but they did when it mattered most. The Warriors fell behind big early on, but left just enough time to flip the script and walk out of Oracle Arena with a Game 1 victory.
Kawhi Leonard and Pau Gasol combined for the first five points of the game, after which Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Kevin Durant accounted for four consecutive baskets to put the Warriors in front 8-5 just under four minutes into the contest. As fate would have it, that would prove to be Golden State’s largest advantage until the final minute of the game, as the Spurs soon jumped back into the lead and built a huge cushion over the course of the first half. Durant converted a jumper at the 4:26 mark of the first frame to pull the Dubs within 16-14, but Leonard’s dunk 45 seconds later ignited a 14-2 San Antonio run to close the quarter to take a 30-16 lead at the end of one.
Things would get considerably worse for the Warriors before they got better. Matt Barnes opened the second quarter scoring with a layup, but the Spurs would hold Golden State without a field goal for the next four minutes, over the course of which San Antonio built their lead to 44-19. Durant finally broke the seal with a jumper with 7:35 remaining in the opening half, and after two Leonard free throws, he and Curry combined for the next 11 points in the contest, cutting the deficit to 46-32 on Curry’s three-pointer at the 5:05 mark.