Warriors Speed Past Spurs in Game 1
Thompson's Hot Hand Leads Golden State to Victory
The Warriors started their playoff run on the right foot, notching a 113-92 victory over the Spurs in Game 1 on Saturday. Golden State never trailed in the contest, and held a double-digit advantage for all but 13 seconds in the second half. Klay Thompson was sensational, scoring a game-high 27 points on 11-of-13 shooting from the field, including 5-of-6 from three-point range. Kevin Durant contributed 24 points and eight rebounds, Draymond Green added 12 points and 11 assists, while JaVale McGee set the tone early and finished with 15 points in the contest. With the victory, Golden State takes a 1-0 series lead.
NEW LOOK TO START
With Stephen Curry still sidelined with a sprained MCL, the thinking entering Saturday’s game was that Quinn Cook would get the start at point guard against San Antonio, but that’s not how it worked out. Instead, Andre Iguodala got the start alongside Klay Thompson in the backcourt, while Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and JaVale McGee filled out the rest of the starting five. That fivesome had not played a single second together throughout the entire regular season, but you wouldn’t have been able to tell by the way they opened up the game, as they outscored the Spurs 20-11 over the first nine minutes of action.
MCGEE SETS THE TONE
The center spot was the other starting lineup position that was a bit of a mystery entering Saturday’s game, but Steve Kerr elected to go with McGee, and the Warriors’ big man took full advantage of the opportunity. After Durant had scored Golden State’s first four points of the contest, McGee scored their next eight in a row. He’d finish the game with a season-high 15 points, and was a plus-16 in 16 minutes.
Klay Thompson made the only shot he took in the first quarter of Saturday’s game, but he’d get more aggressive from there on out while maintaining his sharpshooting efficiency. He shot 3-of-4 from the field in the second quarter, 4-of-5 in the third and a perfect 3-of-3 in the fourth and final frame to finish with a game-high 27 points on only 13 shot attempts (and none from the free throw line). In doing so, he became the first Warriors player with 25-or-more points while shooting at least 80 percent from the field in a playoff game since Mitch Richmond in Game 3 of the 1989 First Round.
It was clear from the opening tip that Golden State was engaged on the defensive end. The Dubs held San Antonio to 7-of-20 shooting from the field in the opening frame, and were even better in the second quarter, as the Spurs had a shooting percentage of 34.1 percent going into halftime. In addition to totaling six blocks and six steals in the game, the Warriors also held San Antonio without a single second chance point in the contest, outscoring the Spurs 15-0 in that statistical category.
Golden State will try to defend home court once again when they host the Spurs in Game 2 on Monday night. FIND TICKETS