Published 10:44 p.m. ET Nov. 2, 2017 | Updated 1:00 a.m. ET Nov. Three, 2017
Kevin Durant (35) dunks residence two of his 24 factors.(Photo: Soobum Im, USA TODAY Sports)
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry are already interested by Golden State’s postseason prospects.
The Warriors’ sluggish begin could possibly be a byproduct of that early daydreaming.
Klay Thompson scored 27 factors, Durant had 24 and the Warriors overcame a torpid first half to beat injury-riddled San Antonio 112-92 on Thursday evening, handing the Spurs their fourth straight loss.
Curry added 21 factors for Golden State in its first badembly in opposition to San Antonio since sweeping the Western Conference finals en path to the NBA title.
“Me and (Durant) were talking about it on the bench tonight,” Curry mentioned. “It is tough to still be Nov. 1st or 2nd and be looking forward to April, May, June. But having gone through the experience last year and three years ago and understanding what it takes to win a championship, it’s kind of cliche, but every game you can learn a little bit something about yourself and continue to build great habits to get there.”
One lesson is staying centered in opposition to the Spurs, even because the five-time champions face their very own struggles.
San Antonio performed with out Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker, as they did within the convention finals. Unlike these blowout victories, the Warriors struggled to shut out the Spurs.
“We might as well start every game here down 20,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr mentioned. “Other than the playoffs last year, that will be four or five straight games where that happened. You have to be able to match the Spurs’ intensity, especially because they’re such a good rebounding team.”
The Warriors took their first lead two minutes into the third quarter at 60-57 on Durant’s Three-pointer.
Durant missed his first eight photographs and the Spurs made six Three-pointers within the first quarter in bolting to an early double-digit lead.
Spurs ahead LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 factors and 10 rebounds, persevering with his resurgent season.
“LaMarcus was magnificent,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich mentioned. “He’s been magnificent every game. His perseverance his hustle, his focus has been off the charts. He’s done a great job.”
Kyle Anderson added 16 factors instead of Leonard, who has not performed this season whereas affected by an injured proper quadriceps.
San Antonio led 31-12 lead after Golden State went scoreless for 4½ minutes halfway by means of the opening interval.
Golden State slowly lower into the lead behind its protection. After taking pictures 48% within the first quarter, the Spurs had been held to 33% within the second quarter. San Antonio was 1-for-5 on Three-pointers and 7-for-21 general within the second quarter.
“Our focus (sparked the rally), especially on the defensive end, and not fouling,” Thompson mentioned. “Those two things are great because when we do that, we are able to get out in transition and get easy buckets. Our focus on that side of the ball was really good.”
Thompson completed 11-for-17 from the sector, together with 5-for-Eight on Three-pointers.
The Spurs completed 7-for-24 on Three-pointers, failing to make a Three within the second half after draining six within the opening quarter.
“We contested shots, we rebounded and we got out in transition,” Durant mentioned.
Zaza Pachulia, making his first look in San Antonio since Leonard was misplaced after touchdown on the middle’s foot in Game 1, was closely booed all through the sport.
TIP-INS: Warriors — Golden State has made a minimum of 10 Three-pointers in every of its video games this season. The Warriors had been 14-for-28 on 3s in opposition to the Spurs. … Thompson has a Three-pointer in 63 straight video games, the league’s longest energetic streak. … Durant has scored a minimum of 20 factors in all however one of many workforce’s 9 video games this season. … JaVale McGee performed in his 500th profession recreation. … Golden State closes out a three-game journey in Denver.
Spurs — Leonard and Parker have performed a mixed three quarters in opposition to the Warriors within the final 5 video games, together with the postseason. … Parker missed your complete convention finals with a ruptured quadriceps tendon and Leonard aggravated an ankle harm within the third quarter of the opening recreation. … Mills made his 600th profession Three-pointer, 551 of which have include the Spurs. … San Antonio is 62-19 at residence in opposition to Golden State. . Brandon Paul is the primary Spurs rookie to play over 105 minutes in his first eight video games since Kawhi Leonard did so in 2011.
FAKE NEWS: Popovich instructed TNT that Leonard may return in three weeks after lacking your complete preseason and the primary eight video games of the common season as a consequence of a proper quadriceps harm.
When requested if that was true, Pop demurred. “You can’t trust the media,” Popovich mentioned, chuckling. “Come on.”
BLOCK PARTY: Golden State had 11 blocked photographs, together with an emphatic block by Thompson on Aldridge.
The block led to an animated celebration by Thompson, adopted by an ensuing turnover.
“It felt great, until I turned it over and got pulled out,” Thompson mentioned. “That is karma for you. But it felt really good.”
NO WAY: Popovich was ejected with four:47 remaining within the recreation after complaining Patrick McCaw was not known as touring minutes after Aldridge was badessed a touring violation.
UP NEXT: Warriors go to Denver on Saturday evening attempting to finish a two-game skid in opposition to the Nuggets. Spurs host Charlotte on Friday evening within the second of a six-game homestand.
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