Today marked the first game between the one-seed Golden State Warriors and the two-seed San Antonio Spurs in their playoff series. The last time these two teams met up in the postseason was during the 2013 Playoffs, where the Spurs eliminated the Warriors, 4-2, but the Warriors would look to get revenge starting today. Earlier in these playoffs, Golden State defeated the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round, 4-0, and defeated the Utah Jazz in the Semifinals, 4-0. San Antonio defeated the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round, 4-2, and defeated the Houston Rockets in the Semifinals, 4-2. Each team looked to start the series off right today in the Oracle Arena.
The game would start off right for the Spurs as they shoot sixty-two percent from the field as a team, limiting the Warriors to twenty-nine percent. LaMarcus Aldridge would get hot for eleven points, along with three defensive rebounds and three assists. Former Grizzlies player, Pau Gasol, would contribute with five points as he shot fifty percent from the field. Jonathon Simmons would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, earning himself five points, as well. Simmons would collect three of those points from behind the three-point line. Kawhi Leonard would be limited to only four points but he would pull down three defensive rebounds to put towards his stat sheet total. On the other end of the court, Kevin Durant would chalk up five points as he shot forty percent from the field. Stephen Curry would play for the entire quarter, only to be held to four points. He would crash the boards for two defensive rebounds, though, as Draymond Green shoots fifty percent from the field to gather up only two points. Andre Iguodala would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field but would only be rewarded with two points as the Spurs end the first quarter with a huge 30-16 lead.
Things would not get any easier for the home team as the Spurs spark a 32 to 26 run in the second quarter. During that run, Kawhi Leonard would light the floor up with fourteen points as he shot forty-four percent from the field. He would jump up to pull down five rebounds as bench player, Manu Ginobili, would drop nine points. He would shoot seventy-five percent the field, knocking down one three-pointer in the process. Aldridge would shoot fifty percent from the field as he scores six points and one defensive rebound. Tony Parker replacement, Patty Mills, would play for eleven minutes just to be held scoreless as Danny Green knocks down a three-pointer. As for the Oakland team, Curry would start to come alive as he throws up ten points, knocking down two three-pointers in the process. Former Thunder star, Kevin Durant, would contribute with nine points and two rebounds. Zaza Pachulia would receive four points, with two of them coming from the charity stripe. Draymond Green would be held scoreless but would manage to grab one offensive rebound and dish off two assists as the Texas team goes into halftime with a commanding 62-42 lead.
The Golden State Warriors would look to come back as they go on a 39-28 run in the third quarter. During that run, Stephen Curry would get extremely hot as he drops nineteen points, shooting seventy percent from the field. Curry would earn twelve of those points from beyond the arc as he grabs four rebounds and gives out three assists. Durant would put up eight more points to add to his scoring total while shooting thirty-three percent from the field. Pachulia would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, gaining seven points as a reward. He would also grab four rebounds as Klay Thompson would be limited to one three-pointer. Kawhi Leonard would try to keep his Spurs team in it as he shoots a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. He would chalk up eight points, three coming from beyond the arc and the other five coming from the free-throw line. Aldridge would throw up five points as he knocks down a three-pointer in the process. Patty Mills would be held scoreless throughout this quarter but it was still the Spurs ahead at the end of the third period, 90 to 81.
The Warriors would continue to crawl back as they go on a 32-21 run in the last quarter, shooting sixty-five percent from the field as a team, limiting the Spurs to thirty-three percent. Kevin Durant would go off as he drops twelve points, shooting eighty-three percent from the field. He would nail two three-pointers in the process while grabbing one defensive rebound and throwing out one assist. Curry would contribute with seven points, knocking down one three-pointer while doing so. Draymond Green would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, gaining five points in the process. Bench players Shaun Livingston and Ian Clark would also shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, as well. Livingston would be rewarded with four points while Clark would only knock down a three-pointer, giving himself three points. Three-time All Star, Klay Thompson, would play for the entire quarter but would be held scoreless. He would manage to pull down three defensive rebounds, along with dishing off two assists, though. On the other end of the court, Aldridge would chalk up six points, shooting only twenty-two percent from the field. He would be able to grab three rebounds to add to his stat sheet total, though.
With only a minute left in the game, the Warriors would happen to have a 109-106 lead against the Spurs. Curry would drive in the lane to complete a lay up, giving his Warriors team a five point lead. Out of a San Antonio Spurs timeout, Manu Ginobili would make a driving dunk to bring his team within four points. After the dunk, Klay Thompson would turnover the ball as Mills steals it from it, drawing a foul from Thompson. Mills would head to the free-throw line to knock down both of his foul shots. With nine seconds left in the game, Curry would drive down to the court and successfully connect for a thirteen-foot jump shot, giving his team a three-point lead. Thompson would end up fouling Mills again as he heads to the charity stripe to shoot two free-throws. Mills would make one foul shot and intentionally miss the second one but time would expire as the Golden State Warriors come back to defeat the San Antonio Spurs, 113-111, taking a 1-0 lead in the series. Stephen Curry would finish with forty points, seven rebounds and three assists. LaMarcus Aldridge finished with twenty-eight points, eight rebounds and three assists.