Thursday, December 3, 2015
Spurs outplay Warriors, 105-95.
It was the 2nd quarter when the shots started missing, and two early fouls for Kawhi Leonard would lead to a struggle for backup Andrei Kirilenko to be effective. Luckily, the Spurs battled back for only a four-point deficit (47-51) at halftime.
In for a fight but striking well, the Spurs regained the advantage after the 3rd quarter (72-73) thanks to Leonard (14pts/8rebs) who shook off the early foul trouble and made some nice threes. Tiago Splitter (14pts/11rebs) also held strong down low.
For Golden State, Steph Curry (6-22) had seen better nights, but Klay Thompson (8-20) was playing well enough to make up for it and keep the Warriors in the game.
Channeling his inner Nate Robinson, little Ray McCallum threw down a huge dunk and drew the foul, making the free throw. Then the Spurs got a steal on the ensuing possession as the ball nearly went out of bounds after rolling down length of the court. San Antonio called a timeout and it led to a 3 by Ray Allen (9pts) off a screen from Tim Duncan (7rebs) for an 81-77 lead.
Tony Parker (18pts/7asts/6rebs) hit a second 3, followed by two more from Kirilenko (14pts) and a fourth from Danny Green (13pts), making it 93-103. Manu Ginobili (10pts) took over for Parker and netted a step-back jumper to seal the game. The Spurs outscored Golden State 22-33 in the final period.