Warriors beat Spurs to take Game 1 in National Basketball Association playoffs

Warriors beat Spurs to take Game 1 in National Basketball Association playoffs

Kevin Durant paced the Golden State Warriors in their second game against the Spurs, dropping in 32 points, six rebounds and six assists in 39 minutes.

After laboring with complacency and injuries during a regular season that ended with 10 losses in their last 17 games, the Warriors did not just flip a switch in a 113-92 Game 1 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday at Oracle Arena.

The Warriors moved into a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series after overcoming a determined Spurs team determined to bounce back after being outclassed in game one. We've won games without myself. May have thought he could guard Quinn Cook, the point guard who started the final 16 games that Stephen Curry missed during the regular season. Iguodala and Durant combined for 17 of those 23 points.

Green ended Saturday with a near triple-double of 12 points on 5-of-13 shooting, eight rebounds, and 11 assists in 34 minutes.

"I was really happy with their execution, and their aggressiveness", Popovich said of his players.

The Spurs came out determined, followed their game plan to the T to start the game and did all they could but at the end of the day, the talent deficit was just too much for them to overcome. Kevin Durant added 24 to go along with 8 rebounds and 7 assists. The Warriors will now take a 2-0 lead to San Antonio after earning a pair of victories in front of their home fans. Then, we would have to decide what's going on from there. "We know what it takes this time of year in order to win". San Antonio finished the night shooting 40 percent from the field, whilst recording only 19 assists.

The four other starters for the Spurs were the same as game 1, with Patty Mills, Dejonte Murray, Danny Green, and LaMarcus Aldridge on the court at tip-off. Coach Steve Kerr set the tone by surprising many with an unexpected change to the Warriors starting lineup.

Embiid won't be back for Game 2 on Monday night, as he'll continue to sit with his facial fracture. Those numbers could rise in Game 2 if the game manages to stay closer.

The Warriors still brought enough effort to counter the Spurs' improved play.

Golden State came with the kind of swarming defense it is so used to playing but hadn't shown much lately as rotations were mixed and matched because of injuries and illness.

But still, as is the case with so many teams, San Antonio just couldn't keep up with the explosive Warriors offense in the second half.

The big difference in the game, though, was Golden State's relative dominance from beyond the arc. "No, I didn't anticipate him leaving - he knows this is a great situation for him and we rewarded him for everything he's done and what we think he can do for us".

Golden State Warriors' Andre Iguodala (9) celebrates after scoring a bucket during the first quarter of Game 2 of their National Basketball Association first-round playoff series at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, April 16, 2018. Warriors outscored Spurs 33-22 in in the quarter. "[You] can't win in this league in the playoffs unless you defend, and they defended tonight, and we went with our best defensive group".