Roughly 48 hours after suffering one of the worst collapses in NBA playoff history, the Golden State Warriors bounced back on Wednesday, beating the San Antonio Spurs 100-91.
The Warriors took a 62-43 lead behind Klay Thompson’s 29-point first half. In the first half, Thompson shot 11-for-18 from the field and 7-of-8 from three-point range.
Golden State completed their first half dominance on an 11-2 run.
The second half was a different story, however. Thompson added just five more points after lighting up the scoreboard in the first half, and the Warriors’ offense became stagnant, often relying on Stephen Curry, who scored 22 points in the game.
Despite turning the ball over just once in the third quarter, the Warriors were outscored 29-21. Danny Green responded with eight points in the third quarter following a scoreless first half. In addition, the Spurs compiled 16 points in the paint to the Warriors’ six.
San Antonio closed the gap to seven points after Gary Neal buried a three-pointer with 1:23 left in the third quarter. But Thompson hit a three-pointer to help Golden State maintain a double-digit lead, 83-72.
The same pattern of the Spurs making short bursts and the Warriors responding would continue into the fourth quarter.
San Antonio trimmed the Warriors’ lead to six with 7:00 left in the quarter following Tony Parker’s jumper. But Draymond Green had an answer. The Michigan State product poured in his first three-pointer of the semifinals, notching Golden State’s lead to nine points with 6:39 remaining.
Curry’s deep jumper with 1:52 left secured the Warriors’ victory.
Thompson finished with 34 points and 14 rebounds, marking his first career double-double. Curry shot a less-than-efficient 7-for-20 from the field and 2-for-6 from beyond the arc, but he managed to total 22 points.