The Golden State Warriors have not won a regular season game against the Spurs in San Antonio since the Clinton administration, and there was little hope that they would end that streak on Wednesday night.
Without three injured starters in Andre Iguodala, David Lee, and Andrew Bogut, the Warriors were no match for the Spurs, who routed the Warriors 111-90.
The Spurs wasted no time in imposing their will on the game. A 9-0 run in the first quarter gave them a 31-18 lead after one, and they would never look back. Six different players scored in double-digits for San Antonio, as they executed their offense to perfection, with excellent flow and teamwork. Tony Parker led the way with 18 points, and Tim Duncan added 15 in just 20 minutes of action.
Duncan had the luxury of playing less than half the game because the Spurs had control of the game by halftime, leading 57-42. The Warriors made a brief run to cut the lead to 10 early in the third quarter, but the Spurs responded by shutting out the Warriors in the final 4:30 of the quarter, while going on an 11-0 run to push the lead to 20.
The fact that the Warriors’ leading scorer was Marreese Speights with 22 points shows how out of hand it got. The starters struggled offensively, as Stephen Curry had only 11 points. It got worse when Jermaine O’Neal, the starting center, left the game after just four minutes and did not return.
The bottom line is that nobody expected the Warriors to beat the Spurs, considering the history, the injuries, the back-end of a back-to-back after a tough game the night before, and oh yeah, the Spurs’ 19-game winning streak.
The only good news? The Warriors remain in sixth in the West, a game and a half up on the Suns.
Tale of the Tape
- Field-goal percentage: 42.4% (36-85)
- Three-point percentage: 38.1% (8-21)
- Rebounds: 33
- Assists: 21
- Turnovers: 13
- Bench points: 45
- Field-goal percentage: 53.0% (44-83)
- Three-point percentage: 21.1% (4-19)
- Rebounds: 45
- Assists: 29
- Turnovers: 13
- Bench points: 44
What’s on Tap
The Warriors take on the Kings on Friday night.