OAKLAND, California – In the last few weeks of the regular season, the Golden State Warriors have been boring and stubborn over the last few weeks, stumbling against inferior opponents. They barely looked like a defending champion heading for a repeat title – and their third in four years – instead giving vulnerability and mortality.
But even as his team lost 10 of 17 games to close the 2017-18 campaign, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr kept a steady confidence that if his games were really important, return to his dominating form of old, even with two Time MVP Stephen Curry (knee) pause.
The warriors shed the lethargy that they wore in recent weeks on Saturday's 1
Although Curry will not return until the second round, the second-placed warriors did not miss him very much, never trailing and leading by 28 points. Kevin Durant nearly finished his first postseason triple-double with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists.
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Swingman Klay Thompson added a game-high 27 points to 11 of 13 shooting from the field, his best shooting performance in every game in which he took several shots.
Draymond Green added 12 points, 8 rebounds and 11 templates.
The seventh seeded Spurs, on the other hand, were heavily reliant on star Kawhi Leonard, who missed 73 games in the regular season. Without Leonard, the Spurs, who appeared for the 21st consecutive season in the postseason, had trouble annoying them, and did hardly anything to Durant or anyone else.
However, the death bell for the Spurs came around the corner when they scored only 22 points in the paint on 11 of 30 (37 percent) shooting in that area. The 22 color points were the least for the Spurs in a game this season.
The Spurs also did not have a single second chance point, the first time they had no second chance in the last 20 post-seasons. according to ESPN Stats & Information. The last regular season game with zero chances of the second chance took place on 10 March 2010 against Cleveland.
The Spurs' striker also finished with only 33 points, which was the lowest this season, and 30 rebounds reached the NBA Final 2014 in a playoff game since Match 3.
Much of their fighting on the lane was due to Warriors-Start Center JaVale McGee, whose length choked the Spurs.
McGee scored 9 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block in the opening nine minutes, surpassing his seasonal average in each of these categories alone in the opening quarter
McGee, who scored a season-high 15 points in 16 minutes also helped to strangle LaMarcus Aldridge, shooting the Spurs All-Star on four points on 2-of-8 from the field when he was his main defender.
The Warriors Reached Double-Digit Value In the first quarter, they led mainly through the control of color, where they scored 14 points on 7 of 10 shots while the Spurs just shot 1-of-7 in that area.
The warriors crowded and led through as many as 18 points in the second quarter and then 23 in the third. From then on, the barrage continued.
Game 2 is Monday in Oakland.