|David Lee, PF 36 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-4 FT | 11 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | +18Just another solid game from Lee in a season where he’s been just that. He continues to finish around the basket and convert open jumpers from the top of the key.|
|Harrison Barnes, SF 33 MIN | 4-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 11 PTS | +1If not for Curry’s shooting last night, the story of the game would have been the insane dunk Harrison Barnes dropped in traffic against the Spurs.|
|Festus Ezeli, C 29 MIN | 3-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 13 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | +18Ezeli was a superb defensive force in this one as well as an imposing figure around the rim whenever he caught the ball. He played physical and was a hindrance for the Spurs all night. And he did it all without fouling.|
|Stephen Curry, PG 39 MIN | 13-23 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 35 PTS | +13Curry might have seemed a little hot and cold to start off the contest, but he finished the game by literally making it rain and putting on a shooting exhibition. The Spurs never knew what hit them.|
|Klay Thompson, SG 35 MIN | 10-17 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 23 PTS | +30Klay Thompson has not only become more patient with his shots, but he’s now becoming a terrific option against mismatches. It felt as though he scored every time he posted up a smaller guard. That silky jumper of his is a thing of beauty.|
|Mark JacksonAfter watching his defense struggle in the first half, Jackson switched to trapping pick-and-rolls involving Gary Neal in the final two periods and flustered the Spurs’ guard.|
Three Things We Saw
- The Warriors bench was productive in this one but didn’t look all that good for most of the night in comparison to San Antonio’s second unit that produced a staggering 61 points.
- Golden State coughed up the ball 21 times and consequently allowed the Spurs to produce 29 points off them. Ball security is going to be important the rest of the way. The Dubs can’t afford sloppy night against quality opponents.
- The Dubs got lucky tonight. Curry came to the rescue with his own mini spurt to close out the game and put it out of reach; but San Antonio played without Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard, Boris Diaw, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan. Great victory, but let’s not get too carried away either.