Reactions: Spurs 104, Warriors 102
|David Lee, PF 39 MIN | 13-22 FG | 6-7 FT | 13 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 32 PTS | +3Lee was liability defensively on multiple occasions, but he more than made up for it with his board work and interior scoring. The Spurs simply struggled to defend him both on the block and off the dribble.|
|Andre Iguodala, SF 31 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 6 PTS | -3Iggy coughed up the ball in a few instances in this one, but he was still a factor with his defense and playmaking. He was a steady contributor, although he did look out of sync at times.|
|Andrew Bogut, C 32 MIN | 3-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 18 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 3 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -6Bogut was great interior presence and made venturing into the paint a living hell for the Spurs. The Aussie was physical throughout, attacked the glass with fervor and forced multiple misses with hard contests at the basket.|
|Stephen Curry, PG 40 MIN | 12-28 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 15 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 30 PTS | -5Curry brought the Warriors back in the fourth with his shooting and playmaking, but he also made some questionable decisions that cost the Dubs. He forced a few shots and stopped looking for his teammates late, which made him a little easier to defend in the fourth compared to the rest of the contest.|
|Klay Thompson, SG 41 MIN | 6-18 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 5 TO | 13 PTS | -5Klay missed a couple of open shots and then began rushing some of his attempts. In addition, his defense was less than stellar and resulted in a few late closeouts against a deadly long-range shooting team.|
Three Things We Saw
- Golden State committed 24 turnovers against what was mostly non-existent defensive pressure. San Antonio extended their defense for a very small stretch and then quickly retreated. Still, the Warriors could not get out of their own way and simply kept giving up the ball.
- David Lee had a great game in this one and yet, he probably should have scored more. No one could defend the former Florida Gator on the inside, but his teammates had stretches in which they simply froze him out and opted for low-percentage 3-point shots.
- Stephen Curry almost won the game for the Warriors. However, he made some costly mistakes that changed the landscape of the game for the Dubs late. He got his shot rejected on a three-on-one fast break (Klay Thompson had an easy layup in this situation), committed an offensive foul and went away from a David Lee screen-and-roll late in the shot clock. Golden State simply must execute better in fourth quarters.
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