After losing in Sacramento the day before, the Warriors upset the young Spurs by overhauling their lineup. They dished out 34 assists, rebounded (51%) and caused 19 turnovers.
In the absence of an ailing Tre Jones, the Spurs started the game with three turnovers on their first four possessions, allowing Jordan Poole, who was resting Klay Thompson, to put the Warriors (14-4) into orbit. However, Spurs are getting back into the game with an offensive comeback. They even passed before the Warriors chained four 3-pointers to restore a seven-point lead (33-26).
Golden State’s defense then takes control of the game and provides rhythm to its offense. Moody, Wiggins, Poole and Curry continued the Dubs’ skill fest at ten meters to extend the lead to +16 at halftime (61-45). After returning from the locker room, the meeting takes on a reformative aspect. The Curry – Poole double kicks off a 15-0 run that keeps the Spurs at -31 (76-45)! Despite Keldon Johnson starting the third quarter, the Spurs would never trouble the Warriors, who cruised to an easy victory (132-95).
WHAT TO REMEMBER
– Jordan Poole is finding his rhythm. Jordan Poole, who replaced Klay Thompson on the bench for the second game of this back-to-back, was able to benefit from the Stephen Curry effect. As Steve Kerr explained before the game, when Poole plays Curry, the opponent’s best defender takes care of the two-time MVP, giving Jordan Poole more space and opportunities. He started the game on a high note, scoring 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting while continuing his momentum around the “second block.” Even more encouraging to Steve Kerr, Poole was more refined with the ball and decision-making. So he limited his dribbling and turnovers, his two favorite sins.
– Golden State’s defense is finding consistency. Facing the Spurs, who do not have players who can punish one-on-one, the Warriors put the Texans under the extinguisher from the beginning of the meeting. San Antonio shot 38 percent in the first quarter, including 2 of 12 from long range. Another positive for Steve Kerr, the second five of Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody, JaMychal Green, Anthony Lamb and Donte Di Vincenzo or Jordan Poole kept the same intensity and the Spurs had a nightmare in the second quarter (30%) shots and 5 frees bullet). The only downside for the Warriors was that they conceded 22 offensive rebounds to their opponents.
– Spurs are dragging. Gregg Popovich’s men started the season with five wins in the first seven games. Since then, they have slumped to six losses in their last seven games. Their defense took off again last night, never able to stop Golden State’s collective play. The Spurs, who came into San Francisco leading the NBA with nearly 30 assists per game, left the Chase Center with just 17 assists, 6 of which came in garbage time.
✅ Jordan Poole. Holder, Poole, had his best game of the season, finishing with 36 points on 13-of-20 shooting and 5-of-10 from 3-point range. He went through the Spurs defense while playing fair, as evidenced by his lack of ball play.
✅ Stephen Curry. For the first time this season, Curry did not finish as the team’s leading scorer. The two-time MVP was subdued but efficient with 16 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists in the final quarter without playing as the Texas defense focused on him and hot hand Jordan Poole.
✅ Jonathan Kuminga – Ja Mychal Green – Moses Moody. Often out of Steve Kerr’s rotation this season, all three players were in the spotlight that night. In particular, Kuminga (15 points, 5/7 shooting) showed patience, while Green (9 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks) and Moody (11 points, 5 assists, 2 rebounds) showed versatility.
✅ ⛔Keldon Johnson. The Spurs’ top scorer, who was transparent in the first half, tried to revive his team by scoring 11 of his 15 points in the third quarter.
⛔ Devin Vassell. Vassel, who has been brilliant since the start of the season, went against the Golden State defense and finished with 6 points on 3/11 shooting.
Golden State (6-8) : The Warriors travel to Phoenix where they will take on the Suns on Tuesday night.
San Antonio (6-8): Spurs chain back-to-back tonight in Portland.