The restless Warriors start the match with a score of 17-4. It takes five minutes to see the Spurs score their first basket of the game. Romeo Langford then starts a 9-0 run that revives the Texans, but Golden State’s substitutions outside address allows them to keep the lead (33-28).
The duo of Jordan Poole and Donte DiVincenzo, who walked through this hall during the 2018 NCAA finals, drives home the point and gives his team a 16-8 (49-36) lead going into the second period. Josh Richardson and Doug McDermott keep the Spurs in ambush, but Steve Kerr’s men don’t let up the pressure, and two layups from Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole give them a 14-point advantage at halftime (74-60).
Two walk-ons from Golden State give the Spurs momentum after returning from the locker room. The last two come back, but Klay Thompson scores seven straight to make the Spurs KO (101-79) 23-7! By the end of the third quarter, the lead had grown to 25 units, and the Warriors were free to finish the game to find a way to victory (144-113).
WHAT TO REMEMBER
– Fighters attack rebalances. After making nearly 60% of their 3-pointers over the last three games, the Warriors took advantage of San Antonio’s porous defense to attack the rim with dribbles or cuts. At halftime, they were shooting 38% from the circle, well above their season average of 25%, 16-of-19 shooting. They finished the match with 70 points in the opener, 55% shooting success, 33 assists and eight players over ten points.
– Hard study of Spurs. This season, Gregg Popovich is acting more like a mentor than a coach for the young Spurs. San Antonio has the worst defense in the league, the second-worst record in the Western Conference, and the fourth-worst record in the league. Coming off a disastrous loss to Phoenix, the Warriors gave them no chance, leading by as many as 39 points. But their fans have responded and they realize they are among the favorites to produce Victor Vembanyama next June. One of their fans took the lead wearing a black Spurs jersey bearing the Frenchman’s name.
– 68,323 spectators, a new NBA record. The Spurs celebrated their 50th NBA season by returning to the Alamodome to break the NBA single-game attendance record held by the Hawks and the Georgia Dome in 1998 against Michael Jordan’s Bulls (62,046). The Spurs played at the Alamodome, an American football stadium, from 1993 to 2002. Moreover, the first NBA game in this indoor space was held on November 5, 1993 against the same Golden State Warriors team. Many Spurs legends were on hand to celebrate the historic night, including David Robinson, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili.
✅ Jordan Poole – Donte DiVincenzo. Both players came off the bench and voted for the second five. They finished with 22 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 25 points and 6 assists, respectively.
✅ Kevon Looney. The Warriors’ pivot continues to string together good performances. He had a double-double that night with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
✅ Tre Jones. The guard of “Spurs” is the most outstanding player with 21 points.
⛔ Jeremy Sochan. The Warriors completely ignored the Spurs outside the circle, and they were right. Sochan finished with 4 points on 2/9 shots.
Golden State (21-21) : Travel to Chicago on Sunday.
San Antonio (13-30): Reception of Kings on Sunday.