It was an encouraging sign for Durant to have a strong Game 1 against a San Antonio team he struggled against somewhat this season.
BC-BKN-Spurs-Warriors, 2nd Ld-Writethru, 884Durant, Thompson lead Warriors to a 2-0 series lead on SpursAP Photo OAS105, OAS109, OAS110, OAS103, OAS101, OAS102, OAS104, OAS107, OAS106, OAS108Eds: Warriors 116, Spurs 101.
Brown won 47 games his first three seasons as the Sixers underwent the Process - and 52, plus Game 1 this season.More news: José Mourinho threatens to axe stars for FA Cup semi-final
In Game 1, the Warriors enjoyed a double-digit lead for the entire second half.
JaVale McGee had the defensive assignment on Aldridge at the start of the game and actually outscored him 9-4 in the Warriors' first-quarter runaway. McGee was a huge spark, contributing nine points and three rebounds in the first quarter, and 15 points on the day. The one thing we always say to Andre is shoot the ball, we trust his shot, we have confidence in him. In game 1 of the playoffs, the Warriors ended up winning by more than 20 points and looked tough through the whole game. Durant also had six rebounds and six assists for the Warriors, who went without key backup big man David West down the stretch after he sprained his left ankle early in the fourth. The Warriors will now take a 2-0 lead to San Antonio after earning a pair of victories in front of their home fans. "We're going to have to reevaluate how we're going to guard them". Mills, who averaged 8.3 attempts during the regular season, and 8.8 during the last postseason, only took the shot 5 times in this game. In that blowout loss, he scored 23 points, but shot just 9-of-27 from the field.
"We had a lot of juices flowing, adrenaline, rushing", Green said.More news: Ford Moves to the Mustang in 2019
Golden State is 6-15 ATS in its past 21 games. It wasn't that the Spurs were less physical, it was more that the Warriors attacked so quickly that they didn't give the defenders a chance to do the same damage they did in the first half.
Embiid won't be back for Game 2 on Monday night, as he'll continue to sit with his facial fracture. "I have seen this a million times, as a player, as a broadcaster, as a coach".
Golden State came with the kind of swarming defense it is so used to playing but hadn't shown much lately as rotations were mixed and matched because of injuries and illness. Having Derrick Rose take the most shots on the team - and five more than Towns - simply isn't going to work in any situation. At the team's lowest point last month, the Big Four - Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant - were all absent for two consecutive losses against IN and Utah at home. The two teams meet in Miami on Thursday in game three. As of Monday afternoon, 66 percent of public bets have sided with host Golden State.More news: Watch SpaceX launch an observatory to hunt alien planets
Draymond Green had a near triple double in the opening game of the Warriors first round playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs. When Thompson, one of the best shooters in the league, catches fire, it's nearly impossible to put him out, and the Warriors made sure to get him the ball in the second and third quarters.