The San Antonio Spurs bruising style of defense held the Golden State Warriors to 79 points as they improve to 35-0 at home. LaMarcus Aldridge led the team with 26 points and 13 rebounds in the win.
“They’re a great team, they’re the bar in the NBA and it just felt good to win tonight,” Aldridge said according to ESPN.
It certainly felt good on Saturday night for the best defensive team shutting down the best offensive team in the NBA. The Spurs knew that the second meeting would be different compared to the first one early in the season. They had their home record on the line, knowing that they need to stop Stephen Curry and the rest of the team. The Spurs held Curry to 4 of 18 shooting, making only 1 of 12 from the three point line.
“Tonight we executed well on the defensive end, but offensively I didn’t allow us to get comfortable offensively,” Curry said. “I’ve got to play a lot better, manage the game a lot better, especially if certain shots that I normally make aren’t falling. You’ve got to be able to adjust and find different ways to impact the way.”
Curry couldn’t adjust and even his splash brother Klay Thompson shot terribly as well. Kawhi Leonard, who finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds, guarded Draymond Green. Leonard limit their execution of getting into their pick and roll sets. Tim Duncan came off the bench to counter their small-ball lineup. Coach Gregg Popovich threw different schemes to Curry, making him uncomfortable.
Although it’s only one game, The Spurs may have found something despite for the Warriors missing Andre Iguodola and Andrew Bogut. Warriors will come back with a vengeance, but expect this to be a six or seven game series if they meet in the western conference finals.