The Spurs traveled to Oakland Thursday night to take on the defending champion Golden State Warriors.
It didn’t take long for the drama to start in this game as Golden State Warriors superstar, Stephen Curry, went down with an ankle injury in the first two minutes of the game. He was ruled out and did not return to the game.
Both teams got off to relatively slow starts on the offensive end. The Warriors made a quick run towards the end of the first quarter to lead 28-21.
The San Antonio Spurs completely dominated during the second quarter of action. Their defense was stellar while their offense was explosive. It was good enough to give them a 4-point lead heading into halftime.
LaMarcus Aldridge led the way for San Antonio during the second half. Golden State couldn’t really find any answers to stop him as he went for 30 points and 17 rebounds.
However, it just wasn’t enough.
The Spurs led by eight points in the fourth quarter with under five minutes to go. Then, Kevin Durant happened.
Durant went for 15 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter and propelled the Warriors to a 110-107 victory.
As for the Spurs, the scoring was pretty well spread around despite Aldridge’s 30 being the outlier. The Spurs had six guys in double figures.
Tough little stretch
This would’ve been an extraordinary win for the Spurs given they’re in the middle of a three-game road trip that includes the Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Houston Rockets. Not to mention, the Spurs are still fighting for a spot in the playoffs.
The Spurs currently sit at a record of 37-28 which puts them as the fifth seed in the Western Conference. The bright side is they’re only two games out of third place. The downside is they’re only two games out of 10th place.
The Spurs are in unfamiliar territory as it comes to not being a lock to make the playoffs. Because of the brutal schedule that awaits them, they’re going to need every win they can get.
They’re next opportunity to continue to fight for a playoff spot is with the seventh-seeded Thunder on Saturday night.