San Antonio Spurs 111, Golden State Warriors 94: The passing, oh my
AT&T CENTER — The ball zipped around from point-to-point like a game of Pong on a sugar rush. For the sluggish Golden State Warriors, fresh off a 105-100 loss to the Mavericks in Dallas Tuesday night, it was almost unfair.
The San Antonio Spurs toyed with the Warriors for three quarters before ultimately putting Golden State out of its misery in the fourth of a 111-94 win on Wednesday night.
The Spurs were able to get to the basket at will early against the Warriors, who had four starters play at least 40 minutes the previous night in Dallas. 20 of San Antonio’s 29 first quarter points were in the paint, and 17 on the fastbreak.
Golden State eventually adjusted, making better rotations and preventing easy looks at the rim. But where a window closed, a door opened and San Antonio kick-started a malicious game of keep away that often ended in points for the Spurs.
“I thought everyone did a really good job of finding the open man. Being aggressive but understanding that teammates were open and making the easy pass to the next guy,” Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich said after the game.
San Antonio assisted on 31 of the team’s 43 field goals and committed only 11 turnovers. Tony Parker (nine) and Manu Ginobili (eight) combined for 17 assists, and every player who appeared in the game, with the exception of Matt Bonner, registered at least one.
“Coach said it was going to be a penetrating and kick kind of game,” George Hill said postgame. “Starting with TP and Manu, I think they started the game moving the ball great and finding open shots for everybody else and we just fed off that.”
Had it not been for some defensive lapses in the second and third quarters, and some weak rebounding early, San Antonio would have put the game away much sooner. But credit the Warriors, they had a puncher’s chance and took it. The Spurs were simply humming on offense. Floating, stinging, butterflies, bees. All that stuff.