It was meant to be the matchup of the year when the visiting San Antonio Spurs took on the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena, but it was far from it. The reigning champions showed the Spurs just why they’re the west’s best by demolishing them 120-90.
The Spurs and their 13-game win streak came into Oracle Arena short-handed, as they were without their starting center, Tim Duncan. Curry also notched another career stat by becoming the 26th player in NBA history to reach 1,400 career 3’s. MVP Stephen Curry scored 37 points with 6 three pointers, which was his highest-scoring total in 17 games against San Antonio.
Kawhi Leonard ended the game with 16 points, who had to step up in Duncan’s absence, but he found it hard to become offensively active against Harrison Barnes and Andre Iguodala. Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Danny Green, LaMarcus Aldridge scored a combined 21 points. Greg Popovich head coach of the Spurs spoke to the media prior to the game and spoke of the matchup and how highly anticipated it was ”Why not? It’s the two teams with the best record, playing it up would seem to be logical to me,” he said. ”We feel different going against a team that’s the best team in the league. I get butterflies in my gut and excited about the game and all that sort of thing. I don’t feel like that every night.”
So was this defeat purely because of the fact the Spurs were nervous going into the home arena of the league’s best team. Was it because the Spurs were without the great Tim Duncan. Or was it simply because the Warriors defense and fast paced game of basketball were too much for the Spurs to control. The Warriors shot at a higher percentage and had more scorers spread across their team. Golden State’s bench played a massive part in this game, by stepping up and outscoring the Spurs bench 53-49. But in the end, Steph Curry was one man wrecking crew and like always was just unguardable, and proved why he’s this year’s top MVP candidate.