Iguodala, who started just seven games all season before Saturday, had missed four of the final five regular-season games with a sore left knee. Thompson and company shot 54.3 percent from the field including 45.5 percent from long range, while grabbing 10 offensive rebounds to the Spurs' three. In the first half, MeGee had 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting plus a couple of blocked shots inside. San Antonio visited Golden State for the third time in as many months.
San Antonio's offense all season used at its core LaMarcus Aldridge working out of the post, where he can score two on a fadeaway over anyone.
He was, however, seen going through warm-up drills before the game. Now that the playoffs are here, it seems very unlikely that San Antonio has much of a chance against them without Kawhi being involved.
The Warriors and the Spurs continue their series on Monday at 7:30 p.m PST. "I think the whole point of these games here early in this series is to reestablish our defense". More comfortable in the Spurs' make-up this year than last, Aldridge did what any second star needs to be able to do - when his team needed him for a stretch, he became the first star. While the Warriors (2) enter the postseason without Stephen Curry.
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Durant filled up the stat sheet, registering 16 points, six rebounds and five assists before halftime.
To be fair, the awakening of the Warriors' defense will receive a more accurate measure if and when they advance beyond the Spurs and face, for example, the Blazers with Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum and of course the turbocharged Rockets with James Harden and Chris Paul and all those three-point slingers.
San Antonio averages 43.8 points in the paint per game, which ranks 19th in the league. Kerr's boys ended the regular season with a 58-24 win-loss record, a far cry from their usual standard of regular season excellence.
The game was never in doubt heading into the fourth quarter, as the Warriors took an 86-63 lead into the final frame. This season, Curry was averaging 26.4 points per game along with 6.1 assists per game.
Durant had 11 points in the first quarter and surprise starter JaVale McGee gave Golden State an unexpected lift with nine points, helping the Warriors, the second seed in the Western Conference, take command from the start en route to as many as an 18-point lead in the first half.