The Golden State Warriors won at the start of the NBA playoffs 92-113 to the San Antonio Spurs in the first game of the first round of the Western Conference playoffs to the best of seven.
Despite the absence of star point guard Stephen Curry – he will not play in the entire tie – the Warriors were always the best team on the track at Oakland’s Oracle Arena, where guard Klay Thompson emerged as the current attack leader. league champions getting 27 points, with 11 of 13 field goals scored, including 5 of 6 triples.
The forward Kevin Durant supported him with another 24 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, and two recoveries, which left him as the Warriors’ most complete player who, at halftime, had the match decided with a partial of 41-57.
Veteran pivot JaVale McGee, who came out of the starting line, in a great decision of Warriors coach Steve Kerr, contributed 15 points, with four rebounds and two blocks.
The power forward Draymond Green was also decisive inside and outside the paint and proved it by staying at the doors of a triple-double after getting 12 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds, recover two balls and put a stopper.
The best of the bench of the Warriors was the base Shaun Livingston, who achieved 11 points, five rebounds and two assists in just 19 minutes he was on the field.
As a team, the Warriors achieved a 54 (44-81) percent of accuracy in field goals, and 46 (10-22) triples, compared to 40 (32-80) and 41 (9-22), respectively. , of the Spurs, who were swept under the Golden State team hoop to capture just three offensive rebounds by 10 of their rivals.
The game ended with 51 rebounds for the Warriors and only 30 for the Spurs, a clear demonstration of the superiority of the current league champions in all facets of the game, with the exception of the control of the ball, which the Californian team committed 15 losses by 12 of the Texan team.
The reserve power forward Rudy Gay with 15 points was the leader of the Spurs attack that had only three players with two-digit numbers and missed the absence of franchise player the forward Kawhi Leonard.
Another tall man and franchise player of the Spurs, power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, did not have his best individual performance and the contribution of 14 points with just two rebounds did not give him the option to fight for the win.
Backup reserve Bryn Forbes, who contributed 14 points, with two rebounds and one assist, scored 4 of 8, including a three-pointer on four attempts.
Veteran Argentine guard Manu Ginobili, who came off reserve, became the fourth highest scorer of the Spurs to provide nine points in the 17 minutes he was on the track.
Ginobili, 40, scored 3 of 6 field goals, including the two triple attempts he made, and 1 of 2 from the personnel line, in addition to capturing three rebounds, he handed out an assist, recovered three balls and lost three more…
While the Spanish center Pau Gasol, who also left reserve, played 20 minutes and contributed six points.
The Sant Boi player scored 3 of 5 field goals, captured four rebounds-two defensive-and lost two balls.
The second match of the tie will be played next Monday at the same stage of the Oracle Arena.