92-113. The Warriors’ display against the Spurs with Thompson as a leader

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Johnson revalidates the title of champion in the Masters of Houston, after defeating Sandgren

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The American Steve Johnson revalidated on Sunday the title of champion of the Tournament of Houston, Masters 250 of the ATP when winning in the final by 7-6 (2), 2-6 and 6-4 to his compatriot Tennys Sandgren.

Johnson, 28, 51 in the world, took a cash prize of $ 99,375 and 250 points for the ATP classification, while Sandgren, who played his first professional final, won $ 52,340 and 150 points.

The champion became the first American to repeat the title in Houston since Andy Roddick did it in 2001 and 2002, after also being the first player to repeat the final since his compatriot Jack Sock won it in 2015 and 2016.

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In addition, he became the first local tennis player to eliminate four compatriots to the final since the Peruvian Jaime Yzaga did it when the tournament, played on a clay surface, was played at the Charlotte headquarters in 1991.

The game that lasted two hours and 22 minutes, was decided thanks to the many decisions that Johnson got with his serve when he won the first heat in the “tie-break” to which they arrived without having lost their serve.

Despite having lost the set, Sandgren, who faced Johnson for the first time, played his best tennis in the second and broke the serve to the champion in the sixth game and in the eighth to win and force the third and decisive.

Again both players, with safe service, and hits from the back of the court kept the score 4-4 until in the ninth game Johnson made the “break” that was all he needed to then ensure with his serve the victory and revalidate the title.

Johnson, who won the ninth straight game at the clay court at River Oaks Country Club, played the fourth final in an ATP tournament and got his third professional title.

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Despite the defeat, Sandgren, 26, 56 in the world, will join the 50 best in the ATP classification. The furthest thing that had come before was the quarterfinals he reached this year at the Australian Open.

Sandgren, who was the executioner of the Argentines Nicolás Kicker and Guido Pella, became the sixth player in the tournament to play his first professional final in Houston.

The Houston Tournament, unique on a clay surface, distributed prizes worth 557,050 dollars and 250 points for the world ranking of the ATP.

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