The Golden State Warriors took game-1 over the San Antonio Spurs, 113-111, in the Western Conference Finals, Sunday, May 14, 2017. The contest took place at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
The Warriors were playing, again, without their head coach Steve Kerr, who is sidelined due to illness. Assistant coach Mike Brown was at the helm. He is a former assistant to Spurs head coach Greg Popovich. The Spurs came in without starting point guard Tony Parker, who will remain out with injury until next season.
San Antonio began with a 5-0 run. Golden State responded with a 6-0 run of their own, to take a brief one-point lead. The Spurs then began to assert their will on the Warriors with a 21-8 run to end the quarter ahead; 30-16.
The second quarter featured the Spurs continuing to execute their sharp offense and smothering defense. They went on a 14-3 run to start the period and led 44-19 for their largest lead of the half. They held off the Warriors to finish the half, with a 62-42 advantage.
The third period saw the Spurs extend their lead for the first four minutes of the quarter. Kawhi Leonard then suffered an ankle injury with 7:55 left and did not return.
The Warriors took full advantage of Leonard’s absence and began a terrific comeback from being down 78-55 to the Spurs. They went on a furious 18-0 run in the next four minutes and finished the third behind by nine points; 90-81.
The fourth quarter was scintillating. The home crowd saw their Warriors complete the comeback from, as many as, 25 down in the first half. They took the lead 101-100 with 4:09 left. It was Golden State’s first lead since 8-7 in the first quarter.
The Spurs stayed close for the final minutes and retook the lead twice in the last four minutes. However, the Warriors would not be denied and retook the lead themselves with 1:15 remaining and finished with the victory. They remain undefeated in the playoffs this season.
The Spurs were led by their forward LaMarcus Aldridge, with 28 points. Leonard had 26 points for San Antonio before he was injured. The Warriors leading scorer was superstar Stephan Curry with a game-high 40 points.
These two will match up for their second game in Oakland on Tuesday, May 16. It is unknown if Leonard will be back for the Spurs for that game.
Written By D.T. Osborn
Edited by Cathy Milne
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