Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Spurs win in crucial Game 3, 114-127 at home.

The Spurs won all but the final period versus the Warriors, surging to a 37-27 lead after the first. Kawhi Leonard had a 'cool' 36 points, dominating on offense and bothering Kevin Durant on defense. Durant would have 25 points in the game, but gave the only strong performance for the flailing Warriors, who now face a 0-3 deficit.

Steph Curry had 22 points but missed some open shots from long range, which might've altered his confidence as he looked less aggressive in this game, finishing with 16 assists. MCW smothered him on defense which chased him off the line. Klay Thompson eventually got going, but the early lack of productivity for the Warriors put them behind all night. Carter-Williams had 12 assists, 9 rebounds and 6 points. It was easy for him, passing to a hot Danny Green (16 points, 4 three-pointers) and utilizing the pick-and-roll with Gasol (who had 27 points too, by the way, with 9 monster rebounds).

Meanwhile, Kawhi was on fire, as the Spurs won the 3rd quarter 39-28, all but sealing the victory. The Warriors would wake up in the final period, trying to cheaply steal the game, but only got within 12 points. San Antonio's bench stepped up too in this game, winning that battle 38-12: David Lee had 10 points and 8 rebounds, Thaddeus Young had 10 and made a 'dagger' three-pointer to quell the run by Golden State.

Tony Parker will be fresh for what could very well likely be a final game 4, marking a would-be sweep that nobody had seen coming. If it happens, that is. But MCW made it easy for Tony tonight, who only played 10 minutes. The Spurs drew from GS's frustration, getting 10 more free throw attempts and cashing in. For the Warriors, Zaza Pachulia had a strong showing with 18 points and 13 rebounds as did Draymond Green with 20 points and 13 rebounds, but GS just looked a step slow tonight.