It was a Chinese New Year celebration at Oracle Arena on Friday night as the Warriors body-slammed the San Antonio Spurs 110-99 for their 43rd victory of the season. For the last two decades, San Antonio has dominated the Warriors like no other team. The Spurs swept the series last season and had won 53 of the last 61 games against Golden State. If there was any fear felt by the Warriors in the past, it may have been transferred on this night. They appear to have officially turned the corner as San Antonio never really stood a chance in this one.
While the brilliant Steph Curry (25p, 11a, 4st, 4r,) queued up his fair share of highlight reel contributions, it was performances from the likes of Andre Iguodala and Harrison Barnes that proved to be the difference.
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As you can see from the box score, the Warriors attacked from all angles leaving the Spurs in their wake after halftime. Routine big shots from Curry and Klay Thompson (20p) were complimented by a combined 6 of 10 by Barnes/Iguodala from downtown.
Aussie Andrew Bogut helped set the tone early, blocking two shots from fellow national representative Aron Baynes in the first quarter. Not only did the big fella bring the pain on the defensive end, he also caught a sick lob from Curry that got the ROARacle crowd pumping.
San Antonio kept up the fight early but fell away as the game wore on. The Warriors’ bench was far too strong and continued chipping away, deflating the defending champs. Even the mild-mannered Kawhi Leonard appeared agitated at numerous stages of the game, while Tim Duncan lashed out on a frustration foul, which is rare to say the least.
Oh, and let’s not forget Tony Parker, who was completely dominated throughout the game by Steph Curry.
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The Warriors will now embark on a six game road trip visiting Indiana, Washington, Cleveland, Toronto, Boston and Brooklyn. Let’s hope the Warriors put on a good show and edge closer to win number 50 once they return to Oakland.