INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - LeBron James scored 32 points and combined with Kyle Korver for all but two of Cleveland's final 13 points as the Cavaliers evened the first-round series against IN at two games apiece. And their poor first-quarter habits led the Warriors conceding they were too large for even their star-studded team to overcome. In the three Warriors wins in the series they totaled 35 triples on 85 attempts, or 41.2 percent, while the Spurs made a combined 20 of 83 (24.1 percent) in their three losses.
Long story short, it was a complete backbreaker for the Warriors, demoralizing them to the point that they lost their composure and focus. So, to follow that, LaMarcus Aldridge hit a 3-pointer to keep this game at a 12-point distance.
The Warriors actually heavily out-rebounded the Spurs, 61-34, but it didn't matter, since they failed to make the most out of their second chance opportunities.
While trying to overcome a fourth quarter deficit to close out the series, Steve Kerr opted to play Nick Young along with core of Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, and Klay Thompson.
San Antonio shot 53% on three-pointers after shooting just 26% in the opening three games.
Aldridge banked in a 3-pointer with 4:22 remaining to stop the Warriors' run and Ginobili took over with a pair of 3-pointers in the final minutes. "We've never been through this type of adversity", said Ginobili. He knew that the Spurs outplayed them.
They came up one basket short at the end.
San Antonio played its second game in a row without coach Gregg Popovich, whose wife died Wednesday. Then, after a couple of free throws from Manu Ginobili, the Warriors failed to answer with their next possession, allowing the Spurs to get the ball back. They simply outplayed the Warriors in this one, and as ESPN's Chris Haynes reported, the mood in the Golden State locker room after the game wasn't quite what we've become accustomed to with this group.
The Warriors were unstoppable on the boards.
The Warriors had an opportunity, though, to have two extra days to prepare for the Western Conference semifinals against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Curry, 30, has been out since March 23 and missed the team's last 13 games.
San Antonio shot 44.7 percent (21/47) and made 7 of 15 three-pointers in the first half.
Warriors 113, Spurs 92, Saturday, April 14, Oakland, Calif.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 22 points and added 10 rebounds to lead San Antonio, but it was Manu Ginobili who once again willed the Spurs to victory. While Durant scored proficiently (34 points) without efficiency from the field (12-of-28) and 3-point range (4-of-13), Klay Thompson almost disappeared altogether ) 12 points on 4-of-16 shooting).
The Warriors have been fortunate that they were able to match up against the Spurs in the first round, because it's nights like tonight where fans can see how important Steph Curry is for the Warriors. It's one of the reasons they struggled down the stretch of the regular season as well. The home team is 9-2 ATS in the last 11 meetings and the Spurs are 0-9 ATS in their last nine road games, so I'm going with the Warriors to clinch the series with a big win at home.