Warriors turn up intensity, make statement with dominant Game 1 win
Flipping the switch
OAKLAND -- Shedding their apathetic tendencies of recent weeks, the Warriors put on playoff attitudes Saturday and rode a wave of defensive energy to a 113-92 rout of the Spurs in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.
Four starters - all except surprise starter Andre Iguodala -- scored in double figures, with Klay Thompson’s 27 points leading the way. Kevin Durant had 24, JaVale McGee 15 and Draymond Green 12. Shaun Livingston had 11 off the bench.
Spurred on by a roaring sellout crowd at Oracle Arena, the Warriors maintained control by limiting San Antonio to 36.7-percent shooting through three quarters in taking a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
As well as most everyone played -- Thomspon and Green were particularly effective -- it was Durant and McGee who set the tone early and didn’t relent.
Durant’s line: 24 points (9-of-17 shooting from the field, 1-of-4 from beyond the arc, 5-of-5 from the line), eight rebounds, seven assists and two steals. He played 32 minutes and finished plus-21.
McGee’s line: 15 points (5-of-7 shooting from the field, 5-of-6 from the line), four rebounds, two blocks and one steal. He played 16 minutes and finished plus-16.
The Warriors built a double-digit lead in the first quarter, and when San Antonio got within six (41-35) with 5:43 remaining in the second quarter they went on a 15-1 run, taking a 13-1 run, taking a 54-36 lead on a Kevon Looney putback with 1:06 left in the half.
The Warriors went into halftime with a 57-41 lead.
The Warriors led by as much as 28 in the second half, while Spurs got no closer than nine (59-50, 10:07 left in the third quarter) over the remainder of the game.
Warriors: G Stephen Curry (L MCL sprain) and G Pat McCaw (lumbar spine contusion) were listed as out.
Spurs: F Kawhi Leonard (return from injury management) was listed as out.
Game 2 is scheduled for Monday night at Oracle Arena. Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6 o’clock, with tipoff scheduled for 7:40.