Warriors takeaways: What we learned from 141-102 win over Spurs

Warriors takeaways: What we learned from 141-102 win over Spurs


OAKLAND -- After a tight first quarter, the Warriors ran a basketball clinic on the San Antonio Spurs and cruised to a 141-102 victory Wednesday night at Oracle Arena.

Six players scored in double figures, led by Klay Thompson (26 points) and Kevin Durant (23) as the Warriors moved to 38-15 and a 1.5-game lead over the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference.

The game was never in doubt after Warriors throwback unit, the “Hamptons 5” -- Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala, Draymond Green, Thompson and Durant -- went on a 13-2 run over the final 2:50 of the first half to give the Warriors a 66-52 advantage.

Here are three takeaways from the victory, the fourth time this season the Warriors have won by at least 30 points -- all in the past four weeks:

Durant sends a message

Durant, who has been verbally quieter than at any time in his Warriors career, spoke loudly with his game from the start, making his first six shots and scoring 15 points in the first quarter.

He was more physically demonstrative than he has been of late and submitted his most efficient shooting game since Dec. 3 at Atlanta

Durant’s 23 points came on 9-of-13 shooting, including 3-of-4 from deep while going 2-of-2 from the line. He played 29 minutes, recorded nine assists, eight rebounds, three steals and finished plus-28.

If he was out to prove a point -- that his demeanor is not an issue, as the Warriors have been contending -- he was a rousing success.

Boogie’s Night, Part VIII

In his eighth game since returning Jan. 18, Cousins continued to show progress, scoring 15 points (3-of-6 from the field, 0-of-2 from beyond the arc), grabbing six rebounds, handing out three assists and blocking two shots.

Cousins played only 17 minutes -- the Warriors took a 32-point lead into the fourth quarter -- and finished plus-8.

Cousins took another hard fall, after which he was limping slightly. He remained in the game, however.

Iguodala’s massive impact

One of the most reliable barometers of how the Warriors are playing is the effectiveness of Iguodala. He was highly, highly effective at both ends on Wednesday.

Iguodala scored 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including 1-of-3 from beyond the arc. He added six rebounds, four assists and, by rough estimate, about eight "hockey assists". He played 19 minutes and finished a whopping plus-36.

Why Mychal Thompson was nervous for Klay's first game vs. Kobe Bryant

Why Mychal Thompson was nervous for Klay's first game vs. Kobe Bryant

Klay Thompson is just about the most cool, calm, collected player in the NBA. He never gets rattled and he's never nervous.

But Klay's dad Mychal is a different story.

The elder Thompson posted a photo on Twitter on Monday from Klay's very first game against Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, and he revealed that he was nervous to watch his son face his idol.

Mychal said he was nervous because of the way Kobe treated rookies he faced. In that game, on Jan. 6, 2012, Bryant 39 points, seven assists and four rebounds in the Lakers' 97-90 win over the Warriors.

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Klay, in just his seventh career game, scored 14 points off the bench.

Born in Los Angeles, Klay grew up worshipping the late Bryant. Just this week, the Warriors star stopped by Staples Center to pay his respects to Bryant and his daughter Gigi, who died in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26.

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Based on the photo of Klay guarding Kobe eight years ago, it doesn't look like the 2011 No. 11 overall draft pick was nervous at all.

Steph Curry says NBA players upsetting President Trump doing 'right thing'

Steph Curry says NBA players upsetting President Trump doing 'right thing'

Steph Curry isn't able to peacefully protest in Orlando, Fla., but he's proud of what his NBA peers are doing with their platform.

Throughout the NBA restart at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, entire teams have taken a knee during the playing of the national anthem to protest racial and social injustices. Players are wearing social justice messages on their uniforms. They are using their Zoom conference calls with reporters to call for equality and for the Louisville police officers who shot Breonna Taylor to be arrested.

In particular, United States President Donald Trump has taken exception to NBA players kneeling during the national anthem, stating that he's turning off games because of the action.

But Curry believes if NBA players are angering President Trump, their message is the right one.

“My barometer is always, if the current president is upset about something that somebody’s speaking out on, then you’re probably saying the right thing," Curry told The New York Times' Marc Stein on Monday. "Whether they’ve knelt, or sacrificed an interview to talk about Breonna Taylor, or whatever’s important, they’re talking about it and they’re backing it up with action.”

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James spoke to reporters last week about President Trump turning off NBA games because players are kneeling.

"I really don't think the basketball community are sad about losing his viewership, him viewing the game," James said last Wednesday. "And that's all I got to say."

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Curry, LeBron and the rest of the NBA community understand what they are trying to accomplish with their actions and words. They are making a push for justice and equality in society. They are not concerned with President Trump's opposition.

And as Curry indicated, if the current president opposed what they are doing, they should keep doing what they are doing.