The Warriors had a chance to move to only a half game behind Portland in the Western Conference Standings. The only problem was that they would have to beat the Spurs – the team with the NBA’s best record and longest current winning streak. Ultimately, the Spurs did what they do best, winning decisively 99-90, despite being on a back-to-back and with both Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili resting.
San Antonio (53-16) only shot 39% in this game, a mark that is usually good enough for Golden State (44-27) to squeeze out a win. On Saturday night, it wasn’t enough as turnovers absolutely killed the Warriors, with Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Steve Blake combining for 12 turnovers alone.
After the Warriors were down by ten after the first quarter, this game had the classic making of Golden State’s patented “slow home start to a good team, followed by a run to keep the game close.” And that’s exactly what happened, as a 17-6 run at the end of the first half brought the Warriors to within three points.
In the second half, the Golden State took a very brief lead in the 3rd quarter, but that was it, as the Spurs were able to execute while the Warrior’s inconsistency on the offensive end continued with turnovers, missed layups, and poor shooting.
“It’s a disappointing loss, it’ll make us better,” said coach Jackson after the game.
The Warriors drop to 0-3 against the Spurs this season, are now 1.5 games behind Portland for the 5th seed, and only lead Dallas by 1.5 games in the Western Conference. Golden State is definitely feeling heat on its back at the moment and needs to stay focused with 11 games remaining in the regular season. They’ll next take on Memphis at Oracle on Friday, a game which is sure to have playoff implications.