Kevin Durant leads Warriors to Game 1 win over Spurs


The Golden State Warriors stormed past the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 of their National Basketball Association playoff matchup 113-92 at home on Saturday.

At long last, the NBA Playoffs are here. But the ex-Cougar standout is bemoaning the fact the game caused him to miss Washington States 78-76 nailbiter at Cal, played 11 miles up the road at Berkeleys Haas Pavilion. Their 16-1 record set a new standard that is unlikely to be broken.

Without Kawhi Leonard, the San Antonio Spurs have their hands full trying to upset the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors mostly cited their defense. Rudy Gay led all Spurs with 15. The Spurs hope to bounce back from an uninspired start to the best-of-seven series after the Warriors cruised to a 113-92 win. After a 28-17 showing in the first quarter, the Dubs won the second quarter, as well, establishing a 57-41 lead at halftime. Iggy spread his limbs all over the floor, guarding bigs and smalls, switching on the screen and generally being a pest to the other team, as he generally is this time of year. The defending champs drilled 10 triples in 22 tries (45.5 percent) and completely dominated the boards, 51-30. The Spurs finished the game with only three offensive rebounds, none of which resulted in any put back points.

Too much Kevin Durant, the sneaky elevation of Andre Iguodala to the starting point guard spot, a JaVale McGee sighting and Klay Thompson getting swishy was exactly what the Warriors needed and received.

The 2018 NBA Playoffs are now well underway and Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant is in pursuit of his second title and the franchise's third in four seasons. Though it might change for Kevon Looney to assume a secondary role over Jordan Bell while Zaza Pachulia has a healthy scratch, McGee stated his case for countering the Spurs' size in LaMarcus Aldridge (14 points on 5-of-12 shooting).

Draymond Green had a near triple double in the opening game of the Warriors first round playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs. Iguodala had three points, seven rebounds and four assists in 23 minutes. But, eight years removed from playing his final game in the crimson and gray, Thompson still looks back fondly on his time at WSU and says a few of his best memories were forged in Pullman.

Quotable: "They're going to bring out the best in us, or they're going to completely expose us". I think the whole point of these games here early in this series is to reestablish our defense. "To re-establish our defense, which has been subpar".

Before the game, the Warriors' starting lineup was another mystery.

He was great. JaVale was great.

Meaning the Warriors will examine Curry's knee on Saturday, April 21 - the day before Game 4 in San Antonio.