The Tracy McGrady Game.
…The Kawhi Leonard Game?
Okay, fine. We’ll call this one “The Danny Green Game.”
San Antonio put together a total team effort tonight, defeating the Golden State Warriors, 109-91. The Spurs now face the task of winning one more game to close out the series, and will get that chance on Thursday in Oakland.
Leading the way for the silver and black was a healthy Tony Parker, who had 25 points and 10 assists in 34 minutes. But Parker wasn’t the lone bright spot, with Green, Leonard, Duncan and Ginobili all scoring in double figures for the Spurs.
For the Warriors, the rookie Harrison Barnes was the teams leading scorer once again, with 27 points to go along with 7 rebounds. Jarrett Jack also added 20 points off the bench, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the poor performances of ‘Splash Brothers’ Steph and Klay, who had a combined 13 points on 6-of-22 shooting.
The punishment my fingernails took while watching Game 4, and the anxiety I suffered leading up to tonight’s Game 5 was all for not. Tim Duncan came out firing early, Tony Parker took over late, mix in some Kawhi Leonard shooting with Danny Green dunking, and you have tonight’s game in a nutshell.
One more win to advance, 9 more to the ultimate goal. Go Spurs Go.
- The Spurs shot 52% for the game, including an astounding 72% in the first quarter, on the way to 37 first quarter points. It was a vintage offensive performance. Sharing the ball (30 assists on 40 field goals), while shooting 48% from the three point line, and 76% from the free throw line…it’s been awhile since we’ve seen a complete game from the offense.
- We’ve harped on limiting the Warriors offensive rebounds and second chance points. Well what do you know? The Warriors only had 7 offensive rebounds, to the Spurs had 8. Crazy enough, Golden State still managed to turn their 7 extra possessions into 16 points, while the Spurs turned their 8 extra possessions into just 9 points.
- Danny Green has evolved into some kind of beast in these playoffs. I find myself more focused on watching what he does on both offense and defense, than I do Kawhi Leonard. Last season, Green was great at making key shots and played decently on defense, but never saw enough minutes to make a serious impact. Plus watching his shot completely fail him in the Western Conference Finals, versus the Thunder, was heartbreaking. But this year, he’s done it all. Emphatic blocks and dunks, driving into the lane, clutch three pointers, and the way he’s totally shut down Stephen Curry…he’s been masterful.
- In the third quarter, Dick Stockton said the Warriors were “looking for a spark” with David Lee, Andris Biedrins and Richard Jefferson on the floor. That actually happened.
- TRACY MCGRADY PLAYED TONIGHT AND IT WAS GLORIOUS. Sure, he missed his only shot attempt, but he blocked the hell out of Scott Machado to end the game, and blew past Richard Jefferson on an assist to DeJuan Blair. To see T-Mac’s amazing highlight real from tonight, go here.
Tweet(s) of the Night
No TweetCap tonight, but plenty of hilarious tweets to go around.
Richard Jefferson went to check in and hung out on Spurs’ side of scorer’s table during timeout. Ginobili and Duncan pushed him away.
— J.A. Adande (@jadande) May 15, 2013
Oh my god T-Mac and RJ going for loose balls. I am so playing NBA Live 2004 tonight.
— John (@JohnxDiaz) May 15, 2013
The lighthouse had a video playing that said “We’re (the Spurs) not about flash or style.” Then they showed a clip of Matt Bonner running.
— Matthew R Tynan (@Matthew_Tynan) May 15, 2013