San Antonio Spurs Continue to Streak, End Golden State Warriors 12 Game Streak


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The San Antonio Spurs won their seventh straight game, 10th in their last 11, on Sunday evening, defeating the Golden State Warriors at home 107-92.

The Warriors, who are atop the Western Conference, came into the game with a 12-game winning streak, making the win all the more impressive.

The Spurs, without Tiago Splitter due to injury, came out with a lot of intensity on both sides of the ball in the first quarter. That intensity helped San Antonio gain a 31-17 advantage after one.

Golden State just could not catch up after that point, falling behind by as many as 28 in the game and making for the Warriors worst loss of the season margin-wise.

Studs of the Game

San Antonio Spurs

Kawhi Leonard was once again playing like an MVP player on Sunday, recording 26 points, five rebounds, and seven steals. All the more impressive, the 2014 Finals MVP has able to make that gaudy stat line in only 25 minutes on the floor. Defensively, Leonard helped shut down both Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green. The two were a combined 4-of-18 from the field with 10 points.

Golden State Warriors

Just because the rest of his team could not get it going, that was not going to stop Stephen Curry from making an impact on this game. Curry tried his best to keep the Warriors in it, contributing 24 points, four rebounds, and six assists. Curry was also decent defensively, limiting Tony Parker to just eight points.

Duds of the Game

San Antonio Spurs

Marco Belinelli was a nightmare offensively on Sunday night against the Warriors. The Italian guard struggled to shoot the ball, finishing with only five points on 2-of-6 shooting, 1-of-4 from deep. Even though the Spurs did not need Belinelli’s offensive production, it would have been nice to see him have a positive impact on this game. Instead, he ended the game as the only Spurs player who played more than 20 minutes to finish with a negative plus-minus.

Golden State Warriors

The Splash Brothers were yin and yang on Sunday with Stephen Curry being the good and Klay Thompson being the bad. Thompson looked like a whole different player against the Spurs, sputtering to six points on 3-of-11 shooting, 0-of-3 from deep. The former lottery pick also failed to make an impact in other areas of the box score, recording only two rebounds and a steal.

Key Numbers

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30: That’s the number of consecutive regular season home games the Spurs have won against the Golden State. Something about the Warriors and San Antonio just don’t seem to click. That’s great for the Spurs though, who need all the wins they can come by right now.

0: That’s the biggest lead the Warriors had in this game. San Antonio absolutely shut down Golden State from the tip to run away with this win. Moving forward, this should put a lot of fear into Western Conference playoff opponents, especially since the Warriors were riding a 12-game winning streak heading into this game.

1: That’s the number of teams that have beaten Golden State twice this season. The Spurs became the first team to do so following this home win against the Warriors. When San Antonio clicks like they did on Sunday, this team is arguably the best team in the league.