It was built up as one of the biggest games in the history of the NBA. What was supposed to be an epic offensive clash between two of the league’s hottest teams turned into a defensive battle, with the Silver and Black coming out on top.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points and pulled down 13 rebounds as he led the San Antonio Spurs to a 87-79 win over the Golden State Warriors at the AT&T Center on Saturday night.
Kawhi Leonard added 18 points and 14 rebounds and Boris Diaw chipped in 15 points in his third start of the season for San Antonio, who won their 44th consecutive home game dating back to last season. The victory was the 33rd straight regular season home victory over Golden State and improved San Antonio to 35-0 at home.
“They’re a great team, they’re the bar in the NBA and it just felt good to win tonight,” Aldridge said.
San Antonio held Golden State to their lowest point total of the season and Danny Green harassed reigning MVP Stephen Curry all night long. The Spurs held both ‘splash brothers’ of Curry and Klay Thompson in check all game long, refusing to give them any easy looks from beyond the arc.
“No, they’re just a different type of team,” Green said. “There’s a reason they were champions last year and the No. 1 team right now. They’re an anomaly. They have everybody that can shoot big baskets for them.”
The Warriors were led by Thompson’s 15 points on 7-of-20 shooting. Curry struggled and scored just 14 points on 4-of-18 shooting and was 1-for-12 from beyond the arc. Draymond Green chipped in 11 points for Golden State (62-7), who fell for the first time this season to a top 10 team in the league.
“Tonight we executed well on the defensive end, but offensively I didn’t allow us to get comfortable offensively,” Curry said. “I’ve got to play a lot better, manage the game a lot better, especially if certain shots that I normally make aren’t falling. You’ve got to be able to adjust and find different ways to impact the way.”
Curry missed on his first seven three point attempts before draining his lone three over the outstretched arm of Aldridge.
“I thought Steph missed a few early that he normally makes and he never really got in a rhythm and that happens,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said.
The Spurs are now 59-10 on the season and will return to the court on Monday night when they travel to Charlotte to face the Hornets at 7 p.m. inside Time Warner Cable Arena.