SAN ANTONIO – LaMarcus Aldridge continued to paved the way for the Spurs, who’re looking for a option to stay within the playoffs.
Aldridge had 33 factors and 12 rebounds, and San Antonio blew a 16-point result in the injury-ravaged Golden State Warriors earlier than pulling away for an 89-75 victory on Monday night time.
“I am a pacesetter, so I’ve to do what we’d like,” Aldridge mentioned. “Taking part in protection, blocking photographs, scoring. All of it comes with it.”
San Antonio beat Golden State for the primary time in 4 tries this season and received their fourth straight general to maneuver into fifth place within the Western Convention, a half-game forward of idle Utah and New Orleans.
Aldridge scored 5 straight factors early within the fourth quarter to assist the Spurs recapture a 66-65 benefit. He completed with 19 factors within the fourth, together with 11 straight that erased a four-point deficit and gave San Antonio a 72-65 lead it might not relinquish.
“He was a horse in that fourth quarter,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich mentioned. “Clearly, it wasn’t a good combat, however it simply reveals what sort of class they’ve and the way effectively coached they’re and the way badly they need to be champions once more. They performed nice and we picked the best 5 minutes to play very well on the finish of the sport.”
Already with out injured All-Stars Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, Golden State misplaced Draymond Inexperienced within the second quarter to a bruise within the pelvic space. Inexperienced took a knee to the higher groin whereas defending a drive to the basket by Danny Inexperienced.
Draymond Inexperienced mentioned he was struggling a “fixed, annoying ache,” however does not count on to overlook any video games.
“It’s going to be effective,” Inexperienced mentioned. “I believe it is simply one thing that is form of like on the peak proper now, however it’s calmed down slightly bit because it occurred. It ain’t that critical.”
The Warriors weren’t getting any sympathy from a Spurs group that has performed with out Kawhi Leonard for a lot of the season.
Golden State nonetheless managed to carry San Antonio to 12 factors within the third quarter, matching the Spurs’ season low for factors in any interval.
Two blocked photographs propelled the Warriors to their first lead of the sport.
JaVale McGee blocked Dejounte Murray’s tried floater after which scored on a dunk to drag Golden State inside 59-57 with 2:21 remaining within the third. Quinn Prepare dinner tied the sport on a jumper after Patrick McCaw got here from the weak facet defensively to stuff Pau Gasol close to the rim. Kevon Looney gave the Warriors the lead at 63-61 on jumper with two seconds left within the body.
The Spurs responded by holding the Warriors to 12 factors within the fourth quarter to assist their bid for a 21st consecutive postseason look.
“They had been nice defensively,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr mentioned. “The Spurs turned it up a notch. They’re combating for his or her playoff lives and so they performed appreciated it.”
Prepare dinner led Golden State with 20 factors, Looney added 12 and Andre Iguodala and Nick Younger had 10 every.
Mills completed with 12 factors and Danny Inexperienced added 11.
Warriors: Curry (proper ankle), Durant (fractured rib) and Thompson (fractured proper thumb) didn’t journey with the group, remaining in Oakland to proceed rehabilitating their accidents. … Curry was scheduled to be reevaluated Tuesday. … The Warriors’ highest level complete in 1 / 4 was 22 within the third. Golden State scored 42 factors within the third quarter in opposition to Phoenix on Saturday, the 11th time it has scored 40-plus in 1 / 4 this season. … Golden State has received six video games when trailing by 15-plus factors.
Spurs: Leonard was not on the bench, as he has been for a lot of the group’s present six-game homestand. Leonard (proper quadriceps tendinopathy) has performed in solely 9 video games this season. … Danny Inexperienced grew to become the third participant in franchise historical past with a Three-pointer in 400 profession video games, becoming a member of Manu Ginobili (746) and Bruce Bowen (411).
Murray had eight rebounds to set the franchise report for rebounds in a single season by some extent guard. The 6-foot-5 guard has 385 rebounds in 1,436 minutes, surpassing Johnny Moore’s complete of 378 collected in 2,689 minutes.
“He is fairly athletic,” Aldridge mentioned. “He has a nostril for the ball. He goes and will get them. That is huge time for him. He is solely going to get higher from right here.”
Warriors: Host Atlanta on Friday night time.
Spurs: Host Washington on Wednesday night time.
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