Warriors rally for 113-111 win after Spurs lose Leonard

Taylor Byrd
May 16, 2017

Composure and firepower were two staples of San Antonio Spurs teams that won five championships in the Tim Duncan era.

They had the top-seeded and heavily favored Warriors woozy and discombobulated.

NOTES: The only other teams to rally from more than a 20-point halftime deficit in National Basketball Association playoff history were the Cleveland Cavaliers (25 points) earlier this season against the Indiana Pacers, and the Baltimore Bullets (21 points) against the Philadelphia Warriors in 1948. Suddenly, the Warriors didn't look so invincible.

If the last few weeks of the playoffs have been all about stretching to their limits, the Spurs might finally have tip-toed right up to the breaking point. This is the first game of a very long series. Steph Curry led the Warriors second half surge with 26 of his 40 points in the second half.

"It was actually a flawless Game 1".

"We've had a pretty damn good season".

Moving on, they kept saying. Ours was a little lighter than that. "That'll be big for us". Leonard in the pick-and-roll was death to the Warriors' defense. Golden State rallied from 23 points down after Leonard left to win 113-111 Sunday as the Spurs struggled on both ends of the court without one of the game's best two-way players. The impact was obvious.

Golden State delivered, but it wasn't easy. They had a 45-point first quarter in Game 4 of the first-round series against Portland. They held off the Warriors to finish the half, with a 62-42 advantage.

They are now home resting thanks to a clean sweep in both their first and second round series against the Indiana Pacers and the Toronto Raptors.

"I always had to guard the wing in the second half after guarding the point guard, usually, as far as growing up playing ball", Shumpert said.

Klay Thompson was sleepwalking most of the game.

Popovich also accused Pachulia of being a habitually dirty player and reeled off examples. The first time, Pachulia tweeted about the "historic night" and how proud he was of himself.

The Spurs never led again.

After so much inactivity, being thrown into the intensity of a huge series had the Warriors' gasping. "They pulled out the last one in the fourth quarter when we were at home", Leonard said. Acting coach Mike Brown said he noticed Iguodala hobbling so he was cautious not to overuse him.

The Warriors needed that energy boost from Oracle, which was rocking like a throwback article. "Wish nothing serious for him because we are colleagues". "The crowd, they weren't great, they were phenomenal". And you want to know how we feel?

As usual, it was Curry serving as the defibrillator. Mr. The Warriors turned the Spurs' nine turnovers into 17 points. That was much easier to do after Leonard checked out of the game for good at the 8:53 mark.

Eventually, the Warriors were getting stops and off to the races, the arena shaking with every 3-pointer and dunk.

Golden State dominated Game 1 after Leonard went down, outscoring the Spurs 58-33 to earn the comeback win.

Kevin Durant's ability to create his own shots will be key in the upcoming Western Conference Finals. The Spurs were the ones woozy and a bit discombobulated.

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