It wasn’t pretty. It wasn’t the best performance of the season, but a win is a win and the San Antonio Spurs are surely happy they were able to come out on top after the game was over. The Spurs had a tough game against the Golden State Warriors at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, and they showed that defense can still win games as they ended the game on top 76-74.
If there’s one key about the Spurs’ performance against Golden State, it was that the team led by Gregg Popovich were able to slow down one of the best offenses in the league. The Spurs never allowed the Warriors to lead at any point of the game and they held them to only 74 points, by far their lowest scoring output of the season.
Despite the fact that the Spurs were out-rebounded 45 to 42, the biggest difference was the turnovers. San Antonio only had 12, but Golden State had 19 and it was noticeable that the Warriors lacked their usual floor general in Stephen Curry, who was unable to suit up for the game due to an injury sustained against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
There weren’t many bright spots offensively for the Spurs except for Tony Parker, who ended up with 18 points, four assists and five rebounds. He carried the team on his back for most of the game right when his team needed him.
There’s little doubt that the Spurs started the season on the right foot as they have only lost one game so far, but they need to tighten things up offensively because all these close games could end up affecting the team down the stretch, where veteran players like Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili need to be fit if the Spurs want to make a deep playoff run.
As long as they can continue showing this kind of defensive play, the Spurs are poised to continue winning games more often than not.