Thursday proved to be a different story, as they got past the Spurs at home 112-101 with relative ease. With the victory, the Warriors became just the second team in NBA history to reach 70 wins.
Not surprisingly, Stephen Curry led the way for the Warriors with 27 points, five rebounds, nine assists and two steals. Despite its recent struggles, Golden State had its full roster intact for the first time in months and looked rejuvenated against the second best team in the league.
The Spurs were mostly healthy, too, but did miss a key component in Boris Diaw to combat the diversity of the Warriors’ attack. Diaw missed the contest due to a strained right abductor and expressed his frustration after watching his team suffer a rare loss:
Frustrated that I couldn’t play and that we lost but it’s never easy to win in San Francisco. Thanks for all your messages and support.
— Boris Diaw (@theborisdiaw) April 8, 2016
The Spurs held the Warriors to 79 points with Diaw in the starting lineup in their last outing and gave the Warriors’ bigs all kinds of fits in that game, scoring 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting.
Jim Park is a blogger and Tweet of the Night author of Sheridan Hoops. Follow him on twitter @SheridanBlog.