Warriors defeat Spurs with recharged defense

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Struggling to find a rhythm after going thru a period where all four of their All-Stars were sidelined with injuries going down the stretch, the Warriors took the floor against the same San Antonio franchise that they swept in last years Conference Finals, albeit a vastly different team as they've played all but nine games this season without their best player, Kawhi Leonard.

Curry, who missed Golden State's last 10 regular-season contests after the March 23 setback, will intensify his rehabilitation work in the next few days with more running and lateral movement, the team said in a statement.

Klay Thompson scored 27 points and shot 11 of 13 from the floor, including 5 for 6 from 3-pointers and Kevin Durant finished with 24 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to lead the way for the Warriors.

Gay had 15 points, while LaMarcus Aldridge and Bryn Forbes added 14 apiece for the Spurs, who fell into the No. 7 seed when they lost their regular-season finale at New Orleans to complete a 47-35 regular season.

"We finally got back to defending the way we have, the way this team has for many years, even before I got here", said Steve Kerr, in his fourth season as the Warriors' coach.

San Antonio Spurs fans are invited to cheer for the Silver & Black together during Game 2 vs. the Golden State Warriors, while enjoying Bud Light drink specials andbig prizes at the Spurs Watch Party on Monday, April 16 at The Friendly Spot, located at 943 S. Alamo St.

Klay Thompson top scored as the Warriors beat Spurs.

Despite being cleared by Spurs medical staff two months ago, Leonard has continued to recover from an injury to his right quadriceps under the care of a medical team apart from the Spurs organization.

Draymond Green is reminding everyone that the Warriors are primed for success in the playoffs after beating the Spurs in Game 1.

"Everybody kept our individual games on point", Durant said.

"Just forcing them to shoot tough shots", McGee said. The Warriors entered the half with a 57-41 lead. Though Golden State's players wanted to believe that raised stakes would be enough for them to suddenly start playing up to their abilities, they couldn't know for sure until the postseason arrived.

Kerr chose McGee to start at center in Game 1, and Kerr said he "probably" will keep it that way.

The San Antonio Spurs are in many ways the opposite of the Warriors. We have won games without our head coach. Because that's what needs to happen for San Antonio. But Thompson hit a momentum-killing 3-pointer and the Golden State defense held San Antonio to one field goal over the next 5 1/2 minutes to re-establish control at 73-55. People wondered if they could simply turn it on for the playoffs.

"He's very tall", said Kerr.

Meanwhile, in the Eastern Conference, the Toronto Raptors snapped an NBA-worst 10-game losing streak in playoff series openers by beating the Washington Wizards 114-106 at the Air Canada Centre, while the Philadelphia 76ers extended their record win streak to 17, coming from four points down at halftime to record a 130-103 blowout victory over the Miami Heat at the Wells Fargo Centre in Philadelphia.

I'm just teasing, jeez.

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