Spurs defense holds down Warriors
Over the last nine games, the Spurs have the best defense in the NBA.
They proved it again Monday, holding the Golden State Warriors in check and defeating the NBA’s best team 111-105 at the AT&T Center. Now, the Spurs are the NBA’s hottest team, winning nine in a row and 11 straight at home.
LaMarcus Aldridge was again solid for the Spurs, playing the four now, with Jakob Poeltl starting. Aldridge scored 23 points and pulled down 13 rebounds.
DeMar DeRozan added 26 points for the Spurs and added eight assists and eight rebounds. Rudy Gay scored 17 off the bench.
Klay Thompson and Steph Curry has their worst offensive performance in a half when they combined to for 4 of 22 in the first two quarter. Of course, Curry did hit a 61-foot shot to end the first quarter and eventually got going.
Curry finished with 25 points. Thompson, though struggled all game as he was dogged by Derrick White. He finally got going in the fourth — eventually scoring 11 in a row — but the Warriors also had problem keeping Kevin Durant on the court. He picked up his fifth personal foul with 7:52 remaining, fouling Marco Belinelli, who converted a four-point play. Durant finished with 24 points.