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The Spurs extend their win streak to nine against the short-handed Warriors.
The Spurs held off a furious Warriors team and a furious Warriors rally to remain the hottest team in the NBA. Behind good defense and limited turnovers to build a double-digit lead early on, the Spurs girded themselves at every turn because it always felt like the Warriors would explode at any moment. DeMar DeRozan carried the offense down the stretch and brought fond memories of early season DeRozan who would close out games for the Spurs.
At times, the dooming reality of a Warriors’ comeback felt prophetical due to bad transition defense on the Spurs’ part and offensive turnovers that allowed the Warriors to tie the game and threaten to blow it open late in the 3rd quarter. Klay Thompson and Steph Curry both at times looked unstoppable, but the good guys prevailed and kept grinding on defense to force the Warriors from staying in a lasting offensive rhythm. LaMarcus Aldridge gutted out 23 points and 13 rebounds while DeRozan beautifully iced the game down the stretch for the good guys and led all players with 26 points.
The Spurs picked the right time to peak and play great team basketball, and tonight it showed against the defending champs.
San Antonio wraps up their four-game homestand against the Miami Heat on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 7:30 PM CDT.
Source: Pounding The Rock