The Warriors - who could ultimately end up facing San Antonio for a place in the National Basketball Association finals when the playoffs get under way - looked to be in deep trouble as the Spurs raced into a 29-7 first quarter lead.
SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 29: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors handles the ball against the San Antonio Spurs during the game on March 29, 2017 at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. On Wednesday, the Warriors said Durant "has made very good progress" and "a return to game action prior to the end of the regular season remains a possibility".
"There's no question we've benefitted from resting guys", Kerr told reporters after Wednesday's win.
The Houston Rockets look to avoid a three-game losing streak for the first time this season.
Houston opened a three-game road trip with a 117-107 loss to Portland on Thursday but still possesses a solid five-game lead over Utah as it closes in on clinching the No. 3 seed in the West.
Today, we finally got an update on Durant's injury status. "Great player. Played against James since I was in high school, so it's something I cherish". They look like the team that beat LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the NBA Finals two years ago. Former Stanford, WNBA and Olympic star Jennifer Azzi was honored after the first quarter and presented with a No. 8 Warriors jersey by Warriors COO Rick Welts.
"We're on the right track", Curry said.
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It is always hard in the first game after global duty, all the players arrive at different dates , but we were very professional. Thankfully for the Spurs fans housed there, Dier displayed plenty of control with a measured finish in the 66th minute.
Curry paced the Warriors with 14 points while Thompson added 11 (all in the second quarter) and Iguodala hit for 10.
More often than not, Iguodala has been rising up to finish powerful dunks and catching lobs at a rate that would make the young Iguodala who played for Philadelphia smile.
West was phenomenal defensively and perhaps had his best game as a Warrior on the offensive end.
After the Warriors and Spurs met, the Wizards are now the lone squad.
San Antonio jumped to a shocking 15-0 start. Leonard shot 7-for-20 from the field while being guarded by a rotation of defenders. The stretch doesn't get much easier as Golden State hosts Houston again on Friday, but at least now, Steve Kerr's squad gets a day of rest. "It's helpful for us". With 2:21 left, he slowly dribbled it into the frontcourt, saw Livingston placing his arm out as part of a prepared defensive stance and just swung his shooting motion right threw it for three free throws. LaMarcus Aldridge had 17 points and six rebounds.
But the Warriors have been hopeful since he suffered the injury February 28 in Washington that they can get Durant some game action before the playoffs begin so they don't have to throw him into postseason play cold. Naturally, Golden State struggled in the immediate aftermath of Durant's absence.