Aren’t they supposed to be getting old by now? The San Antonio Spurs continued their youthful revival with a completely convincing win over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, 118-98. The Spurs finished November with a 14-1 record, while the Warriors limped to a 6-9 record for the month.
In good times and in bad, the Spurs have always dominated the Warriors. Oh, who am I kidding? Good times? It’s been too long to remember them. San Antonio has more NBA titles than Warriors have play-off appearances since future Hall-of-Famer Tim Duncan came into the league, and last night, the all-time great showed off all of his skills, scoring 15 points, grabbing 18 boards, and dishing out 11 assists.
It was the Spurs’ 8th straight win over Golden State, who haven’t beaten the Spurs since January of ‘08, and last night wasn’t even close. Up by 10 at the break, the Spurs opened it up in the 3rd quarter, leading by 18 heading into the 4th and cruising to the win. Manu Ginobili scored 27 points of his own as the veteran guard continued his recent scoring surge.
Even with the return of David Lee, who had 18 points to go along with 7 rebounds, and Andris Biedrins pulling down 18 boards, the Warriors couldn’t contend with Duncan or DeJuan Blair. The 2nd year pro out of Pittsburgh had his best game of the season, scoring 16 points and hauling in 10 rebounds, his 2nd double-double of the season.
Stephen Curry led Golden State and all scorers with 32 points, the 2nd highest output for the 2nd year guard this season, but it wasn’t enough as the Spurs stretched their road winning streak to eight games, having yet to lose away from the Alamodome.
In other words, the Spurs continue to be one of the league’s elite teams, and soon enough, will have to be mentioned in the same breath as the recently struggling two-time defending champion Lakers. The Warriors, on the other hand, have dropped 8 of 10, and are now two games under .500 through 18 games.
You can’t say enough positive things about the way San Antonio has been playing as of late. As for Golden State… you can’t say enough positive things about the way San Antonio has been playing as of late.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Except, in this case, nothing has changed.
About the Author
Written by Scott Johnston
Scott Johnston is a longtime Sports TV Producer/Writer from Los Angeles who now lives just outside of Boston. After a long career at KCAL-TV in L.A., where Scott covered such things as Kirk Gibson’s HR, Hank Gathers death, and Magic Johnson’s retirement, NBA ll-Star Game MVP performance and subsequent return to the NBA. His favorite team is the Oakland A’s and whomever happens to be playing the Yankees, USC or the Cowboys on that particular day. Scott left his staff position at KCAL and formed his own small production company in 1996 while continuing to freelance there and at other stations, including WTTG in DC for two years. His company, ProTVSports, started out covering one team during Spring Training in 1997 but now covers six of the Cactus League teams. He also covers tennis and golf events during the year and has had the privilege of covering 5 NBA Finals, including two of the last three. Scott loves all sports, but considers baseball to be his favorite. He loves politcs, reading, movies and his wife and two daughters—not in that order!