Spurs snap 3 game losing streak at home on Sunday against the Golden State Warriors in a 104-92 rout. The Spurs came off a road trip resulting in losses at the hands of the Kings, Suns, and the Clippers.
Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge struggled on the road scoring only 14 points against the Kings, 6 against the Suns, and 10 against the Clippers leaving DeRozan to try and carry the team.
Sunday night, Aldridge wasn’t feeling home sick anymore as he finished with 24 points, 18 rebounds and 3 assists.
DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay provided help respectively with 20 points for DeRozan and 19 for Gay. Our new “Big 3” between Gay, DeRozan, and Aldridge, also provided some big time highlights including a monster dunk on the Warriors defense by Gay. Following the dunk by Gay, DeRozan made a flashy spin move around Kevin Durant for a highlight layup and Aldridge followed with some key blocks against the Warriors’ big men.
Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson accounted for almost all of the production for the Warriors. Durant finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Thompson finished with 25 points and 2 rebounds.
The Warriors are a different team without leader Stephen Curry who is still out with a left groin strain. Warriors forward Draymond Green is also out with a right toe strain. The Warriors are under the microscope following the dispute during a game last week between Durant and Green. Despite denials of any animosity between the players, it clearly has affected team performance in already a bumpy season.
Six of the last seven teams the Spurs face for the rest of November are above .500 and have at least two to three MVP candidates.
It’s the early season games against teams like the Warriors and the Rockets that could make a difference between a good or bad spot in the playoffs, or worst case scenario, a playoff berth or failure to make the playoffs. With Derrick White getting better, and the return of rookie Lonnie Walker is imminent, the Spurs are shaping into what could maybe be a 60 win team.