RECAP: Stephen Curry’s 3rd-quarter surge leads Warriors past Spurs

By Field Level Media
Feb 9, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; San Antonio Spurs center Jakob Poeltl (25) and forward Keldon Johnson (3) go after a rebound against Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) in the first quarter at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Stephen Curry scored 32 points, 16 of them in a pivotal third-quarter Golden State run, as the visiting Warriors rolled past the San Antonio Spurs 114-91 on Tuesday in the second game of a two-day back-to-back between the teams.

The Warriors burst away from a game tied at 53 with a dominating third-quarter spurt that produced a 21-point lead. San Antonio cut that margin to 88-76 two minutes into the fourth quarter but could get no closer.

Seven players scored in double figures for Golden State, which snapped a two-game losing streak. Eric Paschall added 15 points for the Warriors, with Andrew Wiggins scoring 14, Kelly Oubre Jr. 12, Juan Toscano-Anderson and Damion Lee 11 each and Kent Bazemore tallying 10 points. Draymond Green dished out 11 assists, and Oubre had 10 rebounds in the win.

Rudy Gay led the Spurs with 17 points off the bench while Trey Lyles added 15, Patty Mills and Keldon Johnson scored 13 points each and DeMar DeRozan finished with 12 points.

The game was knotted at 50 at halftime, with Curry leading the Warriors with 16 points and Lee adding 11. DeRozan paced the Spurs with 10 points.

The Warriors ran away in the first seven minutes of the third quarter, building a 76-55 lead via a 23-2 run that was capped by Curry’s 3-pointer at the 5:17 mark. San Antonio missed 8 of its first 10 shots in the quarter to fall into a hole from which it would not be able to climb, as Golden State ended the period up 86-70.

The Spurs were without LaMarcus Aldridge for the fourth straight game as the veteran center tries to work his way back from a hip injury. Aldridge received a pain reducing injection in his hip Tuesday and will be re-evaluated in four or five days.

Rookie Devin Vassell started the game for San Antonio and became the first lottery pick selected by the Spurs to do so since Tim Duncan in 1997.

–Field Level Media