OAKLAND, Calif. — Klay Thompson scored 25 points, 10 coming in the third quarter to help Golden State pull away, and the Warriors beat the San Antonio Spurs 122-105 on Saturday night.
Stephen Curry added 17 points and eight assists as coach Steve Kerr earned his 250th career coaching victory. Draymond Green had 17 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds in another well-rounded outing — and his first technical-free game in the last three.
Kerr became the fastest to 250 coaching wins in NBA history, doing so in 302 games. That tops his former coach, Phil Jackson, who reached the mark in 346 games. Yet Kerr, the 2016 NBA Coach of the Year, received 39 victories during a leave of absence following complications from back surgery at the start of the 2015-16 season, when then-top assistant and current Lakers coach Luke Walton coached Golden State.
Zaza Pachulia scored 12 points on his 34th birthday and Kevin Durant was limited to a season-low 10 points in a rare cold night from the floor at 3 of 9, but had six rebounds and dished out six assists.
LaMarcus Aldridge and Kyle Anderson led San Antonio with 20 points apiece, while Manu Ginobili had 13 points and six assists off the bench for the Spurs.
Thompson had a quick five-point burst midway through the third.
Curry provided a brief scare when he grimaced after appearing to get a foot tangled with Danny Green before a break at the 8:45 mark of the third. He was examined by athletic trainer Chelsea Lane and stayed in the game.
This was a rough one for San Antonio after one of its best games earlier in the week.
The Spurs lost for the third time in four games after putting up a 129-81 blowout at Phoenix on Wednesday night — San Antonio’s third-largest margin of victory.
Draymond Green’s 3-pointer gave Golden State a 58-55 edge at the break. Then the Warriors took off.
David West made all six of his shots for 13 points for Golden State off the bench facing his former Spurs team.
It was a game of runs early.
Golden State used an 8-0 burst to close within two before San Antonio answered with a 10-0 spurt. The Warriors started the second on a 9-1 run to stay close.
Spurs: Patty Mills earned the start back in the Bay Area where he starred for mid-major power Saint Mary’s College. … Mills shot 1 for 5 from deep as the Spurs were just 5 of 27 from 3-point range.
Warriors: Kerr joined three other Warriors coaches with 250 or more victories: Al Attles (557), Don Nelson (422) and Edward Gottlieb (263). … Green stood pat …read more