Published: Mon, May 15, 2017
Sport | By Dustin Murphy

Warriors rally for 113-111 win after Spurs lose Leonard

Warriors rally for 113-111 win after Spurs lose Leonard

The Spurs' odds are down to +700 (Warriors -1200) at, but few unbiased observers are actually picking San Antonio to defeat the Warriors four times. The Spurs blowing a 25-point lead for the first and only time in 317 games they'd owned such an advantage with Popovich as their coach can do that to a guy.

Off the back iron, up in the air, and finally ... through the net. Curry hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 106 with 1:48 left, and Draymond Green put the Warriors ahead to stay with a 3-point play 33 seconds later.

The Golden State Warriors had a win probability of 3 percent when Kawhi Leonard sprained his ankle with 7:53 remaining in the third quarter.

When the Golden State Warriors travel to San Antonio for Games 3 and 4 of the Western Conference Finals, Zaza Pachulia might want to steer clear of room service or restaurants.

Despite a strong run to start the first, the Warriors quickly gave up a lead they wouldn't regain until the closing moments of the game. He shot 7 of 13 in 23 minutes to go with eight rebounds and three assists.

Now on to some happier news, the stars of this game were undoubtedly Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant. Leonard is scheduled to have an MRI on his ankle later Sunday evening and his return is uncertain, but should he return, the Warriors will need to do a better job of beating Leonard on both ends of the floor if they hope to win the series.

The play caused an uproar over whether Pachulia intentionally left his foot in Leonard's landing zone, and whether some action other than a common foul should have been called because of it. Pachulia shook off such a notion after the game, saying, "That's really stupid". "I'm not that good to do intentional stuff like that".

"I love that he's here - it helps", said general manager Bob Myers, who watched the first half with Kerr.

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"I just did what I was supposed to do and challenged his shot".

"We definitely wanted to win - I think we were rushing a little as we were trying to come back..." I hate anybody going down like that with an injury. We struggled a lot without him and it's a tough break. Dirty play that sure looked on goal.

"Did he step under it - like on objective?"

"It was huge", Spurs veteran Manu Ginobili said of the absence of Leonard. The shot clock was coming down. "I don't know. I have to see the play". But he couldn't carry the team after Leonard left the game, going 2 of 9 and scoring only six points in the fourth quarter. The Warriors won Game 1 of the NBA Finals last season but lost the series to the Cavaliers.

I spent much of the last two months of the regular when the Cavs looked bad saying I was concerned about their chances of securing their second straight NBA Title.

And this wasn't a token appearance, either, as he addressed his players at halftime before yielding to acting head coach Mike Brown. San Antonio killed them, 34-12, in points in the paint, and led 6-2 in second-chance points, despite getting just one more offensive rebound. "Wings, run like insane, just settle a little (and) get three stops in a row".

The Spurs laid all the groundwork to separate themselves early in the game, so finding themselves attempting to trade buckets down the stretch is disappointing.

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