Warriors rally for 113-111 win after Spurs lose Leonard

Kevin Durant: Kevin Durant scores 34 points in win

Kevin Durant: Kevin Durant scores 34 points in win

I had to challenge the shot, which was a handoff situation. Only one of those players, Curry, uses more than 30 percent of the team's playoff possessions.

Then came the pushback.

The complexity of what most considered a compelling Western Conference Finals changed with one play. If not, it might be over even quicker than we thought. "A very bad outcome of the game".

In the United States city of Oakland in game one of the finals against the Warriors, All-Star small forward Leonard scored a game-high 18 points in the first half as the Spurs stunned the top-seeded Warriors with a 62-42 start.

After Kawhi rolled his ankle on Pachulia's foot as he was attempting a jump shot, questions arose as to what Pachulia's intentions were. But teams that win more than 65 games in the regular season, like the Warriors, have a 43-3 series record after winning Game 1. As the basketball-watching world saw just three minutes and nine seconds later, Leonard (26 points, eight rebounds) is their everything. After all, the left ankle injury that decommissioned Leonard was borne of a freak occurrence - or, to be more precise, of a set of freak occurrences. He was injured near the same spot less than two minutes later. "They pulled out the last one in the fourth quarter when we were at home", Leonard said. I haven't talked to anybody. I know he got his foot stepped on again, so he hurt the same foot. Leonard had helped San Antonio into a commanding 78-55 lead when he limped off with an ankle injury. "We need Kawhi to create, to score". "We were doing really well". When he went down, the Warriors were starting to pick up.

"It was huge", said Manu Ginobili. Popovich said. "You want to know if that lessens our chances or not?" "We're not that type of team". The play where he took Kawhi down and locked his arm in Dallas and could've broken his arm. "No, he was contesting the shot". "I think it motivates us knowing that we played the way we did for that amount of time. Because as soon as he released he ball, I turned around and tried to chase the rebound and see where the ball was going and then apparently, he landed on my foot". But I don't think it was intentional. "But you go back and watch the film, they're both identical". But I still have faith in them. Durant had 14 points in the game prior to that. Parker is out for the remainder of the postseason.

Leonard didn't return, giving Golden State an opening for an 18-0 run and a 113-111 comeback victory. "Play a team like that, can't make the mistakes we made".

"I feel good. Get back healthy. Great effort, tough loss, great opportunity and we let it slip away".

On Sunday, those qualities belonged to the new Western power, the Golden State Warriors, especially after the Spurs lost their current standout, Kawhi Leonard, to an injury.

Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge added 28 points and eight boards. They were a +16 on the court together in Game 1 against the Spurs. He also finished with four turnovers. Stephen Curry scored 40 points and nailed a tying 3-pointer with 1:48 remaining. During the regular season, not only were they the most efficient-scoring team in the restricted area as previously mentioned, they were also the most efficient from mid-range, and they remain one of the most risky three-point shooting teams in the league.

There's also the hangover impact to consider for San Antonio going forward. The Warriors outrebounded the Silver and Black 43-37.

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