But what ultimately satisfied the Warriors was not their 17-point first-quarter lead, but the sustained and disciplined effort that built it.
"It could have gone either way".
"They came out with a sense of urgency from the beginning and they played that way for 48 minutes", acting Warriors coach Mike Brown said.
The Golden State Warriors extended their undefeated postseason streak to ten games Tuesday night when they defeated the San Antonio Spurs by a score of 136-100.
Mills had a forgettable game, missing four of his six shots for five points. In his 24 minutes, he scored 26 points on 7-of-13 shooting, eight rebounds and three assists. And while it looked like it would be inevitable that the Warriors would take the lead by the end of the 3rd or the start of the 4th, that didn't happen until very late in the game. The Warriors are still waiting for Klay Thompson to get into a flow offensively and join Curry, Durant, Draymond Green and a motivated supporting cast (the bench produced a season-high 63 points in Game 2).
"When the game starts, it's whoever wants to grab that momentum early and set the tone for the game, and I think we did that a little bit better tonight". In that regard, the rust was quite prevalent and the Spurs took an advantage of it, too. Before this game, the Warriors had six days of rest.
The Spurs, who led by 23 points in the third quarter when Leonard left the game, lost Game 1.
In the second quarter, the Spurs finally began to find their offensive touch from the floor.
With Leonard out, the Spurs needed Aldridge to step up as a scorer and rebounder, as he did in the clincher against the Rockets, when he finished with 34 points and 12 rebounds in 25 minutes. By being aggressive on the defensive end, the Warriors managed to push their transition offense, knock the Spurs' defense on its heels, and establish the ball-movement on which the Warriors thrive. The Spurs can't afford to fall into a 3-0 series deficit, so with their backs now against the wall, I'm backing the Spurs to come out fighting and pull out the upset at home. "It's going to be hard fought. So LaMarcus was a huge opportunity for us to try to convince him to come".
The Cavaliers led by 22 points going into the locker room at halftime. But in the third quarter he rose for a jump shot and landed on Pachulia's foot. "But part of my game is to take tough shots and make tough shots".
All of it together produced a 36-point win, which is the second largest playoff victory in franchise history and the largest since the Philadelphia Warriors won a playoff game by 39 way back in 1948.
The other big news from Thursday's Spurs practice was Kawhi Leonard's reported appearance at the practice facility.
Against a team like Golden State, throwing the kitchen sink at him in the low block, life isn't as simple as "just go score".
"Juan Vazquez on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Pachulia and the Warriors on behalf of Spurs season ticket holders and San Antonio card shop What's On Second". He also made all 11 attempts from the free throw line. With the money he is being paid to be a superstar on this team, there is no excuse to put up that type of performance against the best team in the National Basketball Association during the regular season.
"You just want to continue to build good habits, sustain the level of play".