The San Antonio Spurs opened up the 2018 NBA Playoffs with a blowout loss to the Golden State Warriors, 92-113.
In the rematch from last year’s Western Conference Finals, the Warriors picked up where they left off as they opened up the game out-scoring the Spurs 28-17 in the first period.
And from there, the Warriors never relinquished their lead which grew to as much as 28 points in the game.
The Spurs were out-rebounded 30-51 by the Warriors. They were also outdone in field goal percentage as they only shot 40-percent from the field compared to the Warriors’ 54.3-percent.
To make matters worse, the Spurs scored zero second-chance points while the Warriors scored 15 points.
Klay Thompson contributed a game-high 27 points, with two rebounds, two assists and a steal. Kevin Durant tallied 24 points and a game-high-tying eight rebounds, adding seven assists and two steals in 32 minutes of play.
Here is a sampling of what the teams said following the game:
Spurs' Manu Ginobili:
"Well, they are a very good defensive team, and they started with a lineup of very athletic, long wings, and they switch everything, and they are always very good at switching back when you have a mismatch and rotate, and with their athleticism, they are able to rotate properly."
Spurs' Dejounte Murray:
"Hats off to Golden State. They did what they were supposed to do which is protect home court. That’s what you’re supposed to do. They won the first game. I think we came out not mentally prepared as a group."
Spurs' Rudy Gay:
“It was all of our mistakes. They’re one of those teams where we knew how well they shoot. We can’t give them any space or any momentum."
Warriors' Klay Thompson:
"As long as our intensity and our communication is up to par, we are really hard to beat and that's what we want to do for the rest of the series."
Warriors' Steve Kerr:
"Just wanted to put our best defensive lineup on the floor from the beginning. I think the whole point of these games here early in this series is to reestablish our defense. I think you guys know, over the last month or so, our defense has been sub-par."
Warriors' Draymond Green:
"We're a championship ballclub. We know what it takes this time of year in order to win. You know, we want to get back to that, regardless of what everyone is saying, the Warriors have lost it; they are not together; they can't win without Steph, they are not the same team."