Heading into the final nine minutes of Game 1 of the second round playoff match-up between the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs, it was the Warriors, not the heavily favored Spurs, that appeared to be in control in their playoff destiny.
Lead by Stephen Curry’s 22-point third quarter, the Warriors had built a 16 point lead and looked quicker, fresher and hungrier than the Spurs.
Curry was simply on fire. He was 9-of-12 shooting, 4-of-6 from 3-point distance during his torrid pace in the third quarter and had his team up 98-82. With Tim Duncan struggling through the game with the flu, the game was there for the Warriors to steal and jump out to a quick 1-0 series lead.
Curry led all scorers with 44 points and 11 assists. Klay Thompson chipped in 19 points and five rebounds. Harrison Barnes had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Andrew Bogut went for 10 points and 15 rebounds in the game.
They lead 104-88 with 3:58 remaining, this game was over, in the bag. Right?