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Thompson, Durant lead Warriors past injury-riddled Spurs

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry are already thinking about Golden State's postseason possibilities.

The Warriors' slow start could be a byproduct of that early daydreaming.

Klay Thompson scored 27 points, Durant had 24 and the Warriors overcame a lethargic first half to beat injury-riddled San Antonio 112-92 on Thursday night, handing the Spurs their fourth straight loss.

Curry added 21 points for Golden State in its first meeting against San Antonio since sweeping the Western Conference finals en route to the NBA title.

''Me and (Durant) were talking about it on the bench tonight,'' Curry said. ''It is tough to still be Nov. 1st or 2nd and be looking forward to April, May, June. But having gone through the experience last year and three years ago and understanding what it takes to win a championship, it's kind of cliche, but every game you can learn a little bit something about yourself and continue to build great habits to get there.''

One lesson is staying focused against the Spurs, even as the five-time champions face their own struggles.

San Antonio played without Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker, as they did in the conference finals. Unlike those blowout victories, the Warriors struggled to close out the Spurs.

''We might as well start every game here down 20,'' Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. ''Other than the playoffs last year, that will be four or five straight games where that happened. You have to be able to match the Spurs' intensity, especially because they're such a good rebounding team.''

The Warriors took their first lead two minutes into the third quarter at 60-57 on Durant's 3-pointer.

Durant missed his first eight shots and the Spurs made six 3-pointers in the first quarter in bolting to an early double-digit lead.

Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points and 10 rebounds, continuing his resurgent season.

''LaMarcus was magnificent,'' San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. ''He's been magnificent every game. His perseverance his hustle, his focus has been off the charts. He's done a great job.''

Kyle Anderson added 16 points in place of Leonard, who has not played this season while suffering from an injured right quadriceps.

San Antonio led 31-12 lead after Golden State went scoreless for 4 1/2 minutes midway through the opening period.

Golden State slowly cut into the lead behind its defense. After shooting 48 percent in the first quarter, the Spurs were held to 33 percent in the second quarter. San Antonio was 1 for 5 on 3-pointers and 7 for 21 overall in the second quarter.

''Our focus (sparked the rally), especially on the defensive end, and not fouling,'' Thompson said. ''Those two things are great because when we do that, we are able to get out in transition and get easy buckets. Our focus on that side of the ball was really good.''

Thompson finished 11 for 17 from the field, including 5 for 8 on 3-pointers.

The Spurs finished 7 for 24 on 3-pointers, failing to make a 3 in the second half after draining six in the opening quarter.

''We contested shots, we rebounded and we got out in transition,'' Durant said.

Zaza Pachulia, making his first appearance in San Antonio since Leonard was lost after landing on the center's foot in Game 1, was heavily booed throughout the game.

TIP-INS

Warriors: Golden State has made at least 10 3-pointers in each of its games this season. The Warriors were 14 for 28 on 3s against the Spurs. ... Thompson has a 3-pointer in 63 straight games, the league's longest active streak. ... Durant has scored at least 20 points in all but one of the team's nine games this season. ... JaVale McGee played in his 500th career game. ... Golden State closes out a three-game trip in Denver.

Spurs: Leonard and Parker have played a combined three quarters against the Warriors in the last five games, including the postseason. ... Parker missed the entire conference finals with a ruptured quadriceps tendon and Leonard aggravated an ankle injury in the third quarter of the opening game. ... Mills made his 600th career 3-pointer, 551 of which have come with the Spurs. ... San Antonio is 62-19 at home against Golden State. . Brandon Paul is the first Spurs rookie to play over 105 minutes in his first eight games since Kawhi Leonard did so in 2011.

FAKE NEWS

Popovich told TNT that Leonard could return in three weeks after missing the entire preseason and the first eight games of the regular season due to a right quadriceps injury.

When asked if that was true, Pop demurred.

''You can't trust the media,'' Popovich said, chuckling. ''Come on.''

BLOCK PARTY

Golden State had 11 blocked shots, including an emphatic block by Thompson on Aldridge.

The block led to an animated celebration by Thompson, followed by an ensuing turnover.

''It felt great, until I turned it over and got pulled out,'' Thompson said. ''That is karma for you. But it felt really good.''

NO WAY

Popovich was ejected with 4:47 remaining in the game after complaining Patrick McCaw was not called traveling minutes after Aldridge was assessed a traveling violation.

UP NEXT

Warriors: Visit Denver on Saturday night trying to end a two-game skid against the Nuggets.

Spurs: Host Charlotte on Friday night in the second of a six-game homestand.

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Key Players
S. Curry
30 G
L. Aldridge
12 F
34.0 Min. Per Game 34.0
23.6 Pts. Per Game 23.6
1.9 Ast. Per Game 1.9
8.4 Reb. Per Game 8.4
49.7 Field Goal % 47.7
50.0 Three Point % 49.6
95.4 Free Throw % 78.0
  Defensive rebound by Jordan Bell 0:17
  Brandon Paul missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:19
+ 1 Brandon Paul made 1st of 2 free throws 0:19
  Personal foul on Jordan Bell 0:19
+ 2 Patrick McCaw made finger-roll layup 0:34
  Defensive rebound by Omri Casspi 0:51
  Bryn Forbes missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:54
+ 2 Omri Casspi made layup, assist by Nick Young 1:06
  Out of bounds turnover on Brandon Paul 1:16
  Out of bounds turnover on Jordan Bell 1:33
  Lost ball turnover on Davis Bertans 1:36
Team Stats
Points 112 92
Field Goals 43-83 (51.8%) 34-87 (39.1%)
3-Pointers 14-28 (50.0%) 7-24 (29.2%)
Free Throws 12-16 (75.0%) 17-23 (73.9%)
Total Rebounds 48 55
Offensive 4 14
Defensive 36 32
Team 8 9
Assists 30 19
Steals 11 6
Blocks 11 7
Turnovers 14 16
Fouls 20 10
Technicals 2 4
24 PTS, 8 REB, 5 AST
24 PTS, 10 REB, 2 AST
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away team logo Warriors 6-3 24263428112
home team logo Spurs 4-4 3322231492
Team Stats
away team logo Warriors 6-3 116.1 PPG 45.8 RPG 28.1 APG
home team logo Spurs 4-4 110.2 PPG 44.3 RPG 23.8 APG
Key Players
K. Thompson G 22.6 PPG 4.2 RPG 1.9 APG 44.9 FG%
L. Aldridge F 18.8 PPG 9.6 RPG 2.1 APG 47.7 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Thompson G 27 PTS 3 REB 2 AST
L. Aldridge F 24 PTS 10 REB 2 AST
51.8 FG% 39.1
50.0 3PT FG% 29.2
75.0 FT% 73.9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Thompson 30 27 3 2 0 1 1 1 11/17 5/8 0/0 0 3 34 -2
K. Durant 34 24 8 5 0 3 2 5 9/18 2/4 4/4 0 8 43 +14
S. Curry 31 21 8 4 3 0 2 2 7/13 3/4 4/4 1 7 38 +16
D. Green 29 16 5 7 1 0 3 5 7/8 1/2 1/2 1 4 33 +15
Z. Pachulia 13 4 3 2 0 0 2 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 0 3 9 -1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Thompson 30 27 3 2 0 1 1 1 11/17 5/8 0/0 0 3 34 -2
K. Durant 34 24 8 5 0 3 2 5 9/18 2/4 4/4 0 8 43 +14
S. Curry 31 21 8 4 3 0 2 2 7/13 3/4 4/4 1 7 38 +16
D. Green 29 16 5 7 1 0 3 5 7/8 1/2 1/2 1 4 33 +15
Z. Pachulia 13 4 3 2 0 0 2 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 0 3 9 -1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
P. McCaw 19 9 1 2 0 0 0 2 3/6 2/4 1/2 0 1 14 +9
A. Iguodala 23 5 4 3 2 1 1 0 1/6 1/4 2/4 0 4 17 +12
O. Casspi 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 4 +3
J. Bell 11 2 5 3 2 1 1 2 1/4 0/0 0/0 2 3 15 +12
D. West 12 2 0 0 2 3 1 1 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 0 6 +1
N. Young 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 0 2 +3
J. McGee 7 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 2 -1
S. Livingston 19 0 1 1 0 1 1 2 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 1 3 +19
D. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Looney - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Q. Cook - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Boucher - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 112 40 30 11 11 14 20 43/83 14/28 12/16 4 36 220 +100
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Aldridge 35 24 10 2 2 2 2 3 8/22 2/4 6/8 5 5 40 -15
K. Anderson 26 16 7 4 1 2 1 1 5/8 0/0 6/6 3 4 33 -3
P. Gasol 25 11 6 2 0 0 1 1 5/8 1/2 0/0 0 6 20 +3
D. Green 30 8 3 4 0 2 1 1 4/10 0/3 0/0 0 3 20 -1
P. Mills 28 6 1 3 2 0 0 1 2/7 2/6 0/0 1 0 15 -13
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Aldridge 35 24 10 2 2 2 2 3 8/22 2/4 6/8 5 5 40 -15
K. Anderson 26 16 7 4 1 2 1 1 5/8 0/0 6/6 3 4 33 -3
P. Gasol 25 11 6 2 0 0 1 1 5/8 1/2 0/0 0 6 20 +3
D. Green 30 8 3 4 0 2 1 1 4/10 0/3 0/0 0 3 20 -1
P. Mills 28 6 1 3 2 0 0 1 2/7 2/6 0/0 1 0 15 -13
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Gay 18 9 7 1 0 1 3 2 3/10 1/3 2/2 4 3 16 -16
B. Forbes 9 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 3/4 0/1 1/1 0 0 9 -10
M. Ginobili 18 6 2 0 0 0 3 1 2/6 1/2 1/2 0 2 5 -14
D. Murray 19 4 6 2 1 0 3 0 2/5 0/0 0/0 1 5 12 -7
B. Paul 20 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0/6 0/2 1/2 0 1 1 -18
D. Bertans 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 2 1 -3
D. White 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/2 0 1 1 -3
K. Leonard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Lauvergne - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hilliard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Costello - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Parker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 92 46 19 6 7 16 10 34/87 7/24 17/23 14 32 173 -100