The San Antonio Spurs have taken a 2-1 series lead over the Golden State Warriors in the NBA playoffs, thanks to an impressive 102-92 win at ORACLE Arena on Friday.
We learned in Game 3 what we all assumed, that the Warriors can't win if both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson have average to below-average performances.
Curry and Thompson combined for just 33 points on 12-of-37 shooting from the field and 6-of-14 shooting from beyond the arc.
Tony Parker almost outscored the Warriors' dynamic duo by himself, with 32 points on 13-of-23 shooting from the field. While only eight of those points came in the second half, it was enough to get the job done.
More impressive than any offensive performance, though, was the Spurs' collective team defense, especially on the Warriors' perimeter offense—led by Danny Green, who shut Curry down throughout the night.
Tim Duncan's double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds didn't help the Warriors either, as he seemed to knock down shots at pivotal moments throughout the night.
If the Warriors want to even this series before it heads back to San Antonio, they will have to figure out how to overcome Green's defense on Curry and pray that both Thompson and Curry don't have off nights at the same time.