Sometimes the San Antonio Spurs just have to remind fans how they became a dynasty in the first place.
Behind brilliant performances from Tony Parker and Tim Duncan, the Spurs walked into Oracle Arena and recaptured home-court advantage, defeating the Golden State Warriors, 102-92, on Friday night.
Parker finished with a game-high 32 points and five assists as he carved the Warriors defense with an endless barrage of pick-and-rolls. Duncan added his customary 23 points and 10 rebounds while coming up with a couple key plays on both ends of the floor down the stretch.
And, as it always does, coaching played a massive factor in this victory for San Antonio, which gives the Spurs a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
In a series that's been so dominated by Golden State's ascending shooters, Gregg Popovich showed why he's the best chess master in the game. The Spurs sent a variety of looks at Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, flashing on high screens, sending quick traps and flummoxing the young guards into mediocre performances.
Curry, who also seemed to tweak an ankle injury in the fourth quarter, scored only 16 points on 5-of-17 shooting. He made just three of his nine shots from beyond the arc, as Golden State was a dreadful 6-of-19 from distance.
Thompson led the way for Golden State with 17 points, but was 7-of-20 from the field himself. On a night where David Lee again came back to the lineup—hoping to inspire the Oracle Arena crowd and teammates the way he did for Game 6 against Denver—the Warriors fell flat.
The two teams resume the series on Sunday at Oracle Arena. Something tells me the home crowd will be expecting a little more next time around.