The Golden State Warriors limped down to Texas to play the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night. The winner will be at the top of the Western Conference, as both teams have gone 4-1 to start the season. Stephen Curry sat out the game with his bum ankle, which was just slightly more important than Matt Bonner not suiting up because of a sore calf.
In a surprising clash of gritty defense, the Spurs held on to win it 76-74. Neither team scored a point over the final 2:22 of the game, yet the Spurs snagged a ridiculous string of offensive rebounds to help run out the clock and survive with a home victory.
Klay Thompson missed the mark over and over, shooting 5-of-16 from the floor. However, Toney Douglas stepped up with five three-pointers on his way to a game-high 21 points. Tony Parker led San Antonio with 18 points of his own, but he missed six of his 10 free throws in the game, including a pair that would've iced the game with only 16 seconds remaining.
The Spurs shot 39 percent from the field and still won, partly because the Dubs only shot 41 percent themselves. The defense was on display, and Golden State put up tremendous fight without Curry, but they did not have enough in the end. The Spurs move to 5-1 and own the best record in the West.