SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio Spurs were able to hold on and get another must win over the depleted Golden State Warriors, 89-75, Monday night at the AT&T Center.
It was hard to Imagine the Warriors were leading the Spurs, 63-61, after three quarters when you consider the Warriors were without Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant.
They lost Draymond Green in the second quarter to an injury, but still made a game of it after trailing by as many as 16 points.
After winning three straight games, the Spurs struggled with the Warriors.
They scored 31 in the first quarter then collapsed with only 31 total in the second and third quarter. They only shot 25 percent in the third, hitting 5 of 20 field goals.
"They played great and we picked the right five minutes to play really well at the end of the game," said head coach Gregg Popovich.
After going down by four, 65-61 early in the fourth, LaMarcus Aldridge put the team on his back again and carried them to the end.
Aldridge went on a personal 11-0 run to put the Spurs up 72-65. He ended up scoring 19 in the fourth quarter and 33 for the game. He also grabbed 12 rebounds for his 24th double-double of the season.
"I'm a leader so I have to do what we need, playing defense, blocking shots, scoring," Aldridge said.
"Coming up big all year," said Danny Green.
Aldridge got help from Green who had 11 and Patty Mills who knocked down 12 points.
Dejounte Murray had 9 and 8 rebounds. He is now the all time best Spurs point guard rebounder in a single season.
"It's natural to me, growing up in the park I always wanted the ball. I was little, my uncle was older so being the little guy you got to go get it," said Murray.
The Spurs held the Warriors to just 12 points in the fourth quarter, the end of game defense is getting more natural for the team.
"It's contagious that we're a little more intense, more focused on the defensive end of the floor. I think that's what helped us win games," Green said
After losing those three in a row on the road, the Spurs have dominated this home stand, now winning four straight.
"Of course when you lose the sky is falling, but when you win everything feels better. But I think our whole mental mindset is better coming in game to game just focusing on that game" Aldridge said.
The Spurs host the Washington Wizards Wednesday night.
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