Warriors doing just fine without Curry

The Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant drives past the San Antonio Spurs’ Rudy Gay during the first quarter of Game 1 of their first-round playoff series Saturday at Oracle Arena in Oakland

It could make the game more competitive.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 34 for the Spurs despite facing double-teams and Rudy Gay moved into the starting lineup and scored 12 points. The Warriors got off to a fairly slow start, making only 4-of-13 three-point attempts in the first half, but they'd begin to find their stroke in the second.

Steve Kerr's men ended up 116-101 victors. The Bucks committed 20 turnovers, gave up 11 offensive rebounds got an bad performance from Bledsoe and still lost in overtime. However, Iguodala helped propel the Warriors to an early lead with some sharp shooting from the perimeter. The Warriors have shot at least 52 percent in both games. The Warriors are looking to push their rival, the Spurs, to the brink of elimination.

And the Warriors posed bigger problems on the other end.

In games where they reach 100 points, the Warriors are 57-15 and the Spurs are 36-15.

Manu Ginobili created a little more history for himself, becoming the first player 40 years or older to score in double figures off the bench in National Basketball Association playoff history.

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San Antonio managed to put together a 47-35 record and earn the West's No. 7 seed without him, but they are wildly outmatched against the Warriors.

Ginobili said the Spurs need to make the physical edge and aggressiveness they played with in Game 2 their baseline to "even have a minor chance" at rebounding from their two-game deficit. The lead expanded to 18 by halftime and 25 after three frames. When Thompson gets going he can hit shots from wherever he likes, and it has been Mills watching most of these going over his head.

Neither team was hitting many shots from downtown in the first half. Well, at this rate, by Sunday night, Curry might be joined by his teammates, who could finish off the Spurs and buy themselves an extended rest. Durant finished with 32 points and Thompson had 31, including 24 in the second half.

Pressure is on: Oddly, it's probably more on the Warriors than the Spurs. An explosive third quarter consisting of alternating bursts of offense concluded with the Warriors ahead 80-75. Thompson's 3-pointer and layup cemented that initial third-quarter push. The Warriors were shooting 48% while the Spurs were shooting just 38%. The Spurs missed 9 of their first 11 3s and were 4 for 28 from long range. The Spurs have no shot if that continues.

The Spurs average 43.5 points in the paint per game, which ranks 20th in the National Basketball Association.

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