Warriors survive Conference finals opener as Spurs lose Leonard

At the start of the series, something happened that no one expected - "San Antonio" dominated rested stars "Golden State". As such, he said Pachulia's intent Sunday was irrelevant.

"You know, we all stay composed". LaMarcus Aldrige had 28 points for the Spurs, and Leonard had 26 when he went down. Leonard said when asked the question. "Like I said, we've got guys, which is a good thing".

Leonard's status for Game 2 on Tuesday remains up in the air.

Leonard missed Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals due to the ankle injury and reaggravated the injury in the third quarter of Game 1.

The Spurs never led again. We were trying to take the air out of the gym.

"It's a tough loss, for sure", Mills said.

There's also the hangover impact to consider for San Antonio going forward. The Spurs provided the Warriors with their first bit of adversity in the postseason, but there's no lead that's safe enough against Golden State. The Spurs had outrebounded the Warriors 24-19 to the point at which Leonard got hurt. You hate to see anybody get injured on a situation like that.

There haven't been too many great runs by anybody in these playoffs, save the 2016 champion Cleveland Cavaliers and the Warriors, who beat the Cavs to win it all in 2015.

Curry shot 7 of 16 on 3-point attempts.

Ginobili, who turns 40 in July, led the Spurs bench with 17 points.

The game turned on Leonard's injury.

Kawhi Leonard had already launched his jump shot and Zaza Pachulia kept sliding toward him while Leonard was in the air. LaMarcus Aldridge just seemed to give up, preferring to settle for hard fadeaway shots while freezing in double teams.

Hopefully he can play in Game 2.

"Well, we've had a pretty damn good season, we've played fairly well in the playoffs, I think we're getting better, and we're up 23 points in the third quarter against Golden State".

Popovich was asked whether he thought Pachulia meant to injure Leonard.

The incident has sparked a thousand debates on whether or not Pachulia's play was a dirty one. "We're not that type of team". I wish it didn't happen. He's a much better defender than he is an offensive player, but the Spurs might need him more to put the ball in the basket than they do to get stops.

With 4:09 remaining in the fourth, the Warriors took their first lead since early in the first quarter, when a Kevin Durant layup gave them a 101-100 advantage.

On the San Antonio end, after the Warriors went on their 18-point run, the Spurs didn't yield. Perhaps most notably, the Warriors were outscoring the Spurs just 12-10 in fast break points. Andre Iguodala was limited by a sore left knee. "It's got to do with the way one individual conducts himself and that's embarrassing", the coach said. They grabbed wins on each franchise's home court, with the Warriors taking the final matchup in late March, as each contest saw the victor post a double-digit margin of victory. During the regular season, not only were they the most efficient-scoring team in the restricted area as previously mentioned, they were also the most efficient from mid-range, and they remain one of the most unsafe three-point shooting teams in the league.