SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs (6-7) will look to get their second-straight win on Monday night as they visit the Golden State Warriors (5-7). The Spurs and Warriors will meet for the first time this season.
6’9″ rookie Jeremy Sochan started at point guard with Tre Jones out, and drew the always-tough assignment of guarding Steph Curry. The Spurs struggled with turnovers early on, and Sochan picked up a pair of fouls that sent him to the bench.
Golden State quickly built a double-digit lead, but San Antonio’s bench unit fought back. Keita Bates-Diop hit some big shots, as did Doug McDermott and Josh Richardson.
The Warriors retook the lead with a barrage of threes before Devin Vassell closed the quarter with a Penny Hardaway-esque spin into a stepback, an uncommon move he seems to have mastered. The Spurs trailed 33-26 after one.
McDermott knocked in another three, and Sochan got back in the game and drove through a foul for a bucket.
The Spurs are coming off a 111-93 home win against the depleted Bucks.
Keldon Johnson had 29 points to lead the team while Devin Vassell added 22 points. Jakob Poeltl finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds while Jeremy Sochan recorded 10 points.
“Great game. I thought our guys were fantastic against a heck of a basketball team,” Gregg Popovich said. “To play them the way we did tonight feels really good. You’re always disappointed when you lose but there are so many good things. These guys are growing.”
The Spurs will be in their Association Edition jerseys tonight.
5 THINGS TO WATCH:
1. The Spurs have won two-straight games on the road versus the Golden State Warriors.
2. Spurs’ Johnson has scored in double-figures in 12-straight games.
3. The Spurs are 5-0 this season when they record more defensive rebounds than their opponent.
4. The Spurs are 3-0 on the road this season when leading after the third period.
5. The Warriors have won four-straight home games.
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