The San Antonio Spurs surprised the Golden State Warriors, handing them a 100-129 home debut defeat.
On the first night of the NBA 2017 season, the odds on favorites to win the NBA Championship were upset at home. With the addition of former NBA Most Valuable Player and scoring champion, Kevin Durant, many NBA analysts believed that the Warriors might challenge their own regular season wins record from the previous year. The Spurs, who were knocked out of the 2016 NBA Playoffs in the second round, had other plans in mind.
“It’s a nice little slap in the face,” said two time league MVP, Steph Curry. “First game you want to come out and protect your home court and have the energy of the home opener live throughout the game. We didn’t do anything to let that happen.”
The Spurs were led by Kawhi Leonard, who scored 35 points on 10-21 shooting from the field. Leonard also went 15-15 from the free throw line and added five steals defensively. Leonard was helped by LaMarcus Aldridge, who poured in 26 points on 50 percent shooting from the field and grabbed 14 rebounds.
In a surprise star turn, Spurs bench player, Jonathan Simmons, exploded for 20 points on 8-14 shooting. Although the Spurs bench, led by Simmons, outscored the Warriors bench by 39 points, the Warriors starters played well.
Kevin Durant scored 27 points on 11-18 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds. Steph Curry added 26 on 50 percent shooting but only shot 30 percent from three point range and had a one to one assist to turnover ratio.