Meanwhile, over on the defensive side, Golden State let San Antonio score quickly. The Spurs took 11 seconds before a Gary Neal miss; then six seconds before Klay Thompson fouled Tony Parker, who made two foul shots; nine seconds before a Parker basket; eight seconds before a Parker basket; seven seconds before a Kawhi Leonard basket; 15 seconds before a Park turnover; 15 seconds before a Leonard 3-pointer; and two seconds before a Parker fast-break basket.
The killers were Thompson’s foul — it fouled him out, and the Warriors’ demise started — and all those quick possessions. Five times San Antonio scored less than 10 seconds into the possession. Think about it. On five possessions, the Spurs used 32 seconds to score 10 points. That in effect meant San Antonio had 3-1/2 minutes to make up a six-point deficit, which is nothing.
To make up a 16-point deficit in four minutes requires almost flawless execution on both ends of the court. The Spurs had it. Golden State didn’t. But at least the Warriors didn’t play carelessly. They just played poorly.
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