The Golden State Warriors held off the San Antonio Spurs 99-91 in Game 5, winning the series and moving on to Round 2. Here are our takeaways.
The Golden State Warriors eliminated the San Antonio Spurs with a 99-91 victory in Game 5 of the Western Conference quarterfinals. It was a game they seemingly won twice.
With 5:13 left, a Kevin Durant jumper put the Warriors up 89-77. Given the Spurs’ inability to score up to that point, the game, and series, felt over. Yet there Durant was again with 36.1 seconds left in a 93-91 game, needing to hit the same shot to deny the Spurs a chance to tie or take the lead. He drilled it, of course, and the Warriors closed out a series that they absolutely wanted to be over.
I say “wanted” over “needed” for a reason. Had San Antonio completed its late comeback, a ticked-off Warriors team would have likely gone to Texas and demolished the Spurs in Game 6. The talent disparity was just too massive.
Still, the Warriors wanted this to end. Durant avoided a sprained ankle scare in Game 3, but every additional game is a chance for something bad to happen. With Stephen Curry‘s return date still up in the air, getting to Round 2 healthy and rested was of the utmost importance. In that sense, Game 5 was a complete success.
Let’s take a look at what else we learned from the closeout game of Round 1.