LaMarcus Aldridge shone brightest as the San Antonio Spurs handed the Golden State Warriors their seventh loss of the season.
The San Antonio Spurs have now defeated the Warriors 33 straight times in San Antonio. They held the Warriors to below 80 points for the first time this season and held Steph Curry to 14 points on 4-18 shooting from the field and 1-12 from behind the three point line.
The Spurs played dauntless defense on Curry, who was blocked twice by Spurs defensive stalwart, Danny Green.
“I thought Steph missed a few early that he normally makes and he never really got in a rhythm and that happens, ” said Golden State coach, Steve Kerr.
It was new San Antonio Spur, LaMarcus Aldridge, who lived up to his All Star billing. Scoring 26 points and grabbing 13 rebounds, he continued to mature in his new role and acclimate himself to the San Antonio culture.
“They’re a great team, they’re the bar in the NBA and it just felt good to win tonight,” said Aldridge of the defending champion Warriors, showing true Spur humility and grace.
A possible mentor for Aldridge has been 18 year Spur, Tim Duncan. Duncan played eight minutes and only managed one point in the Mar. 19, 2016 game. He also accepted coming off of the bench for just the third time in his 1,383 regular season game career.
“He’s such a great person,” said Aldridge of Duncan. “He didn’t pout; he was very positive. He was talking to me. I don’t know if many guys in that position would have handled it as well as he did.”