Kevin Durant helped the defending champions get defensive in a hurry, finishing with 24 points, eight rebounds and seven assists and the Warriors returned to their old dominant selves at playoff time to beat the cold-shooting San Antonio Spurs 113-92 on Saturday.
Kevin Durant had 37 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots and almost single-handedly led the undermanned defending champions’ fourth-quarter rally past the San Antonio Spurs for a 110-107 win Thursday night after Stephen Curry went down early.
Manu Ginobili canned a 26-foot three-pointer with 5 seconds to play to lift the San Antonio Spurs to a 105-102 victory over the Boston Celtics in a game between two of the NBA’s heavyweights at AT&T Center.
Mauricio Pochettino lavished praise on Arsène Wenger before the first north London derby of the season, describing his counterpart at Arsenal as a “very special manager” and an “innovator”, and said he would like to match the Frenchman’s longevity by spending “20 years at Tottenham”.
Mauricio Pochettino had promised further surprises after his deployment of a 5-3-2 against Real Madrid, but perhaps the biggest surprise was that he kept the shape the same against Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.