Green injured; Warriors down all 4 All-Stars

Annette Crawford
March 20, 2018

Golden State continued to lay on the pressure in the second quarter by bringing the game to within six, but a buzzer-beater by Bryn Forbes allowed the Spurs to go back up to eight at halftime.

The San Antonio Spurs took advantage on Monday, notching an 89-75 win over the Warriors.

"He gives us that real inside presence along with his ability to shoot the ball from the outside", coach Larry Drew, standing in for Lue, said.

Two-time All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks, posting his 23rd 30-point game of the season with 37 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.

Aldridge poured in 19 of the team's 28 points in the fourth quarter.

Quinn Cook, coming off consecutive career-best performances, had 20 points and a team-high five assists to lead the Warriors, who lost for the second time in three games without Curry, Thompson and Durant.

Cleveland, trying to get back to the NBA Finals for a fourth straight year, maintained their hold on third place in the Eastern Conference.

The Spurs actually led by as many as 16 points, and blew that advantage as the Warriors took their first lead 63-61 with 2.8 seconds remaining in the third on a Kevon Looney bucket. The Spurs led by double digits in three of four outings against Golden State, and on March 8 held an 8-point lead with fewer than five minutes remaining before falling 110-107.

Andre Iguodala tallied 10 points, five rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in 25 minutes of play. San Antonio owned a 29-4 record under such circumstances prior to this season.

The Spurs now sit in 7th place in the Western Conference standings, with the Warriors in the 2nd slot.

The trio of Curry, Durant and Thompson average a combined 73 points.

"If it's not one thing it's another, that was my reaction", James said of learning Lue would be away on the same day that Love was cleared to return for the first time since breaking his left hand on January 30. The good news, though, was that the X-rays he received were negative. But it's unknown how much time Green might miss.

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