Warriors beat Spurs 120-90: Three takeaways from Golden State's statement win

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Wow. Golden State Warriors 120 - San Antonio Spurs 90. The reigning NBA champions went against all the pre-game hype surrounding the league's top-ranked teams in putting on yet another dominant display last night.

The victory, the Dubs' 41st of their sensational season, sent out a message, not only to the Spurs but to the league as a whole, after many had assumed the clash of the Western Conference giants would be a tight affair.

Three takeaways

With that in mind, let's take a look at three of the most important takeaways from what was a stunning night of basketball.


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1) The Warriors' offense might just be unstoppable

Golden State came into the game boasting the number one offense in the league - averaging 114.7 points-per-game and ranking number one and two in three-point and field goal shooting, respectively.

Those numbers were expected to drop a fraction after meeting the NBA's top-ranked Spurs defense. As we saw, however, the Warriors actually exceeded their season average and were able to pick apart the heralded San Antonio roster through a mixture of exceptional individual efforts (see Steph Curry) and perfect passing play.

Granted, the Spurs weren't at their lockdown best at the Oracle but Golden State simply didn't allow them to be as they put on another clinic. They shot 51.8% from the field, 42.3% on threes and 84% from the free throw line.

If the Spurs can't stop them scoring, frankly which team in the NBA can?

2) The Warriors' defense deserves some plaudits

A lot of GSW's offensive efficiency must be credited to their suffocating defense on Monday night, with the roster having something of a coming out game on D.

Steve Kerr's men turned the ball over from San Antonio a staggering 25 times - the most the Texas franchise have given up the ball in a game since 2009, and double their season average.

The Warriors also limited the shooting opportunities for the entire Spurs roster, Kawhi Leonard was the team high with 16 points.

When you can turnover possession 25 times, and score 32 points on those turnovers you have a winning combination.

3) Remember, the Spurs didn't have Tim Duncan

It is impossible to say how much of an impact the 39-year-old would have had on the 120-90 result, but his absence certainly seemed to hamper the Spurs.

Gregg Popovich's team weren't able to find their rhythm all night on offense with a number of players attempting to take on Duncan's role.

With the future Hall of Famer not on the hardwood, it also allowed the Warriors to keep more focus on the Spurs' emerging leader, Leonard.

Duncan's ominous (if aging) presence on defense was also conspicuous by its absence. 

Ultimately, Monday's game won't settle the 2015-16 season but it has thrown up some issues that will impact on the remainder of the campaign.

NBA fans: Can anyone stop the Warriors? Have your say in the comments below...

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