Steve Kerr, seen here October 17. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Steve Kerr, seen here October 17. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Warriors cruise past Spurs after overcoming 19-point deficit

Three nights after dismantling the Los Angeles Clippers by 28 points, the Golden State Warriors bulldozed another Western Conference power, the San Antonio Spurs, 112-92, on Thursday.

In the process of routing the Spurs, the Warriors rallied from a 19-point first quarter disadvantage after yet another uninspiring start at the AT&T Center.

“It was a great response to the early shot that we took. We might as well just start every game here down 20,” head coach Steve Kerr joked to reporters.

A little less than two minutes into the third quarter, the Warriors secured their first lead of the night, 60-57, when Kevin Durant, who’d been 1-of-9 from the field to that point, hit his first 3-pointer.

On his way to dropping 24 on the Spurs, Durant delivered a 15-point barrage in the third quarter as the Warriors turned a five-point deficit into a six-point lead.

Klay Thompson, who was the high scorer with 27, credited the defense for the turnaround.

“We’ve been in that situation plenty of times,” Thompson told NBC Sports Bay Area. “We don’t want to be, but…our focus — especially on the defensive end — went up a notch.”

“We moved the ball great, just hit the open man and knocked down shots,” Thompson added.

After the lead had ballooned to 19 in the first, the Warriors rallied to within five, 55-50, by the break. Thompson, who connected on three triples, went for 17 points, while Curry, who dodged a knee scare, poured in 15 points.

The two-time MVP spent the first half of the second quarter in the locker room getting his left knee wrapped. The team described the issue as a tweak. Curry returned with just under five minutes to go in the half, ending his evening with 21.

Kerr gets a T, Pop gets ejected

With the club staring at a 28-12 deficit at the 3:49 mark in the first, Kerr stormed down the sideline, spewing profanities and earning himself a technical.

At the 4:47 mark in the fourth, Gregg Popovich, Kerr’s mentor and counterpart with the Spurs, was ejected for drawing his second tech.

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