Warriors crank up offense, coast to lopsided win before NBA record crowd

SAN ANTONIO — On an electric night deep in the heart of Texas, with an NBA record crowd of 68,323 filling the Alamodome, the Golden State Warriors launched the second half of their uneven, confounding season by offering a relevant reminder.

When its offense is humming, this team can seriously light up the scoreboard — even in a dome more suitable for football games.

The Warriors coasted to a 144-113 victory over San Antonio, overwhelming the young Spurs with a dizzying display of passing, shooting and depth. Eight players scored in double figures, led by Jordan Poole‘s 25 points. The team’s 144 marked a season high, as did the 77 points scored by players coming off the bench.

Yes, the Warriors (21-21) still need to solidify their defense and commit fewer fouls. They have rebounding issues, as Tuesday night’s loss to Phoenix illustrated (though they hit the boards hard Friday night). Their road record remains an anemic 4-16.

But when they’re whipping the ball around like they did against the Spurs — and sinking that many open shots — they’re awfully tough to stop. The Warriors accumulated 30 assists by the end of the third quarter, finishing with 33. They scored 41 points in the second quarter and poured in 40 more in the third. They shot 55% from the field.

They looked like the vintage warriors, even if it happened against a young, overmatched opponent.

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