The San Antonio Spurs put a whooping on the Golden State Warriors on opening night, 129-100, ruining what was supposed to be the coming out party of one of the greatest teams ever assembled. Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge each had huge games to lead the Spurs to victory, but the most eye-opening performance of the night came from reserve wing Jonathon Simmons, who scored 20 points on 8-14 shooting, including 6-6 in the first half. In the second half, however, he put up some incredible highlights.
Simmons chased down Steph Curry and erased what was supposed to be a fast break layup in the clip above, a play that elicited stunned gasps from the Oracle audience, hoping to have a raucous celebration of their new team. That play pretty much summed up the night, to be honest, but it wasn’t even Simmons’ best — that would be his ridiculous dunk right in JaVale McGee’s face on the last play of the night. It was the ultimate exclamation point from the former Austin Toros (and later Austin Spurs) star.
Simmons had himself a day, and if he can consolidate the gains he made in last season, his first in the NBA with serious minutes, he could go a long way towards helping the Spurs absorb the loss of Tim Duncan.