How many losses did the Golden State Warriors suffer on the road last season? Wasn't it just two during the entire campaign? Well they have half that many losses already following opening night of the 2016/17 season in the NBA. The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Warriors from Oracle Arena in a 129-100 blowout. Kawhi Leonard was huge in the game for the Spurs as the post-Tim Duncan era started on a successful note.

Leonard had 35 points in the game to lead all scorers. That was better than a point per minute as Leonard sat for about a third of the game and finished with playing time of 32:03. His shooting from the floor wasn't the best percentage wise, but the key to his huge night was getting to the free throw line and executing once there.

He took no less than 15 shots from the charity stripe and connected on every one of them

Is Leonard an MVP candidate?

His play on Tuesday night may beearning the man who finished 2nd in the MVP voting race some bets in the MVP ante-post. Currently he is 16 to 1 in that market with BetVictor, odds that have shortened from 25 to 1 over the last few months. He is currently a lesser favorite than Russell Westbrook, Steph Curry, Lebron James, and Kevin Durant. However, you have to like Leonard in San Antonio a little more than in previous years precises, because he's the face of the franchise now following Duncan's retirement.

A 29-point loss isn't exactly what the Warriors were thinking in their home arena following a major transaction during the offseason.But Durant, playing his first regular season game as a Warrior, still had a strong individual night.

He had a double-double for points and rebounds with 27 and 10 respectively. Draymond Green also had a double-double for the same stats with 18 and 12 respectively. Curry, the two-time league MVP, scored 26 points in his season debut.

Win for the Spurs significant

People can say that it's only game one and that maybe not a lot should be attributed to the result.

However, a 29-point loss out of GS on their home court is definitely head turning given what we're used to seeing out of this club. Furthermore, the Spurs are a really stingy team for losses in their own building as they went 40-1 last season.

They only play Golden State three times on the whole campaignand the tough one, the road game, has gone for a Spurs' win already.

Each of the next two games against the Spurs comes from San Antonio. With the 40-1 record from last year considered, the Spurs may very well end up sweeping the season series.The Spurs play next on Thursday at 9:30pm CT in Sacramento against the Kings. The Warriors' next game is on Friday as they travel to New Orleans to face the Pelicans.

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