An annihilation occurred: Warriors 136, Spurs 100, a 36-point destruction that improved the Warriors to 10-0 in the playoffs and pushed them up 2-0 in the West Finals as the series shifts to San Antonio.
Leading the series 2-0, the Warriors head to San Antonio for Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals on Saturday night.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich with guard Dejounte Murray during game 2 of the National Basketball Association western conference finals against Golden State.
"It's amusing you mention that", said Stephen Curry (29/7/7 in 30 minutes), whose pull-up three seven minutes into the game gave the Warriors a double-digit lead that only bloated as time went on. Only one other Spurs player made double figures ― Davis Bertans with 13 ― while LaMarcus Aldridge was restricted to just eight points.
Meanwhile, everyone on the Warriors team was hitting their shots and the game wasn't a contest early as the Warriors led by 30 in the second quarter.
They led by 28 points ― 72-44 ― by half-time and accelerated away still further in the third quarter to lead 106-75.More news: Take a spin with Fernando Alonso on the Indy Motor Speedway
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The Georgian is known for his physical play, and in game one of the NBA Western Conference finals he left a leg out while Kawhi Leonard was taking a shot causing him to injure his ankle on landing. The Warriors smelled blood in the water and ended the game nearly right after it started.
Klay Thompson finished with 11 points, but was 4-of-10 from shooting with six rebounds, while Shaun Livingston and Ian Clark each had 10 points for Golden State to secure its 10th consecutive playoffs win this season. "And it showed with the lack of edge, intensity, grunt".
The visitors shot 37-percent, well below the Warriors' 56.2 percent, while making just 8 of their 23 shots from 3-pointers compared to Golden State's 18-for-37 from long distance. But when you're playing a team that's as good as Golden State, you're going to get embarrassed if that's the way you come out, and we did. Not what you would want from your second "star" in hunting for an upset without the first.
"The only way I can process this is it's not about O's and X's, rebounds, turnovers or anything like that", Popovich said. "I think he's got a major responsibility in Game 3 to come out and get something done". We felt sorry for ourselves, we need to get slapped and come back and play Game 3 and see who we are. On the previous five occasions, San Antonio won only one of those series in the 2008 conference semifinals against New Orleans, then known as the Hornets.
At the root of the destruction was a locked in Warriors defense, sensing blood without San Antonio's best playmaker in the building. After losing both ways in the first two games of the series, Ginobili must now understand that the Spurs played much better in Game 1 of this series even if it ended in a loss. I just wanted to try to take advantage of them digging on me and doubling in the baseline and doubling from the middle, too. We know they're probably going to be full strength in Game 3 and ready to play us. But I don't know.
The Golden State Warriors' rare unbeaten start this postseason doesn't necessarily mean they're on their way to a title. The Warriors never trailed in Game 2. So, call it like it is, and we didn't come to play. But the thing that worries me is that he did it again, the exact same thing. "We'll get a meal".