The Golden State Warriors pummeled a Kawhi Leonard-less San Antonio Spurs, 136-100, to take a commanding 2-0 series lead in the Western Conference finals as the games shift to San Antonio for Games 3 and 4, according to sports website espn.com.
“We have to strike first,” Kevin Durant told ESPN before the game. “We can’t allow them to get off to the start they had last game. We have to be the aggressors.
Curry dropped 15 of his 29 points and four of his six 3-pointers in the first 12 minutes of the contest. At the end of one, the Warriors led 33-16. The Spurs, who were 6-of-26 from the field at the time, scored just one more point than Curry after one quarter.
Curry has knocked down at least one 3-pointer in all 68 of his postseason games, extending an NBA record. In the last three games, he’s averaging 33.0 points and shooting 57 percent from the floor and 49 percent from long distance.
Every active player scored for the Warriors, with seven players reaching double-digits. Golden State registered 39 assists on 50 field goals and drained 18 3-pointers, 10 more than their opponent.
All evening San Antonio struggled to get into offensive sets and seemed confused as to where the offense would be generated.
They tried a couple of options. Midway in the first quarter, they went down low to Pau Gasol.
The big man was defended by Draymond Green. Gasol took a couple of back-down dribbles and Green snatched the ball away and proceeded to start a 3-on-1 break that ended with a Curry left-wing triple.
San Antonio tried out LaMarcus Aldridge, its second-best player.
On one possession in the second, Aldridge was being defended by Green on the block and rookie Patrick McCaw came with a double. Aldridge swung the ball to Bryn Forbes, who stuck a 3 from the top of the key.
Green was livid with McCaw, ordering him not to help on Aldridge. He couldn’t regularly command a double team. That’s how ineffective the power forward was on Tuesday night, May 16 (local time). He finished with eight points on 4-of-11 shooting.
San Antonio was held to 37 percent shooting. Golden State shot 56 percent.
Jonathon Simmons was the lone bright spot for the visiting team, scoring a team-high 22 points. Down by 31 in the second, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich opted to play his young guys. There was nothing he else could do as Golden State continued to pile on.
At the halfway mark in the third, Curry raced up the court and Spurs backup center Dewayne Dedmon lost his footing while backpedaling on defense. He collapsed to the hardwood, but still managed to grab Curry to no avail. The back-to-back MVP absorbed the contact and cruised to the bucket for a layup, plus the foul.
The Spurs never put up a fight.
Andre Iguodala sat the game out with left knee soreness. Zaza Pachulia suffered a right heel contusion injury in the first quarter and would not return. He played six minutes and provided four points and two assists.
The Spurs only came back from a 0-2 hole once, in 2008 against New Orleans. The team they’re playing now, however, aren’t those Hornets.