Golden State Warriors: Durant, Thompson score 30+ points to beat Spurs

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Taking the floor without two-time MVP Steph Curry, who missed 31 games this season and has been out of the line-up for all but one game since March 8th with a knee injury, Golden State raced out to a 28-17 lead after the first quarter and never looked back, leading wire to wire.

San Antonio shot just 36.7 per cent from the field through three quarters with Golden State's defence working their magic.

The Warriors came out in the third quarter with a sense of urgency - although Aldridge continued to dominate in the post, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson caught fire and combined for 18 points to help the Warriors outscore the Spurs 33-22 in the quarter and take a 5-point lead into the final period.

Miami led 60-56 at half-time but were unable to respond to a second-half onslaught from the in-form 76ers, who have now won 17 games straight.


But unlike the turnovers from Game 1, which Kerr called "careless", this time it was the Spurs defense causing the majority of the problems. He and San Antonio can only lean on those excuses mentioned above so much. JaVale McGee added 10 points and seven rebounds, but he became plagued with foul trouble (three), guarding Aldridge and once fell for a Patty Mills 3-pointer that resulted in a four-point play. Not in his 24 minutes, 14 points, and 5-of-12 shooting. The one thing we always say to Andre is shoot the ball, we trust his shot, we have confidence in him.

He can be nearly certain the Spurs will change their starting lineup for Game 2. He had eight rebounds with his 12 points and 11 assists. The Warriors will now take a 2-0 lead to San Antonio after earning a pair of victories in front of their home fans. But the Warriors-Spurs series was going to be competitive only if Golden State failed to show up. The Warriors took game one of this series with a 113-92 win.

In addition to scoring their highest total in more than a week, the team held the Spurs to 40.0 percent from the field.

"We know what we're capable of", he said. Coach Steve Kerr set the tone by surprising many with an unexpected change to the Warriors starting lineup.


Although it's unrealistic to expect Thompson to repeat his efficient performance in Game 2, the Warriors will be deadly if he's able to contribute in a similar way throughout the playoffs. With no real indication on whether or not Leonard would be returning in the playoffs, the Spurs came in regardless, ready to place further doubts in the minds of the Warriors.

But Iguodala did fill the Warriors' gaps in Game 2. Golden State's hot second half shooting led to the game going over the total of 206. But the Warriors weren't constantly double-teaming, not initially.

Three-pointers from Draymond Green and Quinn Cook put the Warriors 94-79 ahead and the only question from that point was the likely size of the victory margin.

The Warriors host the Spurs in game two on Monday. And our default when we aren't running our offense is to go to KD because he's our best player.


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