Minus the services of Kawhi Leonard, a hamstrung San Antonio Spurs group fell to the relentless Golden State Warriors, 136-100 from Oracle Arena.
Behind precise opening quarter execution, Stephen Curry (29 points, seven assists) ensured no competitive hope would emerge on this night for San Antonio.
Trailing 78-53 at halftime, Gregg Popovich ceded the final 24 minutes to rest his starters ahead of Saturday’s pivotal Game 3 deep within Texas.
Meanwhile, before a satisfied arena of blue and yellow, Golden State ran its postseason record to 10-0.
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Overall, the Warriors shot a blistering 59/50/94 as six teammates joined Curry in double-figure scoring. Rookie Patrick McCaw (18) enjoyed a breakthrough post-season outing to bolster Kevin Durant (16) and Draymond Green (13 pts, 9 rebs, 2 blks, 2 stl) as secondary impact players for Golden State.
Conversely, even with Jonathon Simmons’ (22) strong fill-in performance, San Antonio remains mired in a -60 point differential vs. Golden State since MVP-candidate Leonard’s much-publicized ankle injury.
However, two nights after blatantly undercutting Leonard, Zaza Pachulia exited game two with a right heel contusion following an awkward landing after a made dunk attempt. Pachulia is listed as day-to-day.
Nonetheless, with players down for both teams, Golden State held San Antonio to 37% shooting and exercised total control while both dictating pace and exuding championship confidence.
Trailing 0-2, San Antonio will now soul-search and study film during a three-day reprieve before hosting the Warriors Saturday.
- Where have you gone LaMarcus Aldridge? While Simmons again stepped up minus Leonard, former Portland cornerstone Aldridge apparently forgot how to generate lead offense since his recent 28-point game seven vs. Houston. The career 19 ppg scorer exhibited passive tendencies vs. GSW en route to a sub-par 8 point, four rebound, 4-of-11 FGM game two.
- Golden State’s two-way dominance: The Warriors’ stirring game one comeback seemed ineluctable; however, their game two thrashing of 61-win San Antonio took on an invincible tenor. Minus Cleveland, there is no team built to compete with GSW’s firepower.
- Starting Lineup disparity: Golden State furthered its hegemony by outscoring San Antonio’s opening five 73-47. Draymond Green +20 and Kevin Durant +21 offered transcendent defensive displays.
- Golden State three-pointers made and assists: Suffice it to state that any time a team garners 38 assists and 17-of-34 made three-pointers, the game will likely trend heavily in their favor.