Klay Thompson scored six consecutive points early in the fourth quarter, two on free throws that resulted from a clear-path foul, helping the Golden State Warriors break away from the San Antonio Spurs en route to a 116-101 victory in Game 2 of the Western Conference first-round play-offs on Monday (April 16) night in Oakland, California. "I thought we were very prepared physically and mentally, but I was mistaken". "But I was mistaken".
Head coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs coaches during the game against the Orlando Magic on March 13, 2018 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.
The Dubs will hope to earn another W as they play at home tonight, before heading out to Texas on Thursday.
The Warriors got offense from Klay Thompson (27 points), Kevin Durant (24) and Draymond Green (12 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds).
Trailing by six at the half, Golden State scored the first seven points of the third quarter to go up 54-53. He played just 31 games in 2016-17, then appeared in 63 games this season, averaging 22.9 points, 11 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.8 blocks. His absence as a two-way star has been evident for a San Antonio team that managed to make the playoffs, but haven't made things look almost as easy this season.
Against any other Spurs team in any other year, that would have been a recipe for a 20-point deficit and an early night for the starters. "They did what they're supposed to do, which is protect home court". Wearing a dark checkered sport coat, Curry was all smiles watching another lopsided win without him. As a group, there could be four guys prepared and one not prepared, but at the end of the day, it's a group. "They made shots and they executed and they did what they did".
Curry's injuries since last month coincided with the Warriors losing 10 of their last 17 games in the regular season with many doubting their chances in the playoffs. Rudy Gay led the Spurs with 15 points off the bench while LaMarcus Aldridge and Bryn Forbes chipped in 14 each. "Some were a little bit strong".
Golden State came with the kind of swarming defense it is so used to playing but hadn't shown much lately as rotations were mixed and matched because of injuries and illness.
Golden State's depth proved too much for San Antonio. In addition to his 14 points and four 3-pointers (it needs to be stated again because it's just that impressive), Iguodala had seven rebounds, and five assists in 28 minutes.
Indeed, Iguodala had feelers from other teams, namely the Houston Rockets - Golden State's biggest threat in the West.
It is not often an Andre Iguodala to JaVale McGee pass makes the highlights, but the two Warriors are feeling it in their series against the Spurs.
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"We are underdogs. We've talked about it". "Win or lose, we had to bring the effort on the defensive end".
"We finally got back to defending the way we have, the way this team has, for many years", Kerr said.