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

Lester Mason
April 17, 2018

You can't help but wonder what this game might have looked like for the Spurs if they had their former Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, who is off with what Popovich calls "his group" while rehabbing a quad injury in NY.

Rudy Gay #22 of the San Antonio Spurs scrambles for a loose ball against JaVale McGee #1 and Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors during Game 2 of Round 1 of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on April 16, 2018 in Oakland, California.

"It doesn't whether I make five in a row or miss five in a row, I'm going to have to same mentality next time down the court". What kind of physicality and aggressiveness you display.

The shooting guard is in a real groove at the moment and Spurs veteran Manu Ginobili, who was given the thankless task of guarding the 27-year-old on occasions, praised him for his shot-making ability. Coming into the game, the Warriors were nine-point favorites according to oddsmakers BetDSI.

Imagine what that same team can do with Thompson continuing to rain down every shot humanly possible.

Playoff Andre Iguodala was also in full effect, as he hit three first half 3's and finished with 14 points and four 3's.

The 76ers cut the deficit down to two with just over four minutes to go, but Wade sparked another Heat run with a steal and slam in transition.

The Warriors will travel to San Antonio for the next two games of the series, beginning with Game 3 on Thursday night.

With this win, Golden State takes a 2-0 lead to start the 2018 NBA Playoffs, giving the Warriors some cushion as they head to the AT&T Center for next stage of the first round. They made tough shots.

Horford also made sure Giannis didn't get to rest on defence as he posted him up at intervals, which either forced double teams or led to Antetokounmpo picking up fouls. "And when he's hitting those shots it does a lot for our offense".

In Game 1, the Warriors had committed 15 turnovers, and Kerr lamented "a couple of home-run plays that were completely unnecessary".

McGee repaid that trust in the second half though, as he came out with infinitely more energy and made an impact on both ends of the court.

What a luxury it is to have two of the best isolation players in the league to bail you out. He's a great offensive player and been that for years. "I know what to think myself".

McGee’s backup Kevon Looney wasn't any better to start. San Antonio outscored the Warriors 22-10 in the paint. Looney looked uncomfortable with the ball in his hands and was targeted at will in the pick-and-roll by the Spurs.

"I mean there's definitely extra pressure but in my mind, no I don't [need to be more efficient]", Thompson told reporters after the game. "If we come out and play with the force that we're capable of playing with, we'll be fine". The Dubs committed only four turnovers over the final two frames, while forcing San Antonio to commit seven. He shot 12-of-20 from the field, 5-of-8 from three and 2-of-2 from the line.

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