Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

NBA Playoffs 2017: Warriors thrash the Spurs in Game 2: 3 takeaways

The Warriors demolished the Spurs 136-100 in Oakland, California, on Tuesday to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven National Basketball Association western conference finals series. The Spurs outrebounded Golden State 49-40 in Game 2, and San Antonio's 22 offensive rebounds were the most the Warriors have given up in any game this season. Stephen Curry led all scorers with 29 points and seven assists, while shooting 8-13 from the floor including an impressive 6-9 from beyond the arc.

Golden State shot 67 percent in the first half and set a franchise playoff record with 23 assists to open up a 72-44 lead. Leonard landed on Pachulia's extended foot, tweaking his sprained ankle and forcing him to leave the game.

Though Leonard called it a clean play, Popovich said Monday that Pachulia's close-out was "dangerous" and "unsportsmanlike," while citing the big man's history as an allegedly dirty player. Leonard starting Game 3 on Saturday after a solid three days of rest would be a relief for San Antonio, but it's no guarantee that the shellacking they were laying on the Warriors in Game 1 will return. All five Golden State starters scored within the opening six minutes, whereas Jonathan Simmons -who started in place of the injured Kawhi Leonard -was single-handedly responsible for eight of the Spurs' first 10 points.

Draymond Green contributed 13 points, a team-high nine rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks to Golden State's 10th consecutive post-season win.

Leading the series 2-0, the Warriors head to San Antonio for Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals on Saturday night.

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Andre Iguodala sat the game out because of soreness in his left knee. But we've got to be ready Game 3. "All I care about is the next game, and we'll see how they come out". The Warriors were up by as many as 41. Gregg Popovich's time will be spent working to get his San Antonio Spurs to wake up, before it's too late. Since 2009, only four of 55 teams have dug themselves out of that hole, including Oklahoma City (2012 Western Conference Finals), Memphis (2013 first round), Portland (2016 first round) and Cleveland (2016 NBA Finals). So I'm like feeling myself a little bit. "It's unsafe, it's unsportsmanlike, it's just not what anybody does to anybody else", Popovich said. The Spurs, who were up by 25 when Leonard was hurt in the third quarter of Game 1, have been outscored by 61 points since the injury. So one would logically think maybe it will take longer, but I'm hoping that's not true and we'll have him for Game 3.

"You have to believe". Golden State's offense has exploded since the victor of the last two Defensive Player of the Year awards went down.

"LaMarcus has to score for us", Popovich said after suffering the second-worst defeat of his postseason career.

Leonard is averaging 27.7 points on just 16.8 shots per game this postseason.

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