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

Warriors dominate Spurs to take 2-0 lead in West final

Warriors dominate Spurs to take 2-0 lead in West final

The Dubs cruised to a Game 2 win against a Spurs team down its best player.

"That's just been the message all year, just play with urgency and start the game off with some energy and throw the first punch", Durant said. But we've got to be ready Game 3. "We need to get slapped and come back and play Game 3 and see who we are". "At the end, all we did was what we were supposed to do, we took care of home court".

Davis Bertans dropped in 13 points, and Dewayne Dedmon had nine points to go with a team-high nine rebounds off the bench for the Spurs, whose reserves outscored their starters 53-47.

"It looked pretty collective to me", he said. "I'm disappointed. The only way I can process this is ... it's not about O's and X's or rebounds or turnovers or anything like that". "The truth always quote-un-quote sets you free". So, call it like it is, and we didn't come to play.

"We felt sorry for ourselves", Popovich said. His Spurs had just fallen into a two-games-to-none deficit with Game 3 coming Saturday night.

San Antonio was a much different team without Kawhi Leonard, who missed the game after re-aggravating an ankle injury in Game 1.

A Game 3 return for Leonard in the series of Warriors and Spurs still offers a flicker of hope, but nobody really wants to be down for a couple of games to these Golden State, no matter what their recent history with 3-1 leads might suggest.

Stephen Curry scored 15 of his game-high 29 points in a 33-16 first-quarter run-away, propelling the Warriors into a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series that now shifts to San Antonio.

Starting center Zaza Pachulia was scheduled for an MRI exam Wednesday on his bruised right heel after an X-ray was negative.

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These two teams faced each other previous year , and with the Ducks up 3-2, they couldn't close the deal, losing in Game 7. Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry were major reasons the Ducks were able to buckle down and edge the upstart Oilers.

Golden State quickly established its pass-happy, up-tempo style to take the Spurs out from the opening tip. They never led in this game after leading by as many as 25 points on Sunday. He helped the Spurs (61-21) post the league's best defensive rating as they registered their third 60-win season in four years.

Klay Thompson, still struggling to find his steady shooting touch, had 11 points, six rebounds and four assists. The Warriors became the first team since the 1990 Boston Celtics to have eight players record at least three assists in a playoff game and Game 2 was their fifth wire-to-wire victory this postseason.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich wasn't sure if Leonard will be available for the game, saying that it wouldn't be until Friday or even Saturday until the forward's status is determined.

"I have no idea".

Golden State is just the fifth National Basketball Association team to win its first 10 playoff games in a given postseason. I'm like, 'Hey, I'm being bullied by Oakland PD or San Francisco PD in my own building, my own parking lot.' So I start to go a little bit and another one pulls up: 'Hey, you, you heard him, stop!' "I asked him how life was, how things were going. I think he's got a major responsibility in Game 3 to come out and get something done, whether it's for himself or his teammates". I don't think they believed.

The Game 1 of the Spurs vs. Warriors Game 2 will air on ESPN, which means it will be available to live stream online on flagship streaming app - WatchESPN. Patty Mills, playing in place of the injured Tony Parker, had another quiet night.

Warriors: Kerr attended his second game this series but again watched behind the scenes as he recovers from a May 5 procedure at Duke University to fix a spinal fluid leak. Golden State's 23 first-half assists were its most ever in a playoff half, topping 22 against Phoenix on May 4, 1994. They'll need their entire roster to step their game up a notch if they want to defeat the star-studded Warriors at "Roaracle".

But after a solid 28 points and 7 rebounds in Game 1, Aldridge vanished in the Game 2 rout, scoring a mere 8 points on 4-of-11 shooting from the field.

Assistant coach Mike Brown of the Golden State Warriors talks with the media before the game against the San Antonio Spurs during Game Two.

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