Thompson, Warriors beat Spurs in Game 2
by Adi Joseph, USA TODAY Sports
The Golden State Warriors again opened up a big lead. The San Antonio Spurs again launched a furious second-half comeback.
Not this time.
The Warriors held on for a 100-91 victory Wednesday in Game 2 of their second-round playoff series. The series-evening victory snapped Golden State’s 30-game losing streak in San Antonio, which dated to before the Spurs picked Tim Duncan first overall in the 1997 NBA draft.
Golden State raced to a 19-point halftime lead, but San Antonio cut to six in the fourth quarter. The shades of Game 1, when San Antonio erased a 16-point deficit in the final six minutes of regulation, then eventually won in double-overtime, were obvious.
But the big difference in holding off the Spurs may have been Stephen Curry. Of course it was. Curry had 44 points in Game 1, but he was invisible for much of the final 16 minutes, when the Spurs went on their run and through the two overtime periods. Curry finished with 22 points in Game 2, but he had the Warriors’ final five points to hold off San Antonio.
The Warriors’ big first half was led by Klay Thompson, Curry’s backcourtmate. Thompson had 29 points on 11-for-18 shooting, including making seven of eight three-pointers, during the half, while adding six rebounds and three steals. He cooled off in the second half, finishing with 34 points and 14 rebounds.
Tim Duncan had 23 points and nine rebounds for the Spurs, who shot 39.3% from the field and 23.8% on three-pointers in the loss.