Here’s what happened on day 29 of the 2017 NBA Playoffs:
GSW 136 – SAS 100, GSW leads series 2-0
Stephen Curry led seven Golden State Warriors that scored at least 10 points, as they routed the San Antonio Spurs, 136-100.
The Warriors led wire-to-wire against the Kawhi Leonard-less Spurs, and were up by as much as 41 points.
Golden State finished shooting 56.2 percent from the field, 48.6 percent on triples (18-of-37). They assisted on 39 of their 50 made shots, while their defense held San Antonio to only a 37 percent clip.
The Dubs opened up the game on a 9-2 run, but back-to-back baskets by Jonathon Simmons got the Spurs within three. Golden State extended their advantage to 13, 25-12, but former Warrior David Lee scored on a layup to get it to within single digits, 25-16.
That however would be the last time San Antonio would get that close. The Warriors scored the last eight points of the first period, 33-16, then after Danny Green nailed a triple on the first possession of the second, the Warriors hit back with 12 straight for a 44-19 cushion.
Golden State got their first 30+ point lead with 1:36 left in the first half on a four-point play by Curry, though they settled for a 72-44 advantage at the half. After the break, the team looked a bit tentative though, and the Spurs took advantage, getting within 20, 81-61. That helped the Warriors wake up, and they were back up by 30+ points, 106-75, entering the fourth canto.
With the decision hardly in doubt anymore, the fourth quarter was a mere formality, with both teams playing their third-stringers.
Curry led all scorers with 29 points on 8-of-13 shooting, making 6-of-9 from downtown, plus 7-of-7 on free throws. He also contributed seven rebounds, seven assists, and three steals.
Rookie Patrick McCaw played well off the bench, scoring 18 to go with five dimes and three swipes. Kevin Durant fired in 16 markers, Draymond Green stuffed the stats sheet with 13 points, nine boards, six assists, two steals, and two blocks, while Klay Thompson splashed in 11 markers.
Reserves Shaun Livingston and Ian Clark had 10 points apiece.
The Spurs got 22 points from Jonathon Simmons, 17 in the first half. Davis Bertans had 13 points, but most came when the game had already been decided. LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol had just 15 points combined for 6-of-16 shooting.
Game three is Sunday (PHL time), when the series shifts to San Antonio.
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