The San Antonio Spurs certainly faced an uphill battle in game 2 vs. the Golden State Warriors; beating one of the, if not the best teams in basketball history without your best player is a nearly impossible task.
The Warriors opened the game on a 14-6 run, with all five starters quickly getting into the scoring column.
The Warriors dominated the first quarter, outscoring the Spurs 33-16 as San Antonio shot just 6-26 (23.1 percent) from the field. Stephen Curry led the way for Golden State in the opening quarter, scoring 15 points on 4-5 three-point shooting.
Stephen Curry was cooking in the 1st!pic.twitter.com/wF54Terwun
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Jonathon Simmons, replacing Leonard in the starting lineup, played well in the first half for the Spurs, scoring 17 points on 7-11 shooting. It wasn’t nearly enough, though, as the Warriors led 72-44 at halftime, led by Curry’s 19 points. The Dubs shot 65.1 percent in the first half, while the Spurs shot just 36.2 percent. Zaza Pachulia suffered a right heel contusion in the second quarter and did not return.
The Warriors’ annihilation of the Spurs didn’t stop after halftime; the Spurs offered little resistance as Golden State rolled to an easy 136-100 victory.
Curry scored 29 points on 8-13 shooting, to go with seven rebounds and seven assists. Draymond Green finished with 13 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Patrick McCaw scored 18 points on 6-8 shooting off the bench. The Warriors shot 56.2 percent from the field to the Spurs’ 37 percent mark.
Jonathon Simmons led the Spurs with 22 points on 8-17 shooting. The only other San Antonio player to reach double-digits was Davis Bertans, who chipped in 13 points on 4-4 shooting.
Game 3 will take place on Saturday at 9 p.m. ET.