There was no match. The second game of the Western Finals was nothing like the first. The Spurs, without Kawhi Leonard, were a shadow of themselves. And the Warriors took advantage of the gap opened by the absence of Leonard to provoke the rival a lethal wound.
Victory by 36 points (136-100) of Warriors. The Californian team is 2-0 in the series. And he is already a perfect 10-0 in the current playoffs. With Stephen Curry again in a big way. In the first match he made 40 points. And in this second, 29 in only 3 quarters.
Warriors 136 Spurs 100 (2-0)
The match was over in the first quarter. Nothing to do with the exciting first encounter. The Warriors escaped on the scoreboard in those first 12 minutes. With a partial of 33-16. Curry put in the quarter almost as many points, 15, as the entire visiting team. A spectacular start to Golden State. The home team attended 11 of the 12 field baskets he scored in the opening quarter. All data.
And nothing changed in the second act. More of the same. Local domain without truce. To go to rest with a forceful 72-44 … 28 points ahead!
At rest, Warriors had scored 65% of his field shots. Curry had offered a show in the shot with 5 triples of 7 attempts. To carry already 19 points. And Draymond Green had shown his potential. With 8 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. In addition, 25 points from a second unit of Warriors very inspired. Despite not having the injured Andre Iguodala.
The only one that worked in San Antonio was Jonathon Simmons. The substitute in the initial five of the longed-up Kawhi Leonard. Simmons again displayed his credentials. Just as he did in the 6th game against Rockets. He had 17 points to the rest of the 44 of his team. San Antonio was already broken. Completely disfigured.
Nothing was better for the Texan team in the resumption. From +17 in the first quarter and +28 at half-time, it was +31 after finishing the third quarter (106-75). And the best did not step on the court in the last period. A period that the advantage reached to surpass the 40 to finish being of 36.
Intractable Warriors. With Curry doing 29 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Playing only 3 rooms. With 6 triples to his credit. Also, 16 points from Kevin Durant. Scoring 60% of his shots. And 13 with 9 rebounds and 6 assists of a complete Draymond Green.
Up to 7 local players reached or exceeded the 10 point barrier. With the substitutes putting 63 points! Rookie Patrick McCaw made 18. And the holder Zaza Pachulia was injured at the first change. He only played 7 minutes. After the great controversy of the first party.
Golden State never dropped the piston. He made 33, 39, 34 and 30 points in each quarter. An infernal attack. And at the end of the game he added 18 triples. Finishing with percentages of 56% in the field, 48.6% in triples and 94.7 in free. Totalizing 39 assists. Taking more robberies, 16, than losses, 15. An unstoppable whirlwind.
San Antonio, headed without Leonard, was not San Antonio. Only Simmons worked with 22 points. LaMarcus Aldridge did no harm. Actually, nothing worked for the visitors. The only positive was the team’s 23 offensive rebounds. But for a relaxation of others. Spurs finished 37% in the shot. And with 18 turnovers.
The Spaniard Pau Gasol added 7 points and 8 rebounds in 16 minutes. And the Argentine Manu Ginóbili only played 5 minutes to make 2 points. Enough to pass the playoff scorer list to legendary Reggie Miller. A very sad consolation.