Golden State’s Curry shines in vic­tory against San An­to­nio to lead by two games

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STEPHEN Curry scored 29 points as the Golden State War­riors thrashed the San An­to­nio Spurs 136100 to take a 2-0 lead in their Western Con­fer­ence fi­nals se­ries on Tues­day.

Curry’s points haul in­cluded six three-point­ers as the War­riors all-round of­fen­sive power crushed a San An­to­nio Spurs line-up miss­ing the in­jured Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker.

Curry also con­trib­uted seven as­sists and seven re­bounds to put the War­riors just two wins away from reach­ing a third con­sec­u­tive NBA Fi­nals in the best-of-seven se­ries.

No fewer than seven War­riors cracked dou­ble fig­ures as the home side led from start to fin­ish be­fore their home fans at the Or­a­cle Arena.

“I thought in game one we didn’t come out with a sense of ur­gency,” said War­riors coach Mike Brown, who is stand­ing in for the in­jured Steve Kerr.

“They came out with a sense of ur­gency tonight from the be­gin­ning and they did that for 48 min­utes.”

The War­riors were quickly into their fa­mil­iar scor­ing groove, sprint­ing into a 3316 lead by the end of the first quar­ter and never let­ting up.

They led by 28 points — 72-44 — by half­time and ac­cel­er­ated still fur­ther in the third quar­ter to lead 106-75.

San An­to­nio’s de­pleted of­fence was led by Jonathon Sim­mons with 22 points. Only one other Spurs player made dou­ble fig­ures — Davis Ber­tans with 13 — while LaMar­cus Aldridge was re­stricted to just eight points.

San An­to­nio coach Gregg Popovich gave a typ­i­cally forth­right as­sess­ment of his team’s oblit­er­a­tion.

“It’s not what I ex­pected. Dis­ap­pointed,” Popovich said.

The blowout capped a mis­er­able few days for San An­to­nio, who on Sun­day had squan­dered a 25-point third quar­ter lead

I thought in game one we didn’t come out with a sense of ur­gency.


War­riors coach

be­fore Leonard suf­fered his an­kle in­jury that left him side­lined on Tues­day.

Popovich sug­gested his team had been un­able to men­tally cope with the loss of Leonard for Game 2.

“The only way I can process is that I don’t think they be­lieved. You have to be­lieve.

“They didn’t start the game with be­lief. And it showed with the lack of edge, in­ten­sity, grunt.”

Popovich, mean­while, was crit­i­cal of Aldridge for fail­ing to as­sume the of­fen­sive re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in the ab­sence of Leonard.

“He’s got to score for us. He can’t be timid. He can’t turn down shots. He has to score. He’s got to do it. No doubt about it,” Popovich re­marked, de­clin­ing to ex­plain Aldridge’s poor per­for­mance.

“I’m not go­ing to psy­cho­anal­yse him,” Popovich said. “He doesn’t de­serve that.”

Game 3 takes place at San An­to­nio on Satur­day and Brown has al­ready warned the War­riors to ex­pect a re­sponse in Texas.

“It’s go­ing to be a dog fight,” Brown said. “We’ve got to get our guys ready to play a tough Game 3. Be­cause if we don’t we could end up los­ing the game.”

RE­SULT — Semi-fi­nal play­off (best of seven se­ries): Golden State 136 San An­to­nio 100 (Golden State lead 2-0). AFP


War­riors’ Zaza Pachu­lia (top) dunks the ball as Spurs’ Danny Green (right) and LaMar­cus Aldridge look on dur­ing their game in Oak­land on Wed­nes­day.

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