LAY Thompson scored six consecutive points early in the fourth quarter, two on free throws that resulted from a clearpath foul, helping the Golden State Warriors break away from the San Antonio Spurs en route to a 116-101 victory in Game 2 of the Western Conference quarterfinals Monday night in Oakland, Calif.
The NBA’s defending champions will take a 2-0 lead on the road when the best-of-seven series relocates to San Antonio for Game 3 on Thursday night.
Kevin Durant had 32 points and Thompson 31 for the Warriors, who swept the Spurs 4-0 in the Western finals last May en route to their second championship in three years.
San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge produced game highs in points, 34, and rebounds, 12.
After trailing by as many as eight points in the first half, the Warriors were up just 82-77 after Spurs center Pau Gasol dropped in a pair of free throws 30 seconds into the fourth quarter.
However, on a designed play following Gasol’s second made free throw, Draymond Green threw a 75foot pass to Thompson, who had gotten behind the San Antonio defense.
Bryn Forbes grabbed Thompson’s jersey shortly before the catch, resulting in the clear-path violation, which is penalized with two free throws and possession of the ball.