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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.

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