CHAMPS RALLY TO GO 2-0 OVER SPURS; HEAT TOP 76ERS WAR­RIORS ON WARPATH

The Philippine Star - - SPORTS -

OAK­LAND, Cal­i­for­nia – Kevin Du­rant sparked a de­ci­sive third-quar­ter run on the way to 32 points, Klay Thomp­son added 31 points and five as­sists in an­other su­perb play­off per­for­mance and the Golden State War­riors ral­lied in the sec­ond half to beat the San An­to­nio Spurs, 116-101, on Mon­day night for a 2-0 lead in their first-round se­ries.

As Stephen Curry re­mains out likely for the en­tire se­ries nurs­ing a sprained left knee, the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons used all the of­fen­sive power they had to take both home games in the best-of-seven se­ries. Wear­ing a dark check­ered sport coat, Curry was all smiles watch­ing an­other lop­sided win with­out him. Golden State’s Kevin Du­rant (35) looks for an open team­mate as he is hounded by San An­to­nio’s Rudy Gay dur­ing Game 2 of their NBA Play­offs in Oak­land. Thomp­son fol­lowed up his bril­liant 11-for-13 shoot­ing day in a 113-92 Game 1 rout Satur­day by hit­ting 12 of 20 shots. Du­rant also had six re­bounds and six as­sists for the War­riors, who went with­out key backup big man David West down the stretch af­ter he sprained his left an­kle early in the fourth. In Philadel­phia, Dwyane Wade turned in a vin­tage per­for­mance, scor­ing 28 points to end the 76ers’ 17-game win­ning streak and lead the Mi­ami Heat to a 113-103 Game 2 win over Philadel­phia and even the first-round play­off se­ries. “It’s just in my DNA,” Wade said. “I love the stage.” The 36-yearold flashed the form of a three­time NBA cham­pion with the Heat, not the jour­ney­man who bounced around the last two sea­sons with for­get­table stints in Chicago and Cleve­land.

Wade made 11 of 17 shots and put on a show in the sec­ond quar­ter and put it away in the fourth.

“I saw mo­ments,” Heat coach Erik Spoel­stra said. “That’s what de­fines Dwyane Wade.”

The 76ers could soon get their defin­ing Process mo­ment from Joel Em­biid.

The Six­ers sorely needed Em­biid, their All-Star cen­ter out with a bro­ken or­bital bone, to set­tle them as they fell in a quick a 16-point hole.

The Six­ers lost for the first time since March 13 to In­di­ana. They won 16 straight to end the reg­u­lar sea­son and the first game of the play­offs and played their 10th straight game with­out Em­biid.

“You need Joel Em­biid,” Six­ers coach Brett Brown said.

The se­ries shifts to Mi­ami for Game 3 on Thurs­day.

REUTERS

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