Du­rant, Thomp­son sink Spurs

Vet­eran Wade leads Heat end­ing Six­ers’ streak

Global Times - - Sports -

Kevin Du­rant and Klay Thomp­son handed San An­to­nio a painful shoot­ing les­son as Golden State took a grip on their West­ern Con­fer­ence play­off duel on Mon­day. Du­rant and Thomp­son both weighed in with 30-point games as the War­riors pow­ered to a 116-101 win that puts the NBA cham­pi­ons 2-0 up in their be­stof-seven se­ries. The War­riors – still miss­ing the in­jured tal­is­man Stephen Curry – out­classed a phys­i­cal San An­to­nio from three-point range in a dev­as­tat­ing dis­play of scor­ing. Golden State made 15 of 31 at­tempts from three-point range, con­trast­ing sharply with San An­to­nio, who could only muster four from 28 at­tempts. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich pin­pointed his team’s fail­ure to threaten from dis­tance as the prin­ci­pal fac­tor in the loss. “The ball has to go in the bas­ket,” Popovich said. “That’s the dif­fer­ence in the ball­game. They shot 50 per­cent of threes; we made 14 per­cent, four of 28 or some­thing. That’s tough to over­come.” San An­to­nio started strongly, with LaMar­cus Aldridge – who fin­ished with 34 points – driv­ing the Spurs for­ward as they shaded the first pe­riod 25-23.

The vis­i­tors con­tin­ued to rally in the sec­ond quar­ter and had moved into a 5347 lead at half­time.

But Golden State’s re­lent­less pres­sure and of­fen­sive va­ri­ety in­evitably be­gan to tell in the sec­ond half.

Du­rant fin­ished with 32 points, six re­bounds and six as­sists while Thomp­son had 31 points with five as­sists.

The War­riors now head to San An­to­nio for Game 3 on Thurs­day.

In the East, Dwyane Wade pro­duced a vin­tage per­for­mance as the Mi­ami Heat ended Philadel­phia’s 17-game win­ning streak to level their se­ries 1-1. Wade, 36, scored 28 points in 25 min­utes as Mi­ami stunned the 76ers’ home crowd into si­lence with a 113-103 vic­tory.

It was a su­perb dis­play from Wade, a three-time NBA cham­pion who started this sea­son with Cleve­land be­fore re­join­ing Mi­ami in Fe­bru­ary be­fore the trade dead­line. Wade’s ex­pe­ri­ence proved cru­cial through­out, in­spir­ing a first-half fight­back to wipe out the 76ers’ early lead be­fore shep­herd­ing Mi­ami to the win in a nervy fi­nale.

Wade, who also had seven re­bounds and three as­sists, was backed by 20 points from Go­ran Dragic and 18 points from James John­son.

Philadel­phia were left re­flect­ing on their first loss since early March, jolt­ing their mo­men­tum as the se­ries heads to Mi­ami for Game 3 on Thurs­day.

Ben Sim­mons led the Philadel­phia scor­ing with 24 points, with Dario Saric adding 23 and Marco Be­linelli 16.

Photo: VCG

Kevin Du­rant (left) of the Golden State War­riors plays de­fense on LaMar­cus Aldridge of the San An­to­nio Spurs on Mon­day in Oak­land, Cal­i­for­nia.

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