Warriors destroy the Spurs, take a 2-0 lead

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Although Game 2 was expected to be a tough battle between the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs, Stephen Curry and his team-mates were unstoppable and destroyed their opponents (136-100), earning their second victory in the Western Conference Finals (2-0).

Golden State was dominant in the first quarter and never looked back. Playing very well on both ends of the floor, the home team quickly took a double-digit lead and was up by 17, after 10 minutes in the game (33-16).

Things didn’t change a lot later in the match (68-37, 72-44 in the end of the first half) and the Warriors managed to extend their advantage to 41 points in the second half, exploiting San Antonio’s disappointing performance.

For the winners, Curry had 27 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, while Golden State dished 39 assists, along with an impressive field-goal percentage (56.2% overall, 18/37 from beyond the arc).

On the other hand, the Spurs couldn’t deal with Kawhi Leonard’s absence, due to injury, and made one of their worst games this season, although it was believed that, thanks to their great performance in Game 1, they would be able to beat their opponents and tie the series.

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Nov 11, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) during the third quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. The Spurs defeated the Sixers 109-85. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

“The Spurs head to Game 2 of the series vs Golden State as a +14 point underdog, but judging by the way they played on Game 1, the spread makes them a great betting pick. I simply don’t see San Antonio losing any game of the series by such a large margin” expressed David Strauss, sports director at MyBookie.ag online sportsbook.

However, Gregg Popovich’s players played very poor defence, while they didn’t shoot the ball very well (37% in total, 18 turnovers, but also 21 assists). No member of the squad played at high standards, apart from Leonard’s replacement, Jonathan Simmons, who scored 22 points, and David Bertans, who added 13 on 4/4 shooting.

 

*Game 3 will take place on Saturday evening.