After showing the world they can flip the switch when the playoffs started Saturday with a 19-point victory, the Warriors needed a new challenge. They executed the game plan wonderfully.
Klay Thompson scored six consecutive points early in the fourth quarter, two on free throws that resulted from a clear-path 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 first-round play-offs on Monday (April 16) night in Oakland, California.
In Game 1, the Warriors enjoyed a double-digit lead for the entire second half. Thompson missed missed four of his five shots, but rebounded to make 10 the last 14. "So for me, it's never about making or missing shots, it's about keeping the mindset of being aggressive".
Thompson was particularly prolific from downtown as he drained five three-pointers on the night.
Still in Game 2, the Warriors showed their offense can overcome nearly everything.
Thompson managed just three shots in the first quarter and began 1 for 5.
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The series shift to San Antonio for Game 3 and 4.
The Warriors lead their first round, best-of-seven series against the Spurs 2-0. "And when he's hitting those shots it does a lot for our offense".
Spurs All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge rebounded from a subpar performance in Game 1 with a double-double, finishing with 34 points and 12 rebounds. McGee added 15 points and consistent defense on Aldridge. Despite that, Kerr stuck with him for much of the first half. Through two games, the Warriors have now outscored the Spurs by 36 points off three-pointers.
McGee repaid that trust in the second half though, as he came out with infinitely more energy and made an impact on both ends of the court. He's a great offensive player and been that for years. "I just want the green light to play".
McGeeâs backup Kevon Looney wasn't any better to start.
He just knew it was going in and didn't even bother to look as he turned to face his teammates on the bench and the Warriors crowd with his arms raised in anticipation. Looney looked uncomfortable with the ball in his hands and was targeted at will in the pick-and-roll by the Spurs.
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The Warriors also didn't help matters by constantly turning the ball over, 11 times just in the first half, while the Spurs had just two.
"I mean there's definitely extra pressure but in my mind, no I don't [need to be more efficient]", Thompson told reporters after the game.
"If we can get them off their game and make them feel uncomfortable in that way, I think that's what we've got to do", Mills said of playing the Warriors.
In the two wins over San Antonio, he's shooting 23-of-33 from the field and 10-of-14 from beyond the arc. He shot 12-of-20 from the field, 5-of-8 from three and 2-of-2 from the line.
Given the 21-point win in Game 1 for the Warriors and knowing Gregg Popovich's coaching pedigree, the prediction for a close Game 2 wouldn't have been a hot take.
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