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Warriors throttle Spurs to take 2-0 lead

19 Mai 2017

Curry led the way for the Warriors, scoring 29 points in 30 minutes of play on 13 shots for a plus-24.

Popovich said the Spurs were "feeling sorry for themselves" after the controversial loss of Leonard, injured in Sunday's game one when he landed on the foot of Warriors' centre Zaza Pachulia in what the coach deemed a unsafe and unsportsmanlike play.

Two days after falling behind by 25 points in the first half to a Leonard-led team, the Warriors had a 25-point lead of their own in the 16th minute of the rematch en route to a 72-44 halftime advantage.

Patrick McCaw scored 18 off the bench for Golden State while Kevin Durant had 16 points. San Antonio played well without Leonard last week in their closeout win against the Rockets, but the Warriors are a much different animal.

"We can't necessarily play any worse than we did tonight", point guard Patty Mills said of the Spurs, who made only 37 per cent of their shots. Leonard missed the rest of the game and the Warriors came back from a 23- point deficit to win the game by two, 113- 111. But at this point, smart money would expect Golden State to lead this series three games to none. One of those on the side demanding retribution is Texas native Juan Vasquez, who has taken the unusual and extreme step of suing both the Warriors and Pachulia himself for injuring the Spurs star player. Signed to be Leonard's second-fiddle, Aldridge will need to produce more No. 1 option moments should he wish to propel a Leonard-less Spurs team to a victory in Game 3. Popovich's squads have been the league's fundamental gold standard, the team that gets the most out of its talent and, more than any of its opponents, does things in a way that would have pleased John Wooden or Pete Newell. That's a combination that won't lose the Warriors many games.

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The Warriors took control from the opening seconds. The Spurs, who were up by 25 when Leonard was hurt in the third quarter of Game 1, have been outscored by 61 points since the injury. "It's risky, it's unsportsmanlike, it's just not what anybody does to anybody else", Popovich said. "I'd probably list him as questionable".

"I don't think he needed to hear it, but just knowing that we all have his back is huge, especially at this juncture with the spotlight and the microscope that everybody's put on him", Curry said. Should Leonard be unable to play in Game 3 - he's now listed as questionable - the Spurs will be facing down a tall task to avoid a 3-0 series deficit. "We have a good training staff".

"You have to believe". "Not just come out with it, but keep it for 48 minutes, especially against a team that if you let them loose and they get comfortable, they're going to make four or five threes in a row and now you're in deep trouble".

A disappointed Popovich deems that as a group, his players never believed they could have won the game.

Warriors throttle Spurs to take 2-0 lead