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Warriors 62, Spurs 43: Klay Thompson Takes Over First Half

The Warriors, seemingly unfazed by their fourth-quarter meltdown in Game 1, have built up another big lead on the host Spurs.

Guard Klay Thompson has taken over the game with 29 points, including seven first-half 3-pointers, to send Golden State into the locker room up 62-43 in Game 2 of this Western Conference second round series. On two quarters, he tied the Warriors record for 3-pointers in a playoff game, set by Stephen Jackson in 2007.

Curry knocked down his first two 3-point attempts. He missed his third attempt, but was fouled on the fourth, the free throws putting Golden State ahead 10-8 with 7:54 left in the third.

With memories of his 22-point quarter in Game 1 still fresh in their minds, the Spurs started paying even closer attention to Curry. So Thompson got going.

He scored five points in 41 seconds, which proved to be a sign. Later in the quarter, he scored five more in 33 seconds, his pull-up jumper in transition putting Golden State ahead 28-20.

Golden State led 28-23 entering the second quarter. Then Thompson really got hot. The Warriors led by six midway through the second quarter. But Thompson hit four straight 3-pointers to power an 18-5 Warriors run to close the half.

Golden State’s defense, of which Thompson was a big part, held the Spurs to 37.2 percents hooting in the first half. San Antonio was 0-for-7 from 3-point range and was outrebounded 28-20.

The Warriors led by as much as 18 in Game 1. They had a 16-point lead with 4:31 left in the fourth quarter before the Spurs closed the game on an 18-2 run to force overtime. San Antonio won it in double-overtime.

Marcus Thompson

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Please do a serious review of calls both way and show how heavily it’s been favoring the Spurs. This is ridiculous, the topper being the sad excuse for a technical.

  • commish

    Lesson from game 1: keep Bogut in the middle to stop Parker and Gnobili from getting easy baskets. We so should be 2-0 it still hurts, but what a great performance tonight.

  • JEY

    The refing against the Warriors has been absolutely atrocious in the playoffs.

    The exception being some of the calls we received in Game 6 vs Nuggets. Definitely got some homer calls there, but other than that, we’ve been getting the short end of the stick.

  • Stan

    Bogut was there the last four minutes. And the ending was different this time.
    SA is seeing the sands of time running out of the hour glass. For the Warriors THESE are the days of their lives!