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.