The San Antonio Spurs were in need of a miracle after losing game one like they did. They blew a 25-point lead while losing their best player who they rely on heavily. Golden State came back from a 25-point deficit in game one to steal the momentum of the series. They carried that with them as they torched the Spurs, 136-100.
Golden State Warriors 136 – San Antonio Spurs 100
Golden State knew the Spurs were coming into this game in a bad place. Kawhi Leonard could not play through his ankle injury that he reaggravated in game one after landing awkwardly on a three-point shot. So the Warriors came out swinging early. After the first quarter, Golden State led 33-16 by doing what they do best which is shooting from distance. The three-point onslaught did not stop there as they extended their lead to 72-44 at halftime. By this time, game two was out of hand and the starters for both teams didn’t play much going forward. Only Steph Curry played more than 30 minutes for the Warriors and he finished the game with 29 points on 8-of-13 shooting. The entire Warriors team shot extremely well with percentages of 56.2 from the field and 48.6 from deep. When the Warriors shoot like this, especially at home, they are simply unstoppable.
Not only were the Warriors clicking on all cylinders, but the Spurs looked lost without Leonard running the show. The team finished the game shooting 37 percent and received no effort from their dynamic frontcourt of LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol. The two big men combined for 15 points which gave San Antonio no chance. However, Johnathan Simmons provided the Spurs with some sort of life as Leonard’s replacement in the starting lineup. The forward came away with 22 points on 8-of-17 shooting but only played 26 minutes. If it wasn’t for Simmons’ effort, Golden State could have won by a record-breaking margin. San Antonio needs to feed off Simmons’ energy in order to get back in the series.
San Antonio will get their chance to respond at home in game three on Saturday night. The status of Leonard’s ankle is still up in the air but he must play for the Spurs to even have a chance. Otherwise, there might be more blowouts in store for the rest of the Western Conference Finals.