An annihilation occurred: Warriors 136, Spurs 100, a 36-point destruction that improved the Warriors to 10-0 in the playoffs and pushed them up 2-0 in the West Finals as the series shifts to San Antonio.
The San Antonio Spurs were on their way to a shocking win in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals until star small forward Kawhi Leonard went down with a sprained left ankle in the third quarter and the Golden State Warriors responded with a big rally. Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry, left, dribbles past San Antonio Spurs' Pau Gasol during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Oakland, Calif.
What that means exactly, as San Antonio looks to fight back from a 2-0 deficit against top-seeded Golden State, is up for debate.
The Spurs, who led by 23 points in the third quarter when Leonard left the game, lost Game 1. "We need to get slapped and come back and play Game 3 and see who we are". "We had to go take it".
Jonathon Simmons was the lone bright spot for the Spurs, scoring a team-high 22 points. "I'm disappointed. The only way I can process this is I think it's not about the O's and X's or rebounds or turnovers or anything like that". That's just the way we always feel.
"So, call it like it is, and we didn't come to play".
"We never felt like we're out of the game", said Draymond Green.
Pachulia didn't return to the game after halftime and his status for Game 3 is unknown with what the team deemed a right heel contusion.More news: Jose Mourinho Unhappy With Premier League Scheduling
Golden State quickly established its pass-happy, up-tempo style to take the Spurs out from the opening tip.
To watch the Spurs in Game 2 was to see a team still feeling sorry for itself after blowing a 25-point lead in Sunday's 113-111 loss in the series opener.
He re-aggravated the ankle in game one on a three-point shot attempt by stepping on a teammate's foot who was sitting on the bench.
"They came out with a sense of urgency tonight from the beginning and they did that for 48 minutes". Zaza Pachulia had 11 points, nine rebounds, and three assists for the Warriors. They finished with 39 assists as a team, which is the most assists by any team in a game this postseason.
Golden State improves to a ideal 10-0 record this postseason behind exceptional play from Steph Curry and Draymond Green, who are turning in the best post-season run of their careers.
I wished he didn't land on my foot, and honestly, I had no idea that he landed on my foot until turn back and he was already on the ground. "As a group they just let themselves down", Popovich said.
"So many blowouts, it has surprised me a little bit", Miami center Willie Reed said. But the thing that worries me is that he did it again, the exact same thing. I think he's got a major responsibility in Game 3 to come out and get something done. They're character guys. They know I'm going to tell them.
But from the reaction, you'd think the only fair option for the Warriors would be to sit out Kevin Durant or Steph Curry in the spirit of good sportsmanship. Patty Mills, playing in place of the injured Tony Parker, had another quiet night. After he went 1 for 8 and missed all six of his 3s in the first game, he finally hit from long range midway through the second. Golden State shot 65% as a team in the first half, including 58% from deep. But on the assumption that he is out for Game 3, the Warriors will go on the road in San Antonio and secure their eleventh straight postseason victory.