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Klay Thompson shoots the Warriors past the Spurs to win Game 2, even the series

May 9, 2013, 12:58 AM EDT

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the San Antonio Spurs during their NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Texas

In many ways, Game 2 between the Warriors and the Spurs was similar to Game 1. Golden State got out to a large lead behind one of its guards shooting the lights out, and San Antonio was stuck playing from behind the rest of the way.

The first game of the series saw the Spurs go on an incredible late run to erase their opponent’s early success, and they were able to pull it out after more than one overtime session. There would be no such heroics on this night, as the Warriors held off San Antonio 100-91 to steal home court advantage and even the series at a game apiece.

In Game 1, Stephen Curry was the one doing the damage for the Warriors. But after a decent first half in Game 2, he was largely held in check the rest of the night.

Klay Thompson was the killer for Golden State from the very start, pouring in 29 first half points while knocking down seven of his eight attempts from three-point distance. The Warriors built a lead of 19 points by halftime on the strength of Thompson’s hot hand, and unlike the first game of the series, were able to get just enough in the second half to keep the Spurs at bay.

Thompson finished with a game high 34 points and 14 rebounds, on 13-of-26 shooting, including 8-of-9 from beyond the three-point arc. He also did an excellent job defensively in helping to limit Tony Parker, who finished just 7-of-17 from the field with 20 points. Thompson fouled out near the end of regulation in Game 1 just before the Spurs embarked on their huge comeback, and his defense was sorely missed.

The Warriors cooled considerably in the second half, as Thompson and Curry combined to shoot 5-of-19 from the field over the game’s final two periods. The Spurs once again made a run, and twice cut the lead to six in the fourth quarter. But despite the overall low shooting percentage that Golden State suffered through in the second half, the team managed to find an answer offensively each time — first with a three from Draymond Green, and later with an incredible scoop shot finger roll from Curry with under four minutes to play that extended his team’s lead back to eight.

San Antonio tried to shoot their way back into it quickly from distance, yet managed to connect on just five of its 14 second half attempts from three-point range.

There are a lot of positives the Warriors will take with them back home to Oracle Arena for the next two games. They were able to get both of their guards going separately in each of the first two games, and they showed maturity in Game 2 by not collapsing again as they had in Game 1 of the series.

For the Spurs, the lesson is clear. If you let Curry or Thompson get loose early, they’ll torch you for a big performance that will be extremely difficult to stop. Both Mark Jackson and Gregg Popovich had their own take on the Warriors’ stellar shooters after this one.

“I thought it was polite of them to at least take turns and not both be on fire on the same night,” Popovich joked.

Jackson, however, was much more proud in praise of his guys.

“I’ve said, I’ve got the greatest shooting backcourt that’s ever played the game,” Jackson said. “Call my bluff.”

The Spurs would be wise not to do that for the remainder of this series.

  1. baymac408 - May 9, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Big win!! That’s how you do it! Steal 1 then go home to where it’s the loudest in NBA!! GO WARRIORS!!

    • Foul Dwimmerlaik - May 9, 2013 at 6:28 AM

      I shoulda known you’d be the first poster. Where were you right after Game One?

      Great game Warriors. Let’s see what happens when the games shift to your own turf.

  2. slumdog66 - May 9, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    As a clippers fan, curry is filthy. One of my favorite teams to watch. Warriors for the win!

  3. drewzducks - May 9, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    Gotta love the fact that the Lakers are the third best tem in their state.

    • Foul Dwimmerlaik - May 9, 2013 at 6:26 AM

      Only this season. Enjoy while it last.

      And you’re right. It is TEAM and NOT FRANCHISE.

      • Foul Dwimmerlaik - May 10, 2013 at 7:52 AM

        LOL on the thumbs down. You guys apparently can’t handle the truth.

        I DO want the Warriors to win this series, but I still have much respect for the Spurs team. I suggest you don’t underestimate these “geezers.” They’ve been old for the longest one and yet they keep on beating Father Time.

  4. txnative61 - May 9, 2013 at 2:55 AM

    Ha!! “Do you feel lucky?? Well DO YOU???!!!?” Greatest shooters—most powerful handgun, “Call my bluff.” San Francisco coach—-ya gotta love a great analogy!

  5. starvingardens - May 9, 2013 at 2:57 AM

    Ok Spurs fans that were talking a bunch of mess… Are you worried now? Even with Curry having a bad night, the Warriors were still able to crank it up.

    What happened to “Leonard was gonna do this, or Green was gonna do that, or Manu was gonna go crazy on the Warriors, oh…. And Matt Bonner? Oh… And watch out for Splitter because he’s coming back! The Warriors can’t hang with the Spurs we’re battle tested!”

    Can you please admit that you didn’t realize that the Warriors are actually a good team, and that you fans are scared?

    • vapor54 - May 9, 2013 at 7:44 AM

      This series is going 7 games. “Pops’ will figure out how to deal with the Curry/Klay duo. props to Mark Jackson who’s coaching better than I thought he would.

  6. patsfan15 - May 9, 2013 at 5:33 AM

    largely held in check the second half of game one ? He had a 22 point 3rd quarter….held in check wouldn’t be the word I would use to describe this situation.

    • bigmeechy74 - May 9, 2013 at 6:08 AM

      Read it again you munch

  7. patfic15 - May 9, 2013 at 7:08 AM

    This series looks eerily similar to the Thunder series last year. I wouldn’t be surprised if they take the next 3. Its cliche for the Spurs at this point, but they look old.

    • eventhorizon04 - May 9, 2013 at 10:59 AM

      The Warriors have looked like the better team whenever Klay Thompson has been on the floor to defend either Tony Parker or Manu Ginobili.

      It really seems like the Warriors (even without David Lee) matchup well against the Spurs. The Spurs theoretical advantage would be size, but Tiago Splitter is limited, so the Spurs are only playing with 1 true big-man for most of the game (Duncan). Well, it just so happens that Andrew Bogut is a very good post defender. Bogut isn’t going to shut down Tim Duncan (nobody does), but he can slow him down a bit without requiring help defense. No double teams on Duncan means no wide open looks for the Spurs’ 3 point shooters.

      Meanwhile, the Warriors have Thompson to harass Parker when the Spurs are on offense, and whether the Spurs try to put Parker or Curry or Thompson, Parker has to work hard on defense since both those guys are potent offensive threats.

      The Spurs aren’t out of this – Popp is a Hall of Fame coach of a reason, and 1-1 isn’t a huge deficit – but the Warriors have been the better team for the past 2 games.

      • eventhorizon04 - May 9, 2013 at 11:00 AM

        put Parker *on Curry or Thompson

  8. DonRSD - May 9, 2013 at 7:15 AM

    Warriors look good.
    They won’t make it to The Finals, but they are so much fun to watch.
    The Spurs have been boring to watch since I can remember – and I’m 33 now :)

  9. paulhargis53 - May 9, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    Foul: In the last 3 season ending series’ for the lakers, they are. 1-12. They haven’t been the best team in the state for 3 years running, next year doesn’t look good either. Best case scenario is Howard bolts and Kobe is done for most of the year.
    Stop living on past laurels and just accept that the lakers are in an extended down period. Swept out of the playoffs 2 out of the last 3 years. The lakers stink and are irrelevant to the nba title picture.

  10. alildusty - May 9, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    west got a whole lot more interesting once westbrook got injured.

    Both spurs and warriors have a good shot against the thunder if they get to the conf finals. If not, i’m not sure if either one of them can handle the length and physical play of memphis in a 7 game series.

  11. supremekingz - May 9, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Mark Jackson is coaching his “rear” off. These boys are hooping

  12. baymac408 - May 9, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    I was there after game one it was a good one!! Bout time you give props clown! Wake up world!! WARRIORS!

  13. ortizmari27 - May 9, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    First one to 4 wins the series,all this huffing and puffing after each game makes no sense don’t celebrate to early cause y’all might look like fools again like after game 1,plus playing at home doesn’t guarantee a win it only guarantees home town calls from the refs,Los Spurs played in tougher arenas they don’t rattle easy.every player says they have the best fans what are they suppose to say our fans suck.

    • starvingardens - May 9, 2013 at 2:26 PM

      There was never no huffing and puffing in game one. The Warriors new they let that game slip away. They didn’t allow it to happen a 2nd time. Klay Thompson fouled out in game one when Parker started going off. I don’t know if you read some of the stats, but the Spurs only led in points during this series a whopping 3 minutes. And the three minutes is being nice.

      I’m sure the Spurs have played in tough arenas, but nothing compared to Oracle. There is a reason most of the broadcasters have given high praise to the fans. They aren’t fair-weather and will ride or die with the Warriors whether they have tons of lows of the past ownership and seasons, to the new highs that the team is finally experiencing.

      FYI I’ve been to a couple of games in San Antonio and to compare it to Oracle… no contest. Don’t get me wrong. I’m a big Spurs fan and have been since Robinson/Rodman/Elliot/Avery/Vinnie era, and would want them to win the whole thing only if they weren’t playing the Warriors.

      It is first to 4 yes, but by the looks of this series, Pop is gonna have to milk everything he’s got out of his HOF’s

      • Kurt Helin - May 11, 2013 at 10:51 AM

        The Spurs have won 4 rings. Oracle is up there with OKC as the two loudest buildings in the league, but please don’t think that will faze the Spurs. Too veteran for that, they have seen it all.

  14. baymac408 - May 9, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Big person to step up besides Klay and Curry aka splash bros! HARRISON BARNES!! Yes the rookie has put in big bucket after big bucket.. Showing poise of a veteran.. All in all the whole team is playing great on boards and everybody is contributing! Shout out to Draymond Green for beer loosing confidence!!

  15. baymac408 - May 9, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Bro go to Oakland and you will see why they say in oracle it’s loud!! Just like inside San Jose tank! It’s loud!! And midway thru 4th quarter game 1.. Half the arena in san antonio bounced before they made that comeback.. Please stop

  16. baymac408 - May 9, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Warrior fans have been there they thick and then.. Even when we have loosing seasons it’s still loud as hell in Oracle! And honestly every Bay Area stadium is loud and roudy.. Not saying we are the only ones but there is a reason why people get beat up at Bay Area games!! TEAM PRIDE ALL DAY OUT HERE! GO WARRIORS

  17. geicocaveman - May 9, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Nice game Klay. GO COUGS!!!

  18. ortizmari27 - May 9, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    So ur saying warriors fans have never left early?Every!!!!!team has bandwagon fans I’m just saying just cause it gets loud doesn’t guarantee anything they still have to play the game.first one to 4 that’s all that matters.if Los Spurs win the series these comments don’t mean a thing or vice versa.

  19. baymac408 - May 9, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Word

  20. ortizmari27 - May 11, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    Wait I taught warriors fans didn’t leave early,takes one to know one ….bandwagon lately…

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