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Warriors rip Kawhi-less Spurs, 2 wins away from the Finals

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Golden State mercilessly scrubbed the floor with the Kawhi Leonard-less San Antonio 136-100 in Game 2 at Oracle Arena as the Warriors moved to two wins away from reaching their third straight NBA Finals.

Without Leonard’s defensive presence, the Warriors once again had a field day on offense, as Steph Curry made eight of his 13 attempts, including six of nine from the arc to finish with 29 points with seven rebounds and seven assists.

Patrick McCaw added 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting off the bench for the Dubs, while Kevin Durant shot 6-of-10 to score 16 points.

Golden State raced to a 33-16 advantage after the first frame and the lead ballooned to 72-44 by the end of the first half. The defending Western Conference champs scored at least 30 points in each quarter, and only let the Spurs score more than 30 points in a quarter just once.

Jonathon Simmons carried the banner for San Antonio, scoring a playoff career-high 22 points with three rebounds and three assists. LaMarcus Aldridge, the team’s other All-Star aside from Leonard, struggled and can only put up eight points on 4-of-11 shooting.

CRUSH THEM WHILE THEIR DOWN

Similar to what happened in Game 1, where Curry and Durant went off after Leonard limped to the showers following the aggravation of his left ankle injury, the Dubs enjoyed toying with the Leonard-less Spurs in Game 2.

The Warriors made 50 of their 89 field goals (56.2%) and sank 18 of their 37 bombs from the arc (48.6%). They recorded 39 assists, and all the Warriors except Matt Barnes made at least one of their three-point attempts.

Curry particularly had fun obliterating the undermanned Spurs, as he scored 19 of his total in the first half, spiked by a 5-of-7 performance from deep. He was pulled even before the third quarter ended and played just a little over 30 minutes.

POP LOOKING FOR ANSWERS

Only Simmons scored in double digits among the Spurs starters, and only Davis Bertans managed the feat among rotation players as he compiled 13 points on 4-of-4 shooting in garbage time.

San Antonio center Pau Gasol looked out of place in this series and scored just seven points in 16 minutes, while Patty Mills and Danny Green combined for 10 points on a troubling 4-of13 shooting, including 2-of-9 from the outside.

Veteran Manu Ginobili entered for five minutes but missed all his field goals and scored two points, while the young trio of Dejounte Murry, Kyle Anderson and Dewayne Dedmon combined for only 25 points on 10-of-33 shooting.