The Golden State Warriors picked up where they left off, dominating the San Antonio Spurs in game two for a commanding series lead in the Western Conference finals.
The Warriors demolished the Spurs 136-100 in Oakland, California, on Tuesday to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven National Basketball Association western conference finals series.
The Spurs were the NBA's top defensive squad, powered by two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Leonard, who also averaged a career-high 25.5 points.
"If anything it should give us more confidence and encourage us more", Mills said. "At the end, all we did was what we were supposed to do, we took care of home court".
Tuesday's 36-point margin of victory was three points behind the franchise postseason record set by the Philadelphia Warriors in an 85-46 win over the St. Louis Bombers in 1948. The Warriors never looked back, blowing out the Spurs, 136-100. "They stayed composed. Not one point in the game did our guys hang their head or not believe". The Warriors held the Spurs to 21 points in the fourth, scored 32 points themselves, which allowed them to win. "So Game 3's going to be tough for us". That's pretty lame. So, call it like it is.
"They came out with a sense of urgency tonight from the beginning and they did that for 48 minutes". It was down to 20 after a Dwayne Dedmon dunk, but that was as close as San Antonio would get the rest of the game. Aldridge's closeout re-ignited the controversy that started when Zaza Pachulia stepped under Kawhi Leonard's foot that resulted in Leonard re-injuring his ankle.
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Five other Warriors connected on multiple 3-pointers in an 18-for-37 barrage that dwarfed the Spurs' 8-for-23 success from beyond the arc.
Leonard or no Leonard, Popovich insisted the series is over if his team doesn't get an attitude adjustment.
Starting center Zaza Pachulia was scheduled for an MRI exam Wednesday on his bruised right heel after an X-ray was negative.
San Antonio's depleted offense was led by Jonathon Simmons with 22 points.
With Steve Kerr unable to coach, assistant Mike Brown has been the man in charge of the Golden State Warriors which might be the easiest job in the sport. In the past three games, he's averaging 33.0 points and shooting 57 percent from the field and 49 percent from long distance. The Warriors had 39 assists - the most by any team this postseason - including 30 on their initial 38 baskets.
On Tuesday, Spurs fan Juan Vazquez filed a lawsuit against Pachulia and the Golden State Warriors on behalf of all Spurs season ticket holders and a San Antonio card shop. 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. "It's unsafe, it's unsportsmanlike, it's just not what anybody does to anybody else", Popovich said.
"In Game 3, I expect to see a different team", said Popovich, with hopes of Leonard being available for the next two games in Texas Saturday and Monday. "You know LaMarcus he's a stand up guy". I'm like, 'Hey, I'm being bullied by Oakland PD or San Francisco PD in my own building, my own parking lot.' So I start to go a little bit, and another one pulls up: 'Hey, you!