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The Paisano

Independent Student Newspaper for the University of Texas at San Antonio

The Paisano

Independent Student Newspaper for the University of Texas at San Antonio

The Paisano

Warriors make it a series with 100-91 road win over the Spurs

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Warrior’s guard Klay Thompson set career playoff highs with 34 points and 14 rebounds in a Game 2 victory that narrowly missed being a repeat meltdown for Golden State. Thompson torched San Antonio with 29 points in the first half where he was 7-for-8 from behind the 3-point line.

“I told him (Klay) at halftime that is, end of discussion, one of the greatest halves ever,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. “Not only what he did offensively, but what he did defensively.”

The Spurs fell behind by 19 points at the half before making another fourth quarter run that cut the lead to six. But Golden State held off San Antonio in the final four minutes much differently than Game 1 as Stephen Curry alone outscored the Spurs 5-2 to end the game.

“We put a couple good minutes together and finally started getting a defensive rhythm,” Tim Duncan said. “It just wasn’t enough.”

San Antonio’s offensive woes continued as they shot 39 percent from the field and hit only five of their 21 attempts from behind the 3-point line. The bad shooting performance happened on a night where Curry was held to 22 points on 7-for-20 shooting.

Duncan led the Spurs with 23 points and nine rebounds, and Tony Parker added 20 points and three assists but has shot 41 percent in the first two games.

“They were doing a good job if they wanted to get me tired on defense, obviously,” Parker said. “On offense, I have to try and create for everybody. Over the course of the game it takes a toll.”

Thompson was slowed by the Spurs defense in the second half as he only scored five points, but he still managed to hit a key 3-pointer as the third quarter ended to give the Warriors an 83-72 lead.

“I thought it was polite of them (Curry and Thompson) to at least take turns and not both be on fire on the same night,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “Maybe the next iteration is neither one of them will be hot in Game 3. That’s what I’m hoping.”

Thompson had fouled out of Game 1 in the fourth quarter and was determined not to repeat that performance. “My dad is my biggest critic but every single game he tells me to stay out of foul trouble, so I probably gave him a hemorrhage the other night,” Thompson said. “I thought I did a good job tonight of not making dumb fouls like I did in Game 1.”

With the win, Golden State snapped their 30-game road losing streak in San Antonio that was currently the longest active streak in the NBA.

The series is now tied at one game apiece and the Spurs now head to Oakland for Game 3 in Oracle Arena on Friday, May 10 with a 9:30 p.m. start on ESPN.

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