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Warriors rout Spurs to take 2-0 lead

Warriors rout Spurs to take 2-0 lead
By Reuters

17/05/2017 at 06:24Updated 17/05/2017 at 09:05

The Golden State Warriors took full advantage of Kawhi Leonard's absence on Tuesday, bombing the uninspired San Antonio Spurs with 18 3-pointers en route to a 136-100 trouncing in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals.

Stephen Curry scored 15 of his game-high 29 points in a 33-16 first-quarter run-away, propelling the Warriors into a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series that now shifts to San Antonio.

The Spurs get three days off to lick their wounds and hope Leonard, who sprained a previously injured left ankle in Game 1, can be ready for Game 3 on Saturday.

Two days after falling behind by 25 points in the first half to a Leonard-led team, the Warriors had a 25-point lead of their own in the 16th minute of the rematch en route to a 72-44 halftime advantage.

The Spurs were never appreciably closer in the second half.

Curry used 6-for-9 shooting from 3-point range to lead seven Warriors scorers in double figures. He also found time for seven rebounds, a game-high seven assists and three steals in his 31 minutes.

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.