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Curry, teammates reassure Pachulia anticipating hostile San Antonio reception

Curry, teammates reassure Pachulia anticipating hostile San Antonio reception

The Warriors led from start to finish and earned a 136-100 victory over the Spurs in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday night.

Assistant coach Mike Brown of the Golden State Warriors talks with the media before the game against the San Antonio Spurs during Game Two. Warriors superstar guard Stephen Curry came out blazing, hitting 14 of 26 shots and scoring 40 points. "(Curry) gets everybody else open once he gets it going like that", said Kevin Durant, who added 16 points to the Warriors' cause. After Danny Green's triple, Golden State scored 11 straight points to take their largest lead of the game at 44-19 with 9:22 left in the first half.

GSW: Zaza Pachulia (right heel contusion) left Game 2 in the first quarter and did not return.

On one possession in the second quarter, Aldridge was being defended by Green on the block when rookie Patrick McCaw came with a double-team. LaMarcus Aldridge finished the game with just eight points, Pau Gasol scored just seven points while Patty Mills had just five points as the Spurs shot just 37 percent from the field and eight of 23 from the three-point line.

Golden State won 67 games this season, the only team to do better than San Antonio's 61, and the Warriors were the NBA's top-scoring club.

Leading the series 2-0, the Warriors head to San Antonio for Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals on Saturday night.

Despite recent scrutiny for what some considered to be an illegal close out on Spurs star Kawhi Leonard, Zaza Pachulia remains fixated on one goal - helping his team close out the Spurs.

Popovich had no guess about Leonard's status for Game 3, saying it would likely be decided as late as Friday or Saturday.

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San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich gave a typically forthright assessment of his team's obliteration.

Game 2 was more or less over by halftime.

Warriors: Coach Steve Kerr attended his second game this series but again watched behind the scenes as he recovers from a May 5 procedure at Duke University to fix a spinal fluid leak. It seemed like the Golden State Warriors were having a shootaround by themselves tonight in Game 2 of the West Finals.

"You have to believe".

"I don't think they believed", Popovich said.

The Spurs have looked totally outmatched since Leonard went down with that ankle sprain but there's a good chance he'll play given the extra four days of rest.

"I don't think he needed to hear it, but just knowing that we all have his back is huge, especially at this juncture with the spotlight and the microscope that everybody's put on him", Curry said. With the win, Golden State takes a 2-0 lead in the series. That's just the way we always feel.

Expect the Warriors to go easy on Iguodala's minutes if they don't need him this round, he will play a much bigger role in the Finals if the Warriors face off again against the Cavaliers as expected.


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