After a heartbreaking collapse in Game 1 where they had a big lead late in the fourth quarter, the Golden State Warriors seemed destined to stay defined by their curse against the San Antonio Spurs on the road. Ever since the creation of the AT&T Center, the Warriors have never won a game in the building for over 16 years. Spurs superstar Tim Duncan has never lost to the Warriors at home.
Tonight the Warriors dispelled the myth by doing everything they needed to have a repeat performance of Game 1 in Game 2. However this time, they earned the much-needed win to bring the series back home to the Bay Area tied at one a piece.
Klay Thompson was impressive all game with a career-high 34 points. Even more important was his contributions on defense against Tony Parker and his 14 rebounds. With Stephen Curry having an off game compared to his 44-point outburst in Game 1, Thompson led the way offensively for a Mark Jackson-led team consisting of just eight players on Wednesday.
Watching the game, there were eerily-similar attributes between Game 1 and Game 2. Just two days after watching the Warriors blow an excellent performance in the fourth quarter and in overtime, the big lead by the third quarter was just too similar to feel comfortable about the situation. As the Spurs showed signs of coming back, they never cut down their deficit to less than 6 points and held their ground against a solid veteran team at home.
But thankfully, Warrior fans breathed a sigh of relief with about a minute left in the game. After getting some key stops against a desperate Spurs offense looking to go on a run at the end, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich sent in benchwarmers Patrick Mills and Tracy McGrady to end their immaculate winning streak at home.
As the series now goes to Oakland, the Warriors should feel very confident about their chances in this series. After nearly leaving San Antonio up 2-0, all the Warriors now have to do is defend their home court and win at Oracle Arena in order to advance to an improbable appearance in the Western Conference Finals.
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