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Instant Replay: Curry, Warriors demolish Spurs, take 2-0 lead

Instant Replay: Curry, Warriors demolish Spurs, take 2-0 lead

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OAKLAND -- The Warriors extended their postseason win streak to 10 in a row, an ongoing franchise record, cruising to a 136-100 victory Tuesday night over the Spurs in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals.

Stephen Curry provided most of the juice for the wire-to-wire win, pouring in a game-high 29 points as the Warriors took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series before a roaring sellout crowd at Oracle Arena.

Six more Warriors scored in double figures, with rookie Pat McCaw tossing in 18 points, Kevin Durant 16, Draymond Green 13, Klay Thompson 11, and Ian Clark and Shaun Livingston 10 apiece.

All 13 available Warriors entered the game, and all 13 scored as they posted their highest points total of the playoffs.

Though the Warriors were outrebounded (50-39), they more than offset that by shooting 56.2 from the field -- 65.1 percent in the first half -- while limiting the Spurs to 37 percent.

Forward Jonathan Simmons, starting for injured All-Star Kawhi Leonard, led San Antonio with 22 points.

STANDOUT PERFORMER:
Most everybody wearing a Warriors jersey played well, but Curry was the most dominating player on the floor.

Curry’s line: 29 points (8-of-12 shooting from the field, 6-of-8 from beyond the arc, 7-of-7 from the line), seven rebounds, seven assists and three steals. He played 31 minutes and was plus-24.

Curry now has 287 3-pointers for his career, moving into sixth place on the all-time list. Next up: Kobe Bryant, with 292.

TURNING POINT:
The Warriors blew it open early, opening with a 9-2 run and taking a 22-10 lead en route to a 33-16 advantage after one quarter.

The Spurs got no closer than 14 over the rest of the first half and no closer than 20 after halftime.

INJURY UPDATE:
Warriors: C Zaza Pachulia sustained a right heel contusion in the first quarter and did not return. F Andre Iguodala (L knee soreness) was listed as questionable and downgraded to out prior to tipoff. F Kevon Looney (L hip strain) was listed as out.

Spurs: F Kawhi Leonard (L ankle sprain) was listed as doubtful and downgraded to out prior to tipoff. G Tony Parker (L quadriceps tendon surgery) was listed as out.

WHAT’S NEXT:
The teams are scheduled to meet Saturday at AT&T Center in San Antonio for Game 3 of the series. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. Pacific.

Quinn Cook, Austin Rivers agree that Cleveland is worst NBA road city

Quinn Cook, Austin Rivers agree that Cleveland is worst NBA road city

The verdict is in. Cleveland doesn't rock.

In fact, Cleveland sucks, according to Warriors guard Quinn Cook and Rockets guard Austin Rivers.

Why?

"My family is there, they're calling me all the time, it's muggy and it's cold," Cook told Warriors sideline reporter Kerith Burke and Rivers on The Uninterrupted Road Trippin' podcast.

Cook's first professional contract actually came with the Cavs. After he went undrafted out of Duke in 2015, Cleveland signed him to a contract in September of that year. A month later, they waived him.

Why does Rivers hate Cleveland?

"It's just always freezing there," Rivers said. "And if you're there a day in between, which teams don't even do anymore, like you guys are staying here [in Houston] right now so you guys don't have to go to OKC for two days. There's nothing to do. What do you do?"

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Cook may not like the city of Cleveland, but his greatest professional accomplishment occurred there last June when he won an NBA championship with the Warriors.

You can hear the rest of Rivers, Cook and Burke's conversation on Road Trippin' in the player below, and subscribe here.

Warriors thought they had found consistency, but it vanished in Mavs loss

Warriors thought they had found consistency, but it vanished in Mavs loss

OAKLAND - Less than a week ago, the Warriors were seemingly out of their post-All-Star Game hangover. 

Following a 4-5 start after the break, the Warriors entered Saturday evening having won four of their last five games. They beat the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets, and crushed the Pacers 112-89, all but alleviating any ill will entering the final 11 games of the season. 

Two days later, that equity all but vanished against the Mavericks, who handed the Steph Curry-less Warriors a 126-91 loss, the team's worst under coach Steve Kerr at home, exposing, at least for a night, the inconsistency that's marred the champs for most of the season. 

"A lot of breakdowns," Kerr said. "A lot of miscommunications or lack of communication." 

With the Warriors in a malaise, the Mavericks jumped out to a 35-16 lead in a first quarter that saw Dallas shoot 65 percent from the field, including two 3-pointers from Dirk Nowitzki. By halftime, Dallas had built a 28-point advantage. More alarming was Golden State's offense, which made just 40 percent its shots, was Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson combined to go 13-of-38 from the field.

The loss dropped Golden State a half-game behind the Denver Nuggets for the top spot in the Western Conference.

Performances like Saturday night have been an all-too-familiar occurrence for a team pushing for its third straight title. Of the team's 11 losses at home this season, six have been by more than 23 points, and three have been by teams eliminated from playoff contention. 

"It is weird, you're supposed to win at home," Green said. "And you expect to win at home. We've had quite a few letdowns this year."

"These late-season games for teams like Dallas, who are out of the playoffs, it's a free swing," Kerr added. "There's no pressure. We talked about that before the game. We knew they'd come out firing and playing with freedom and just letting it loose. I kind of expected a slow start, a little bit of a letdown game, but I thought we'd pull it together." 

Most curious about Saturday's loss is that it came during a stretch where Golden State was playing its best basketball of the season. Entering Saturday, the Warriors were 4-1 over their last five games, holding opponents to just 98.8 points per game, posting a 97.8 defensive rating.

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Two weeks ago, following the loss to Phoenix, the Warriors stated their goal to was to reach the top seed in the Western Conference for the fourth time in five seasons. But, as Saturday proved, that will require a consistency the Warriors have struggled to find much of the season. Fortunately for the champs, they'll have another chance less than 24 hours, against the Detroit Pistons, to find it. 

"I think everybody in that locker room had their asses beat down," Durant said. "We all did. I know this experience is different with how much winning we've done the past few years, but we still are in the NBA... And guys have been a part of terrible games, along with great games as well, so the good thing about it is we play tomorrow night too."