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Curry shines as Warriors crush Spurs, lead series 2-0

Curry shines as Warriors crush Spurs, lead series 2-0

THE powerhouse Golden State Warriors clobbered the shorthanded San Antonio Spurs, 136-100, on Tuesday in Oakland (Wednesday, Manila time) to make it two straight wins in the Western Conference finals.

The Warriors were quickly into their familiar scoring groove, sprinting into a 33-16 lead by the end of the first quarter and never letting up. Warriors superstar guard Stephen Curry came out blazing, hitting 14 of 26 shots and scoring 40 points.

Popovich said the Spurs were "feeling sorry for themselves" after the controversial loss of Leonard, injured in Sunday's game one when he landed on the foot of Warriors' centre Zaza Pachulia in what the coach deemed a risky and unsportsmanlike play. "You've got to be the most physical team, the team that wants it the most and play with that edge and that feeling the entire game".

The Warriors also got a strong effort from rookie Patrick McCaw, who had 18 points and five assists off the bench.

Leonard re-injured his left ankle in Sunday's 113-111 Game 1 loss after coming down on Zaza Pachulia's foot. Popovich wasn't about to guess whether Leonard would play in Game 3, scheduled for Saturday in San Antonio. Only one other Spurs player made double figures - Davis Bertans with 13 - while LaMarcus Aldridge was restricted to just eight points.

Golden State has won 10 consecutive postseason games, extending the franchise record and becoming the fifth team in a postseason to reach that mark.

Leonard remains questionable for Saturday's Game 3 at San Antonio.

Andre Iguodala sat out with a knee injury. The Spurs beat the Houston Rockets by 39 points in the close- out game of the previous round without Leonard. The Spurs haven't rebounded from a 0-2 deficit to win a playoff series since overcoming the New Orleans Hornets in seven games in the Western semifinals in 2008.

Brown then revealed that Spurs coach Gregg Popovich phoned him from the team bus to poke fun. That's a combination that won't lose the Warriors many games. We saw how the San Antonio's fate turned upside down in the third quarter, and a full matchup of that kind of unimaginative effort will quickly turn the second game into a blow-out. Should Leonard be unable to play in Game 3 - he's now listed as questionable - the Spurs will be facing down a tall task to avoid a 3-0 series deficit. It seemed like the Golden State Warriors were having a shootaround by themselves tonight in Game 2 of the West Finals. "It just depends on how the ankle heals. I think he's got a major responsibility in Game 3 to come out and get something done". And you have to believe. "Once we settled in, as opposed to trying to get it all back in one play, it started working for us". We're just going to keep pounding on that. Eventually a reporter asked him if he was angry that the Spurs were in the position they're in.