Game 2 saw the Warriors get back to their run and gun style that has been so successful in their 118-91 victory. The ball movement and tempo to the offense that was missing in game 2 was back and clicking on all cylinders. The Thunder seemed like they were stuck in quick sand for most of the night and could never get into any kind of rhythm. The series now shifts back to Oklahoma City where they will have a chance to keep the home court advantage that they earned with their game one win.
Kevin Durant struggled early but was then spectacular in the second quarter with 13 points. He finished with 29 points and 6 rebounds but also 8 turnovers. There were stretches of the game where you thought he was going to take over but turnovers were ultimately too much to overcome. Russell Westbrook continued to be the underrated playmaker that he is finishing with 12 assist and only 3 turnovers. Unfortunately for the Thunder they also need Westbrook to score in order for the team to succeed and he struggled going 5-14 en route to 16 points. Steven Adams left the game in the second quarter with an apparent leg injury but returned and finished with 9 points and 10 rebounds. Serge Ibaka is one of the highest paid players on the Thunder and his team is going to need more than the 3 points he provided in game 2.
The Warriors were led by 2 time defending league MVP Steph Curry, who had 28 points on 9-15 from the floor including 5-8 from the three-point line. He made several of his highly difficult shots that it seems like only he can make. Klay Thompson had an off night by his standards with 15 points on 5-17 from the floor. He did make up for it in other areas especially on the defensive end where he has really stepped up his production. Harrsion Barnes had 11 points and 6 rebounds. Draymond Green was animated throughout the night, clearly determined to not let his team fall into an 0-2 series hole, had 10 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists in what has become an average game for him. Andre Igudala had 14 points off the bench and has been a reliable perimeter shooter this series, something that was not the case during last seasons playoff run. Maurice Speights had 13 points in only 9 minutes and Shaun Livingston had 12.
With their game one win that gave them home court advantage the Thunder have put themselves in a fantastic position. The Warriors are now the team facing the pressure with the Thunder having the benefit of the home crowd, which is sure to be at a fever pitch. It sounds simplistic to say but the key for the Thunder is Westbrook and Durant, they can get by with down games from others but they will need around 60 points between their two superstars every game to have a legit chance at winning the series.
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