The Golden State Warriors had no problem destroying the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 2 of the West Finals, evening the series 1-1 in the process. The final score was 118-91.
Game 2 was competitive until Stephen Curry went bonkers in the third quarter. He had 15 points over a two minute span – his final line was 28 points on 9-15 shooting (5-8) on threes.
Another player with a massive impact for the Warriors was Andre Iguodala. He had 14 points, and more importantly, the enigmatic free throw shooter went 5-6 from the line. He also made an acrobatic layup that seemed to defy physics to some degree.
Golden State shot 50.6 percent from the field, 46.4 percent from deep, and had 12 turnovers in Game 2. Oklahoma City went 44.9 percent from the floor, 30.4 percent on triples, and had 15 turnovers (eight from Kevin Durant).
With Durant’s sloppiness and Russell Westbrook having a second straight poor shooting game (5-14 for only 16 points), OKC was doomed. That and being the victim of a Curry explosion in the third quarter.
An aspect I noticed and one the announcers picked up on was Andrew Bogut‘s struggles. Perhaps he’s experiencing health issues, or perhaps he’s just not focused, but he looked lost offensively and far from his normal self defensively. Given the energetic and effective play of both Festus Ezeli and Anderson Varejao in Game 2, how Steve Kerr manages center minutes will be intriguing.
For the Thunder, the Western Conference Finals have been an early success even in the face of being obliterated in Game 2. They snagged a game and now basically have a best-of-five series with three potential games at home. Of course, the Warriors could easily grab the advantage back by splitting on the road.
Game 3 will be in OKC on Sunday, 5/22 at 8:00 PM ET.
|9:00 PM ET, May 18, 2016
ORACLE Arena, Oakland, California Attendance: 19,596
|N. Mohammed||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|J. Huestis||DNP — INACTIVE|
|M. McGary||DNP — INACTIVE|
|K. Looney||DNP — INACTIVE|
|J. McAdoo||DNP — INACTIVE|
Officials: Mike Callahan, Kane Fitzgerald, Ed Malloy
Time of Game: 2:26
– K. Durant (6:33 – 3rd Qtr)