Klay Thompson sets Spurs ablaze in Game 2 win

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The NBA Playoffs 2018 is already in full swing as the San Antonio Spurs try to bounce back after a poor showing last Saturday against the Golden State Warriors. All year, the San Antonio Spurs star led the team's offense with his risky mid-range game and a system designed around him more than years past, something that helped soothe complaints stemming from a disgruntled summer. "We have been here before in the postseason and know what it takes to win".

Embiid was a spectator in Game 1 of the first-round series because of a broken orbital bone around his left eye.

JaVale McGee had the defensive assignment on Aldridge at the start of the game and actually outscored him 9-4 in the Warriors' first-quarter runaway. San Antonio has won 11 straight at home. Thompson didn't do much else, but he finished the night 12-20 from the floor and tallied 31 points.

LaMarcus Aldridge was huge in the loss, producing a double-double with 34 points and 12 rebounds. The one thing we always say to Andre is shoot the ball, we trust his shot, we have confidence in him. He scored 24 points on 9-17 shooting, but he was doing everything else on the court, too; he grabbed 8 rebounds and dished out 7 assists, and his length and speed were torching the Spurs the entire game.

And the Spurs showed higher intensity on both ends through the first half, working to keep the ball out of Durant's hands or contest shots while jumping in passing lanes to force mistakes. "We don't want to go home [down] 0-2".

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It worked. The Spurs shot just 35 percent in the first quarter and were held to 17 points, falling behind by as many as 14 points.

"We know what we're capable of", he said.

Kevon Looney was called upon to replace Green earlier than Steve Kerr would have liked, although Green was back in the game by the end of the first quarter.

The Warriors still brought enough effort to counter the Spurs' improved play. But Thompson answered with a bucket from the corner with 2.3 seconds remaining, making it a six-point game at intermission.

Game 2 will be at Oracle on Monday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m.

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After showing the world they can flip the switch when the playoffs started Saturday with a 19-point victory, the Warriors needed a new challenge. Even with a high-powered offense at their disposal, Golden State was able to take Game 1 with their suffocating defense.

Golden State came with the kind of swarming defense it is so used to playing but hadn't exhibited much lately as rotations were mixed and matched because of injuries and illness.

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Before failing to cover in the teams' past two meetings, the Warriors went 3-0 against the spread in the previous three, winning those games by an average of more than 16 points. In addition to his 14 points and four 3-pointers (it needs to be stated again because it's just that impressive), Iguodala had seven rebounds, and five assists in 28 minutes.

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