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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant controls the ball against San Antonio Spurs forward Rudy Gay during game two of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs in Oakland April 16, 2017. — Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports pic via ReutersGolden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant controls the ball against San Antonio Spurs forward Rudy Gay during game two of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs in Oakland April 16, 2017. — Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports pic via ReutersOAKLAND, April 17 — Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson produced 30-point games as the Golden State Warriors took a stranglehold on their Western Conference playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs with a 116-101 victory yesterday.

The Warriors moved into a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series after overcoming a determined Spurs team determined to bounce back after being outclassed in game one.

San Antonio started strongly, with LaMarcus Aldridge — who finished with 34 points — driving the Spurs forward as they shaded the first period 25-23.

The visitors continued to rally in the second quarter at the Oracle Arena, and had moved into a 53-47 at half-time.

But Golden State’s relentless pressure and offensive variety—- even without the injured Stephen Curry — inevitably began to tell in the second half, and the reigning NBA champions slowly turned the screw to overhaul San Antonio and pull clear.

Durant finished with 32 points, six rebounds and six assists while Thompson had 31 points with five assists.

San Antonio had led 67-66 with just over four minutes left in the third, but two sublime back-to-back three-pointers from Durant helped the Warriors pull clear to 74-67.

A 22-10 Golden State run helped them move 88-77 ahead, a double-digit deficit that the Spurs never looked like clawing back.

Three-pointers from Draymond Green and Quinn Cook put the Warriors 94-79 ahead and the only question from that point was the likely size of the victory margin. — AFP



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