Stephen Curry had 29 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in three quarters and the Warriors trounced the short-handed Spurs, running away from San Antonio for a 136-100 rout. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said, “We didn’t come to play.”
OAKLAND, Calif. – Steve Kerr provided a strong message, just not from his usual spot on the bench: Play with urgency.
The Golden State Warriors did just that for their ailing coach watching from the locker room, and left Gregg Popovich questioning and criticizing his Spurs players for a lack of belief and feeling sorry for themselves without injured superstar Kawhi Leonard.
Stephen Curry had 29 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in three quarters and the Warriors trounced the short-handed Spurs, running away from San Antonio for a 136-100 rout Tuesday and 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference finals.
Rookie Patrick McCaw had 18 points and five assists off the bench, shooting 6 for 8, as Golden State earned its most lopsided victory of the playoffs to go to 10-0. Kevin Durant added 16 points.
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Jonathon Simmons scored 17 of his 22 points in the first half as the lone bright spot for the Spurs.
“It looked pretty collective to me. I don’t think it was one guy who didn’t believe and he infected everybody else or anything like that. As a group, they just let themselves down,” Popovich said. “The truth always quote-un-quote sets you free. You can’t sugarcoat it or say, ‘If we had just made a couple shots, we’d have been right there.’ That’s pretty lame. So, call it like it is.
“We didn’t come to play. We felt sorry for ourselves. We need to get slapped and come back and play Game 3 and see who we are.”
Leonard reinjured his left ankle in Sunday’s 113-111 Game 1 loss after coming down on the foot of defender Zaza Pachulia. Popovich on Monday called out the Warriors’ starting center for…