The Golden State Warriors proved to be a dominant team even without the reigning MVP Stephen Curry, as they defeat the Houston Rockets, 115-106, in Game 2 of their playoff series on Monday at the Oracle Arena.
With Stephen Curry’s absence, the Warriors were led by Klay Thompson who scored 34 points on 8-of-20 shooting and Draymond Green established a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds. Shaun Livingston, who started for Curry, had 16 points and six assist.
Klay Thompson boosted the Warriors performance by scoring 20 points in the first half.
After the game, Thompson cracked a joke saying that the game was much easier without Curry but later admit that it was hard to fill up Curry’s role in the team.
”Ahh, it’s so much easier without him out there. When Steph’s out there, his man just sags in the paint, he doesn’t move the ball, he’s a very selfish teammate,” cracked Thompson on a report in Yahoo Sports. ”I’m just kidding, man, he’s the exact opposite of that. I think we showed it’s hard to fill that void. No one’s going to do it by themselves.”
For the Rockets, James Harden scored 28 points on 7-of-19 shooting and Rockets center Dwight Howard added 12 points and 10 boards. Harden and Howard’s performance were not enough to take advantage of the Warriors who didn’t have Stephen Curry on their side.
Draymond Green caught the attention of the netizens where he was praised after dominating the Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard. Green was ranked 2nd defensive player of the year behind Kawhi Leonard.
Stephen Curry, who suffered from an ankle injury in Game 1, will have much time until Thursday’s Game 3 against the Rockets. But according to Steve Kerr, they will not let Curry play until he has fully recovered from injury. Also, it seemed like they can handle the Rockets even without their best scorer inside the court.
The Golden State Warriors now lead 2-0 against the Houston Rockets and will set to face again on Thursday at Toyota Center.
Here are some of the game highlights in Game 2 of the playoff series between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets:
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