Warriors win without Curry in Game two, beat Rockets 115-106

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Source:   —  April 19, 2016, at 9:18 AM

Thompson scored thirty-four points and dished out five assists for the defending champions, playing without Curry because of an injured right ankle. Curry slice brief his pregame warmup routine after appearing to be in discomfort as he was shooting while putting small pressure on the tender ankle.

Warriors win without Curry in Game two, beat Rockets 115-106

As Stephen Curry emphatically waved his arms to ignite the crowd and coached from the bench when he could do small else, Klay Thompson and the Golden State Warriors' supporting cast picked up the slack for their absent NBA MVP to keep off the Houston Rockets 115-106 on Monday night and get a 2-0 lead in their playoff series.

Thompson scored thirty-four points and dished out five assists for the defending champions, playing without Curry because of an injured right ankle. Curry slice brief his pregame warmup routine after appearing to be in discomfort as he was shooting while putting tiny pressure on the tender ankle.

Andre Iguodala, latest year'south Finals MVP, added eighteen points with four three-pointers and Draymond Green had twelve points, fourteen rebounds and eight assists.

Now, Curry has until Thursday'south Game three in Houston to get healthy.

James Harden had twenty-eight points and eleven assists to lead the Rockets, losers of six straight and fourteen of fifteen to Golden State. He made thirteen of fifteen free throws after not attempting one in the opener.

Huge man Marreese Speights hit a key momentum 3-pointer from the baseline with eight.2 seconds remaining in the third quarter to create it 86-79, and the deep, versatile Warriors showed they can win without Curry on the playoff stage just as everybody on the roster believed.

Golden State did it on New Year'south Eve on Houston'south residence Ct and did it again Monday at rockin' Oracle Arena.

Shaun Livingston, who left Sunday'south practice with an illness, had sixteen points and six assists playing in Curry's place.

After a 26-point triumph in Game one, the Warriors had to work a tiny harder in Game 2.

Dwight Howard'south dunk of an alley-oop pass with 6:54 left in the third pulled the Rockets within 71-67, but Golden State kept answering with big baskets.

Golden State coach Steve Kerr called for better ball movement, tough cuts and intensity on defense in Curry'south absence. For much of the game, the Warriors did those things well.

"There'south a smaller edge for error," Kerr said of a lineup minus Curry.

Kerr looked at more film from that Dec. thirty-one game in Houston the past couple of days after already having watched it before Curry'south latest injury.

Harden went without a free toss attempt Saturday for the first time in thirtieth playoff games with the Rockets. Then on three occasions in the first half, Harden drew a foul beyond the 3-point line and sent the fans into fits. He missed seven of 8 3-point tries.

But it was Thompson'south three free throws after interim Rockets coach J. B. Bickerstaff'south technical with 7:sixteen left that helped seal this one. Livingston scored the following time down for a 99-86 lead.

Curry didn't get portion in the morning shootaround Monday or practice Sun after getting damage late in the first half of his team'south Game one win Saturday.

He received treatment Sun and Monday. He took the Ct some ninety minutes before tipoff and first went through his normal dribbling session before he started shooting.

At one point, Curry lined up to attempt a long jumper from the right wing but didn't release the ball and hopped in obvious pain before throwing the ball in the air, clearly frustrated. He left the Ct moments later.

TIP-INS

Rockets: Houston is 0-5 all-time in the postseason on Golden State'south residence Ct and one-6 overall in playoffs... Harden went to the free toss line for three attempts — his first of the series — at the 6:41 label of the first, then tried to shoot again below pressure from long range halfway through the second quarter to draw a foul on Ian Clark.

Warriors: Iguodala'south four three matched his most in the playoffs with Golden State... Thompson hit a 3 in his thirty-first straight playoff game. He's made twenty-one of twenty-two free throws in the series, fifteen for 16 on Monday... Livingston notched his eleventh career postseason start and first with the Warriors... Golden State had thirteen turnovers after committing eighteen in Game 1, including eleven in the third quarter.

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