Stephen Curry had a noticeably un-Stephen Curry game in Game 2 against the Spurs Wednesday night. There was no customary third quarter explosion, and with 7-of-20 shooting he looked mortal compared to the ridiculous precedent he’s set for himself. But there to pick up the slack was Klay Thompson, who poured in a career-high 34 points and 14 rebounds and a Warriors playoff record eight 3-pointers. Thompson had just five points in the second half but made up for it by helping slow down Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili with his sneaky good defense.
But KT’s 29 first half points were quite the spectacle. Remarkably, they were the most points in a half that any player has scored against a Gregg Popovich-coached Spurs team. He was 10 points off of former Warriors guard Sleepy Floyd’s single-half playoff record from 1987 of 39 points. With Curry having an off-night and Thompson delivering the game of his life, Gregg Popovich joked after the game: “I thought it was polite of them to at least take turns and not be on fire on the same night.”
In a game Curry only gave us fleeting glimpses of the exceptional player he’s been this postseason, Thompson’s magical first half was the main reason why the Warriors were able take the lead for good just four minutes into the game and never look back. And now, thanks to the wonderful phenomenon that is Internet video, let’s relive the magic:
[vid via Deadspin]