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The Warriors Were Playing at a Different Speed

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The Golden State Warriors evened their 2nd round NBA Playoff series with the Los Angeles Lakers at 1-1 riding a red-hot performance by Klay Thompson and a near triple-double from Draymond Green. Nobody was surprised to see Anthony Davis come back to earth and the defending champions respond, but it felt like the Warriors were just playing at a different speed. Coming out of halftime, they stretched their lead in the blink of an eye and then proceeded to run the Lakers right off the court.

Dan Patrick: “When it’s all working for Golden State, you’re not going to beat ‘em... They picked up the tempo a little bit there and it felt like the Warriors were going at a different speed. They’ve made 42 3-pointers in the series so far through two games. That breaks the record set by the Cavaliers in 2016 in the semis against Atlanta. But Klay (Thompson) went for 30 and he’s now had six postseason games where he’s had at least eight 3-pointers, that’s the most in NBA history.”