The Golden State Warriors bounced back from their game one loss in emphatic style at the Oracle Arena as they blew out the Oklahoma City Thunder by 27 points in the second encounter of the Western Conference Finals series.
After the bitter disappointment of throwing away a 13-point lead in the opening game, the Warriors seized control from the off in the Bay and were eight points up at half time. The third quarter was when the Dubs ran away with proceedings as they stamped their authority on the encounter with a 31-19 showing.
Back-to-back MVP Stephen Curry really caught fire in the third and produced a stunning two minutes of action - in fact, 1:58 (1:22 of gameplay) - as he dropped 15 consecutive points for the Bay Area franchise to stretch their lead to 20.
It started with 6:33 remaining in the quarter as Kevin Durant fouled the point guard on a three-point shot. The Oklahoma City forward was called for a technical in the aftermath and Curry went to the line for four attempts.
He nailed them all then sunk a three off a Draymond Green assist following a Durant jump shot at the other end. After an Andrew Bogut steal, the Warriors broke and Steph pulled up for a long two as his foot was on the line, before finishing off his burst with yet another three.
The run of buckets from the first unanimous MVP in NBA history was the final blow for the Thunder, who never really looked like taking anything out of game two.
However, they will return to their home court happy with the outcome of the two games in Oakland. The series is finely balanced and the Thunder will be confident of protecting their home court over the coming six days.
The Warriors were far from vintage on Wednesday night. Curry had a strong outing as he shot 60 percent from the field for his 28 points, but Klay Thompson struggled to find any sort of rhythm as he scored just 15 and shot at a 29.4 percent clip - but he was able to influence the game in other ways.
There were big performances from Festus Ezeli, Andre Iguodala and Maureese Speights off the bench as the Dubs' secondary unit heavily outperformed their opponents.
There is certainly room for the defending champions to improve; so far, they are yet to show their best form in this series and if it all comes together they are too hot for anyone to handle. The likes of Thompson, Green, and Harrison Barnes were solid without being spectacular in game two.
But the same applies to the Thunder. Their supporting cast of Steven Adams and Serge Ibaka showed their qualities in game one but were stifled in the second outing while Durant and Russell Westbrook are yet to reach their highest level.
After just two outings, this series has the making of a classic.