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The Golden State Warriors may not have ended the regular season in great form but they've returned to their best to begin the playoffs as they already have one foot in the second round.

The defending champions lead the San Antonio Spurs 2-0 in their first-round series after a 116-101 win at Oracle Arena on Monday night to successfully defend home court.

Klay Thompson proved to be one of the deciding factors in game two as he posted 31 points on 12-of-20 shooting.

He scored 16 of his points in the fourth quarter as he got hot late in the game.

Thompson was particularly prolific from downtown as he drained five three-pointers on the night.

Having played together for so many years, Klay and teammate Stephen Curry know enough about each other's jump shots and when they're likely to go in.

Curry displayed this during the win over the Spurs in hilarious fashion.

When Kevin Durant found a wide-open Thompson with a perfect cross-court pass in the first half, Steph was already off his seat and celebrating the three-point basket before it even went in.

He just knew it was going in and didn't even bother to look as he turned to face his teammates on the bench and the Warriors crowd with his arms raised in anticipation.

His Splash Brother didn't disappoint him as he connected with a beautiful swish.

Curry is expected to miss the entire first round series but the champs seem to be coping well without him.

Kevin Durant led the team offensively as he put up 32 points and helped to carry the load without the two-time MVP in the lineup.

San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors - Game Two

Replacing their superstar point guard is impossible but Golden State used all of their offensive firepower to make up for his absence.

"No one can make up Steph's contributions individually," Thompson said, per ESPN. "That's got to be done as a team and even then it's hard with the way he can shoot the ball."

Klay has found his touch after recovering from a broken right thumb that forced him to miss two weeks in March.

In the two wins over San Antonio, he's shooting 23-of-33 from the field and 10-of-14 from beyond the arc.

San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors - Game Two

The shooting guard is in a real groove at the moment and Spurs veteran Manu Ginobili, who was given the thankless task of guarding the 27-year-old on occasions, praised him for his shot-making ability.

"Ridiculous shots. Doesn't even turn to see the rim," he said, per Anthony Slater of The Athletic.

The Warriors will look to complete a sweep over the Texas-based outfit for the second consecutive year as the series shifts to San Antonio on Thursday night.

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Topics:
Pacific Division
Western Conference
NBA
Kevin Durant
Oklahoma City Thunder
Northwest Division
Klay Thompson
Golden State Warriors
Stephen Curry

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