Golden State Warriors survive Curry scare to claim impressive game two win

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After surviving an early Steph Curry scare, the Golden State Warriors levelled up their Western Conference Finals series against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night with a convincing 118-91 win.

The two-time MVP left the Oracle Arena crowd with their collective hearts in mouths in the first quarter when, with his team up 22-16, he dove into the stand in an attempt to rescue a loose ball. 

Fortunately for GSW, Curry escaped with only a bruise to his elbow and, scoring 28 points in total, was able to lead the reigning champions to a crucial 27 point win.

15 of Curry's 28 points came in a crucial two-minute stretch of the third quarter that saw the Warriors pull away from the Thunder and establish a lead they wouldn't surrender. 

The diminutive point guard finished the game five-of-eight from three-point range and added three assists on the night. 

Six other members of the Warriors roster scored in double figures, including Klay Thompson (15 points, four assists), Andre Iguodala (14 points, three rebounds) and Draymond Green (10 points, eight rebounds).

The win means the Warriors are now a perfect 12-0 in games following a defeat and they only trailed once on the night - by a single point in the second quarter.

For Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant's game-high 29 points weren't enough to secure back-to-back wins. With just six of them coming in the second half, he and his Thunder teammates struggled to keep up with the scoring pace of the Warriors as the game went on.

It was also the first time in five matchups between the two teams this season that the Western Conference third seeds had allowed Golden State to out-rebound them - the reigning champions grabbing 45 boards compared to OKC's 36.

Aside from Durant, Russell Westbrook was the only other Thunder player to score more than nine points on Wednesday night. The 2016 All-Star MVP finished the game with a 16 point, 12 assist double-double but shot just five-of-14 from the field.

Both teams will have slight concerns about their big men after a difficult night for both Andrew Bogut and Steven Adams. Still dealing with a groin injury, Bogut was limited to just 15 minutes and four points. Adams, meanwhile, spent time in the locker room with a back issue.

The series now moves to Oklahoma City with game three set for Sunday night. 

The Thunder still hold home court advantage with the series at 1-1, but the Warriors will be looking to build on an impressive game two victory to re-take the initiative.

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