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Thunder rolled by Warriors in game two

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 19/05/2016

Defending champions Golden State Warriors have levelled the NBA's Western Conference finals series at 1-1, thumping Steven Adams's Oklahoma City Thunder 118-91 in Oakland, California.

In game one, Adams played a key role in the Thunder's 108-102 upset win with 16 points 12 rebounds, his fourth straight double-double and sixth of the playoffs.

The New Zealand centre was more subdued in game two, ending up with 10 rebounds and nine points from nearly 36 minutes on court.

The Warriors attacked the offensive boards with real venom right from the outset, Adams bearing the brunt just over six minutes into the first quarter.

He was forced from the court midway through the first quarter when he ended up piggy-backing Festus Ezeli after hauling in a defensive rebound.

It wasn't long before he returned but with Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and league MVP Stephen Curry running hot from beyond the paint, the Warriors went into the first break with a 27-20 lead.

Oklahoma battled back in the second spell to level at 49-49, only to see the Warriors embark on a 7-0 scoring run in the last 90 seconds to take a 57-49 lead into the main break.

Things didn't improve after the restart, with Curry unstoppable in collecting 17 points, including three three-pointers as the Warriors blasted out to an 88-68 lead at the three-quarter mark.

Curry led the Warriors' onslaught with 28 points, shooting five from eight from the three-point line, with six other players also making double figures.

For the Thunder, forward Kevin Durant stood tall with 29 points, six rebounds and eight turnovers while guard Russell Westbrook was the only other player to make double figures with 16 points to go with 12 assists.

Game three of the best-of-seven series is at Oklahoma City's Chesapeake Energy Arena home court on Monday (NZT).

The series winners play either the Toronto Raptors or the Cleveland Cavaliers, with the Cavaliers leading the Eastern Conference finals after a massive 115-84 win on Wednesday.

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