OAKLAND -- Replay shows like the spectacular, so it was no surprise that highlights of the Warriors' 100-91 Game 2 playoff win over San Antonio on Wednesday heavily featured Stephen Curry's first-quarter three-point shot, which he buried shooting off one leg.

But Curry's biggest shots in the fourth quarter came from inside the 3-point line, and a couple of them from inside the key, as he elected to penetrate to the basket instead of firing from long range. In particular, his driving scoop shot with 3:58 to play was critical in staving off the Spurs, who had cut the lead to six.

Curry said Thursday that he's looking for driving opportunities more often as the Spurs spread the floor to cover the 3-point line and also try to defend him with bigger players like Danny Green and Kahwi Leonard.

"I can get in the lane because I think I'm quicker than those guys," Curry said. "It's just making the right play once you get in there. Sometimes they might rotate and send help, so you have to find the right outlet. Other times, it's just getting the ball on the rim somehow."

Curry noted that both Andrew Bogut and Festus Ezeli got tip-ins on his missed shots off drives.

He's taking the drives because he sees the opportunity.

"They're ball-pressuring all the way to half-court, and we have so many threats that if you pressure that far out, I have a lot of room to work with to get in the paint," he said. "I just have to continue to work on finishing. I got to the free throw line a lot because the floor was so spaced and I have a lot of lanes to attack. I thought that was huge for us in the fourth quarter to continue to get baskets."

  • The Warriors are 5-1 in playoffs games in which Draymond Green makes a 3-pointer, and the only loss came after blowing an 18-point lead in Game 1. After making one of two in Game 2 -- his lone connection with 6:40 to go was arguably Golden State's biggest fourth-quarter basket -- he is now 9 for 18 from beyond the arc in eight playoff games.

    Green is nothing if not fearless about shooting from beyond the arc, to the degree that he challenged Curry to a post-practice 3-point shooting contest that went on for five consecutive days recently. Curry was quick to note, "Draymond didn't win," but added that it said something about the rookie forward that he would even consider making such a challenge.

    Green, asked about his shootout with Curry, said there was a method to his madness.

    "It was something I wanted to do because I know in order to win against him, I have to hit every shot," he said. "So it makes you focus in on every shot and take the shots more seriously, as opposed to me just spotting up and shooting jump shots with nothing on the line. Plus, if I win, of course I get to brag that I beat Steph Curry in a 3-point shootout."

    So how close did he come?

    "One day he beat me, I missed my last shot and he made it," Green said. "That was my one chance to beat him and he was actually off that day. He won by that one bucket. But every other day, he beat me really bad."

  • Curry and Klay Thompson both believe fatigue could play a factor in the outcome of the series. Curry played 58 minutes in the double-overtime Game 1. "It's so important to take advantage of the down time between games," Curry said. "I played 101 minutes in the first two games, so you just try to get fresh. I'm still young, so hopefully it won't take too much of a toll."

    Thompson believes the Warriors' youth element may be showing in the results. "Playing these games every other day is benefiting us," he said. "We're able to do that because we're so young, better than a team like San Antonio, which probably could use the rest. We have to use it to our advantage."

  • Curry on making the cover of Sports Illustrated: "I was a little small face about the size of a dime in college for their preseason preview once. But to have a Warrior uniform on with a sea of yellow behind you, it's pretty special. It's something to remember this whole playoff run when it's all over."