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Keys for Golden State Warriors to Beat San Antonio Spurs in Second Round
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After knocking out the Denver Nuggets in six games, the Golden State Warriors have split the first two against the San Antonio Spurs in Round 2.

While the Nuggets and Spurs are vastly different teams, the first two games against San Antonio have been surprisingly similar to the first two against Denver.

In both Game 1's, the Warriors lost a heartbreaker on a last-second shot. Both shots were hit by aging guards (Andre Miller and Manu Ginobili), and both old men used their experience to get wide open at the expense of a rookie defender (Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes).

In both Game 2's, Golden State responded to the adversity and the notion that they may have blown their best chance to "steal" a road game by seizing the next one. No steal was necessary; the Warriors were the better team and knocked off an incredibly tough home team.

Now the series shifts back to Oakland. While this was enough to lead the Warriors past Denver—the Nuggets lost all three times in Oakland—the Warriors cannot rely on their home-court advantage to carry them past the Spurs.

Here is what Golden State must do in order to beat the Spurs in what is now a five-game series.

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