San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich says his team felt sorry for themselves and lacked the belief they could beat the Golden State Warriors after losing star forward Kawhi Leonard to an ankle injury.

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VIDEO Aussie Patty Mills and his Spurs have their backs to the wall in the NBA western conference final series. Source: 7 Sport Australian NBA finals hopes fade

The Warriors demolished the Spurs 136-100 in Oakland, California, on Tuesday to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven NBA Western Conference Finals series.

Game three is in San Antonio on Saturday.

Australian starting point guard Patty Mills had a forgettable game, missing four of his six shots for five points, while All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge was also quiet with eight points.

Warriors acting head coach Mike Brown heaped praise on his guard Klay Thompson for the defensive job on Mills.

Brown said nullifying the streak shooting of the always moving Australian was one of the keys to the series.

"You're not going to stop a guy like Patty, especially in offence with the way he moves and all that, but you just want him to try to take as tough shots as you can," Brown said.

"I just give Klay a lot of credit.

"Patty Mills is tough to chase around and Klay is trying to chase him and get help from his team-mates, but that's work.

"It takes a lot out of you."

Popovich said the Spurs were "feeling sorry for themselves" after the controversial loss of Leonard, injured in Sunday's game one when he landed on the foot of Warriors' centre Zaza Pachulia in what the coach deemed a dangerous and unsportsmanlike play.

"I think we may have felt it too much - Kawhi being gone," Popovich said.

"As I watched I don't think they believed.

"You have to believe.

"I don't think as a group they really did."

The Spurs are hoping Leonard, with four days rest, will be ready to play game three.

The Warriors took control from the opening seconds.

At the end of the first quarter they were up by 17 points and by halftime held a commanding 72-44 lead.

Both coaches benched their starters for most of the fourth quarter.

The Warriors' shot an impressive 56 per cent from the field and 49 per cent from behind the three point line, with Stephen Curry leading the way with 29 points.

Thompson had 11 points.

The Spurs shot just 37 per cent from the field and 35 per cent attempting three-pointers.

Pachulia ironically suffered a third quarter heel injury from landing awkwardly on a dunk and had to leave the game.

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