Here’s what happened on day 32 of the 2017 NBA Playoffs:
GSW 129 – SAS 115, GSW wins series 4-0
The Golden State Warriors went fo’, fo’, fo’ and are returning to the NBA Finals for a third straight year.
Last season’s runners-up were always a few steps ahead of the Spurs in this game, countering multiple San Antonio runs, to come up with a sweep of their foes.
The Warriors shot 55.8 percent from the field, 35.9 percent on three’s, as they burned a Spurs team that didn’t have Kawhi Leonard for a third straight game.
Golden State led by a much as 22 points, 78-56, early in the third period, off Draymond Green charities. However, the Spurs pushed back and got within 10, 85-75, via a Bryn Forbes jumper, 2:49 left in the quarter. Unfazed, the Dubs responded with 10 unanswered points, and entered the fourth up 18, 96-78.
The Spurs cut their deficit to 13, 5:09 remaining in the game, following a pair of Pau Gasol makes at the stripe. Stephen Curry however hit back with a triple, then contributed five of his team’s next seven markers, for a 17-point advantage, 2:25 to go, 125-108. Both sides then turned to their third-stringers to mop this one up.
Curry top-scored with 36 points on 14-of-24 shooting, 5-of-13 from downtown, in addition to five rebounds and six assists. Kevin Durant added 29 markers on a 10-of-13 clip, plus 12 rebounds. Draymond Green logged 16 points, eight boards, eight dimes, and two swipes.
The Spurs started Manu Ginobili for the first time this season, though the veteran has not yet confirmed if he will be retiring or not. He still looked spry in this game at least, pumping in 15 points on 50 percent shooting with seven assists. Kyle Anderson led the Spurs with 20 points, while Patty Mills and Pau Gasol added 14 apiece.
The Warriors now get a lengthy layover, as the Finals don’t start until June 2 (PHL time).
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