Warriors Dispose of Spurs, 129-115
By Juan Carlos Blanco
The Golden State Warriors defeated the San Antonio Spurs, 129-115, at AT & T Center on Monday night in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals. The Warriors have won the series, 4-0 and will battle the winner of the Celtics-Cavaliers series in the Finals. They become the first team in NBA history to enter the Finals with a perfect 12-0 postseason record.
After Kawhi Leonard was declared out for a third consecutive game earlier Monday, it was tempting to assume the Spurs' elimination was inevitable. However, given the turn of events on Sunday night in Cleveland -- when a similarly short-handed Celtics squad pulled off a highly improbable upset, and on the defending champ's court, no less -- nothing was a given. The Warriors (4-0) sent the message early that they were taking nothing for granted, putting together a 31-point first quarter. The Spurs (0-4) did make matters more competitive from that point forward, but ultimately, Golden State had too much firepower at their disposal. The Warriors shot a stellar 55.8 percent overall and saw Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant combine for 65 points on 24-of-37 shooting. Meanwhile, the Spurs' top scorer came from the bench in the form of Kyle Anderson, who mustered a solid but modest 20 points. The sweep was only the third of a Spurs team in the playoffs under coach Gregg Popovich.
Curry's 36 points led the visitors, a total he supplemented with six assists and five rebounds. Durant followed with a 29-point, 12-rebound double-double that also included four assists and one block. Draymond Green filled out the stat sheet with 16 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and two steals. Klay Thompson finished with 10 points, six rebounds and one assist. Ian Clark led the bench with 12 points, two rebounds, two assists and two steal.
Anderson complemented his team-high scoring total for the Spurs with six rebounds, two assists and four steals. Manu Ginobili posted 15 points, seven assists, one rebound and three steals. Patty Mills pitched in with 14 points, four rebounds, three assists and one block. Jonathon Simmons poured in 13 points and added five rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block. Pau Gasol supplied a near double-double off the bench with 14 points, nine rebounds and three assists. Danny Green tallied nine points, four rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block, while LaMarcus Aldridge provided a modest eight points, seven rebounds and three assists over 22 minutes.
Posted on May 23, 2017 at 12:00 AM ET
Updated on May 23, 2017 at 9:19 AM ET
By Juan Carlos Blanco
The Warriors came out firing, putting together a 31-point first quarter. The Spurs had their moments, but Golden State shot a stellar 55.8 percent overall and saw Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant combine for 65 points on 24-of-37 shooting. The playoff sweep was only the third in the Gregg Popovich era.
Curry's 36 points led the Warriors. Durant followed with a 29-point, 12-rebound double-double. Draymond Green posted 16 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and two steals. Klay Thompson finished with 10 points, while Ian Clark had a bench-leading 12.
Kyle Anderson's 20 points led the Spurs. Manu Ginobili posted 15 points while Patty Mills pitched in 14. Pau Gasol supplied a near double-double off the bench with 14 points and nine rebounds. Jonathon Simmons, Danny Green and LaMarcus Aldridge provided 13, nine and eight points, respectively.
Posted on May 23, 2017 at 12:06 AM ET