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Curry and Durant put Warriors to third consecutive NBA Finals

Curry and Durant put Warriors to third consecutive NBA Finals
The offensive power formed by point guard Stephen Curry and forward Kevin Durant, combined to obtain 65 points and was the key that allowed the Golden State Warriors to win on the road 115-129 to the San Antonio Spurs in the fourth game from the Western Conference finals.
The victory ensured the Warriors a 4-0 sweep in the best-of-seven series and for the third consecutive season to qualify for the Finals of the NBA.
The Warriors, who remain undefeated in the playoff competition with a perfect 12-0 record – the first team to do so in NBA history. NBA– They will fight again for the league title and they will do it with the winner of the Eastern Conference finals that the Cleveland Cavaliers play against the Boston Celtics.
If the Finals game is against the Cavaliers, who now have a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series, it will also be the third in a row for both teams.
Curry, who contributed 36 points, including five triples, five rebounds and six assists, was once again the undisputed leader who dominated in all facets of the game and imposed his rhythm and direction, although his control of the ball was not the best with six losses.
While Durant also supported him in each of the facets of the game by getting double-double of 29 points and 12 rebounds, which left him as the best in the area.
“We have played great team basketball again and now we will see what happens when we face the champion of the East in the Finals,” said Durant, who will fight for a league title for the second time after losing the first with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
While power forward Draymond Green also did a great job in all facets of the game by contributing 16 points, eight defensive rebounds, eight assists, he also recovered two balls and lost another two.
As a team, the Warriors had 56 (48-86) percent shooting from the field and 36 (14-39) from 3-pointers, compared to 42 (41-97) and 32 (8-25), respectively. of the Spurs, who also lost the duel under the hoops with 41 rebounds to Golden State’s 53.
The Warriors, who established another team record with six consecutive road wins in the playoffs, were up to 22 points ahead on the scoreboard after going into halftime with a 15-point run (51-65).
The only time the Spurs were in the lead was early in the game when veteran Argentine guard Manu Ginobili made a shot to the basket and made it 2-0.
Precisely, Ginobili, 39, who completed his fifteenth season with Spurs, could have played the last game as a professional if he decides to retire this summer.
The Argentine international had played 55 consecutive games as a reserve until Popovich decided tonight to start.
Although Ginobili has reiterated that he still has nothing decided, he will announce his final decision in four weeks, when he has rested, the fans gave him their full support with chants of “Manu, Manu, Manu….”
Regardless of what Ginobili may decide, the fans wanted to show him all the great affection they feel for the veteran Argentine player, who has won four league titles with Spurs.
“He is an incredible competitor, much more interesting when you have him as a rival”, declared Durant when evaluating the figure of Ginobili. “He was phenomenal in this series.”
Without Spurs star forward Kawhi Leonard, who couldn’t play the third consecutive game of the tie, in addition to French guard Tony Parker, and center David Lee, the Spurs never had a chance to fight for the win.
The Spurs’ top scorer was reserve guard-forward Kyle Anderson who contributed 20 points, while Ginobili started and scored 15 points.
Ginobili played 32 minutes in which he scored 6 of 12 shots from the field, including a four-shot triple, and was perfect 2-2 from the personnel line.
The veteran Argentine shooting guard also distributed seven assists, captured a rebound, recovered three balls, lost one, committed four personal fouls, and the last basket he scored in the game was an excellent penetration.
While the Spanish pivot Pau Gasol, who could not see the goal of returning to the Finals of the NBA In his first season with the Spurs, he did a good individual and team job with 14 points and nine rebounds.
The Sant Boi player played 23 minutes in which he scored 6 of 8 shots from the field and 2-3 from the personnel line, with six of the nine rebounds that were defensive, distributed three assists and committed three personal fouls.
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