The Golden State Warriors completed a sweep of the San Antonio Spurs, 129-115, Monday, May 22, 2017, to move on to the NBA Finals. The contest took place at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. The Spurs were, again, without star guard Kawhi Leonard, who is out with an ankle injury.
The Warriors came out of the locker room shooting very well. Conversely, the Spurs were very cold in the first half of the period. San Antonio made only 3 of 16 shots from the field in the first six minutes. They fell behind early, and the first quarter ended with the Warriors ahead 31-19.
Golden State continued the excellent shooting in the second quarter. San Antonio picked up the pace but had no answer for the Warriors scoring. The Spurs closed to within eight to trail 40-32, with 7:29 left. The Warriors answered with an 11-0 run and led, 51-32, at the 4:50 mark. The half ended with Golden State leading 65-51.
The second half began with the Warriors extending their lead to, as many as, 22 points, 78-56, with 8:25 remaining. The Spurs fought back valiantly, and cut the lead to 10; 85-75, with 2:45 left. Golden State answered with a 10-0 run to lead by 20 points. The quarter ended with the Warriors leading 96-78.
The Spurs continued to scratch and claw against the Warriors in the final stanza but could not stop the high-scoring of Golden State. Though San Antonio won the fourth quarter, it was not enough for a victory. Without Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker, they were simply outmanned.
This may have been the final game for 15-year veteran and star Manu Ginobili. At 39, he is the second-oldest player in the NBA. The crowd acknowledged him with a standing ovation. They also paid tribute to Warriors Stephen Curry when he left the game with 2:25 remaining.
The Spurs were led by Kyle Anderson with 20 points, followed by Ginobili with 15 points.
The Warriors high-scorer was Stephen Curry, with 36 points and Kevin Durant, who had 29 points. Golden State will make a third straight NBA finals appearance. They are a perfect 12-0 in the playoffs.
The Warriors now await the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Cleveland Cavaliers lead that series, 2-1, over the Boston Celtics.
Written By D.T. Osborn
Edited by Cathy Milne
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