Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Curry's 36 points leads Warriors to sweep Spurs, 129-115

The Golden State Warriors have advanced to the NBA Finals for the third consecutive year after sweeping the San Antonio Spurs by way of a 129-115 victory in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals on Monday.

Golden State will host Game 1 of the NBA Finals on June 1 against either Cleveland or Boston.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Golden State made sure the inevitable was unavoidable.

The Warriors became the first team in league history to open the playoffs 12-0, which provides them with a week of rest prior to their third straight finals appearance. Once they extend Curry this offseason, they'll lose a key bench component - like 2015 Finals MVP Andre Iguodala - but surely some veterans around the National Basketball Association will want to play for the league minimum to get a ring (like David West). The Cavaliers now lead the Eastern Conference finals 2-1.

Stephen Curry's 36 points and 29 from Kevin Durant helped the Oakland-based team complete a 4-0 clean sweep in their best-of-seven Western Conference finals. "When Manu Ginobili comes off the bench, it's hard for anyone to b**** about why they aren't starting, or whatever role they are in".

"We didn't score enough points", Popovich said with a blank look on his face. He said it felt as if the fans wanted him to retire, but nothing could be further from the truth.

NOTES: Golden State has won at least one road game in each of its last 14 playoff series dating back to the first round in 2013, extending a franchise record. When asked if he had more gas left in the tank, Ginobili was trademark honest.

It was one of the funniest conversations I was a part of; it went about an hour long.

The lefty shooting guard scored 15 points as the entire AT&T Center in San Antonio chanted "Ginobili!" when he was taken out of the game with less than two minutes remaining.

"He's done some great things here, and only half of us can dream to accomplish some of those things", Green said. "But at the end of the day, a win is a win, and you have to beat whoever is out there against you". San Antonio made only 3 of 16 shots from the field in the first six minutes. He only scored 8 points and had 7 rebounds.

"We won 12 games, but we had some tough ones, some good battles each series".

Then, last summer, when Durant announced that he's leaving Oklahoma City to sign with the Warriors as a free agent, Smith called it the "weakest move I've ever seen from a superstar". The 6-foot-11 forward struggled in the postseason, especially against Golden State.

Kawhi Leonard was, without a doubt, missed by San Antonio in their second game at Oracle. Popovich announced his All-Star forward would not play about two hours prior to tipoff. "Whatever I decide, it's going to be great". He will consult with his wife, Marianela, weigh the pros and cons of preparing himself for the rigors of another 82-game grind, and make what he said will be a happy choice between retiring and continuing his career. Aldridge didn't address his own personal struggles, but praised the team's effort.

The last time the Warriors Big 4 lost a game together, was on February 4th in Sacramento. "And he deserved to have that night of respect so that he really feels that we appreciate everything he's done over the years". "It's weird, it's like grandpa and grandson, but still very close".

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