Durant Leads Warriors Over Spurs:
The Golden State Warriors have defeated the San Antonio Spurs for the second straight postseason, this time in the First Round. Golden State was led by Kevin Durant, who scored 25 points on 42.1 percent shooting. He also added six rebounds and five assists. Durant scored 10 of the final 16 points in the 99-91 win in Game 5. Klay Thompson came up big as well, dropping 24 points on 50.0 percent shooting from the field. Draymond Green added a playoff career-high 19 rebounds to go along with 17 points and seven dimes. San Antonio made a late comeback which was fueled by 30 points from Lamarcus Aldridge.
But it wasn’t enough to take down the defending champions. Patty Mills, Rudy Gay, and Manu Ginobili all reached double digits for the Spurs, combining for 38 points. Tony Parker only clipped four points in 14 minutes. It might be the final game prior to retirement for the 2007 NBA Finals MVP. As for the Warriors, they have won 12 of their last 13 series’ and have gone 8-1 against the Spurs in the last two playoffs. Golden State is now headed to the Western Conference Semifinals for the fourth consecutive year and will be looking for another berth in the Western Conference Finals and beyond.
A lot of their future rests in the hands of two-time MVP Stephen Curry. He’s been dealing with injuries throughout the year. The Warriors are simply a better and more dynamic team when Curry is on the court. If he’s available to play, the Warriors are once again the title favorites. Without him? Who knows. They could realistically lose to the New Orleans Pelicans. Golden State will meet the Pelicans in Round 2, and will have to deal with Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday. The series will begin on Saturday, April 28th, and will be at Oracle Arena. The Warriors were 3-1 against New Orleans this season and swept the Pelicans in the opening round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs.
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