NBA: Golden State in final after its 4th victory against San Antonio
Kevin Durant, one of the artisans of the Golden State Warriors qualification for the NBA final against Spurs, May 22, 2017 in San Antonio
The Golden State Warriors, titled in 2015, qualified for their third consecutive NBA final after their win Monday against the San Antonio Spurs (129-115), swept 4-0.
The Warriors, led by Stephen Curry, who scored 36 points, and Kevin Durant, who scored 29, won a third consecutive sweep in the conference final, remaining on 12 playoff wins in 2017.
They overtook the Lakers, who in 1989 and 2001 had started with a series of eleven victories.
Better still, they have always exceeded the threshold of 100 points, a first in the history of the NBA.
In the final, the Warriors will be opposed to the winner of the Eastern Conference Final, the title holder Cleveland or Boston.
The Cleveland Cavaliers, who lead 2 wins to 1 against the Celtics, will have the opportunity to break on Tuesday in the 4th game they will play in their room.
For the third consecutive year, there could be a final between LeBron James’ “Cavs” and Stephen Curry’s Warriors.
Kevin Durant, who was criticized last year when he moved from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Warriors, said he was delighted to find his way back to the final.
– Ovation for Ginobili –
“It’s great to be one of the two teams in the final,” he said after the game.
With 12 rebounds and four assists, Durant also said that with Curry, they had regained their formidable deal, held back by a mid-season injury, which had kept him away from the floor for about 20 games.
“The chemistry that has developed between us is improving day by day and we will still need it, whatever our opponent in the final,” said the 28-year-old.
The Spurs are without the two executives Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker, this defeat has a bitter taste, so bad it sounds bad at the time when one of their emblematic players, Manu Ginobili, who will celebrate his 40 years in July, must decide soon if he retires or not.
Four times winner of the NBA title, he was ovated by the spectators when he came out of the field.
“I had the impression that they wanted me to retire, it is as if they had said goodbye to me,” the Argentinian, whose contract ends, That started yet and I feel I can still play.Of course I get closer to the end, there is no secret and it gets harder.But I always said I wanted to let things rest 3- 4 weeks and then discuss with my wife according to my sensations “.
“He is someone I grew up with, watching him play, an extraordinary competitor, I have only affection and respect for him,” has already knighted his opponent Kevin Durant.