Spurs hold off Warriors to avoid a series sweep

Hugh Fox
April 24, 2018

"But I think that the guys played with great heart".

While trying to overcome a fourth quarter deficit to close out the series, Steve Kerr opted to play Nick Young along with core of Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, and Klay Thompson. Though by the 4 quarter they climbed back into the game, they were not able to catch the Spurs.

Facing the possibility of going down 3-1 in the first round, the Cavaliers pulled out the win, 104-100, and sent the series back to OH for Game 5.

Although the Warriors have plenty of firepower without Curry in the lineup, they'll face a tougher test in the second round than the Kawhi-less Spurs.

The 40-year-old scored 10 of those points in the final six minutes to hold off a Warriors surge in what could be Ginobili's final home game for the franchise.

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Aldridge, Gay, Ginobili and Parker all stepped up with timely baskets, helping propel the Spurs attack forward against the stout Warriors defense.

They refused to throw in the towel despite being without coach Popovic, who is on leave following the death of his wife, Erin, and ensured the series went into Game 5 with a 103-90 win over the Warriors.

Ginobili's 3-pointer with 3:53 left in the game put the Spurs up 96-88 after Golden State had cut the Spurs lead to 88-86.

Victor Oladipo struggled for IN, scoring 17 points but shooting just 25 percent from the floor.

Aldridge banked in a 3-pointer with 4:22 remaining to stop the Warriors' run and Ginobili took over with a pair of 3-pointers in the final minutes. "You get in such a hole and then you're playing the right way, you're doing the right things, you're doing everything you need to do to get over the hump - one call doesn't go your way, one bounce doesn't go your way, one shot doesn't go your way, and that's where everything catches up to you... it's all good". By halftime, San Antonio had pushed their lead to 56-42, convincingly outplaying the reigning National Basketball Association champions minute by minute after going up by as many as 17 points.

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Shaun Livingston (10) was the only other Golden State player scoring in double figures, and Draymond Green finished with 18 rebounds, eight on the offensive end.

No, all the Warriors' Game 4 loss meant is that Golden State will have to hold another practice they can not walk through.

Asked if he saw the rim during the shot after he turned around quickly to launch it, Aldridge said: "I did but I didn't think I put enough on it". It hit glass and I was like, well, it's about time that we had these breaks.

"Let this be a lesson to us that we have to come out and take care of business", Livingston said. Ginobili (3/5), Murray (3/4), Patty Mills (3/7) each hit three three-pointers and Green (2/5) had two.

And so for almost an entire first half, the Warriors played with the same kind of complacency that plagued them periodically through the 2017-18 regular season.

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The Warriors point guard sustained the injury when teammate JaVale McGee fell on his knee while attempting to block a shot in the third-quarter of the game against the Hawks. They were 4 of 8 from beyond the arc in the opening quarter, making as many threes in one period as they had in Game 2, when they were 4 of 28. Thompson missed four of his first five shots, which included an airballed mid-range jumper.

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