Golden State Warriors fail to sweep Spurs after intense fourth quarter

24 April, 2018, 05:56 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
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"I can not lie to you", said Messina, who filled in for Gregg Popovich for the second consecutive game as the Spurs coach grieves the death of his wife Erin.

Popovich and his wife Erin, 67, had been married for four decades and had two children and two two grandchildren. Lead assistant Ettore Messina led the Spurs again, but to a much different showing than in Game 3.

The Warriors had won each of the first three games of the best-of-seven series by double-digit margins, but the Spurs were in no mood to get pushed around again Sunday. They lost Game 4 by double digits, 90-103.

"He's the ultimate competitor", said LaMarcus Aldridge, who scored a team-high 22 points for the Spurs.

So San Antonio fully expected to win Game 4. They shot 38% from the field and 25% on three point shots.

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.

In this edition of the Warriors Report, we go through the Golden State Warriors Game 4 highlights from their loss against the San Antonio Spurs. But the Spurs also understand they're just the third team in the last four years to force a Game 5 with their backs against the wall while facing the Warriors, joining the Houston Rockets (2015 Western Conference finals) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (2017 NBA Finals). Then two minutes into the fourth quarter, the Warriors would roll towards a 13-5 run.

To upset the odds in Oakland they will likely need another excellent shooting performance, San Antonio nailing 53.6 per cent of their three-point attempts having gone into the game shooting just 24 percent from deep in the series.

"We moved the ball". He had been hot going into this game, being the Warriors leading scorer twice in the team's first 3 games. "Now, we have a few hours to feel good about this win, and tomorrow, we'll start thinking about Game 5". "I wouldn't necessarily say it's the backbreaker", said Green, who had nine points, 18 rebounds and nine assists. "It hit glass and I was like, 'well this is about time that we had these breaks'". The second unit came into the game and started to claw their way back into it. David West got a technical foul jumping up off the bench and running to the bike after what he thought was a bad call, but came in and knocked down a couple jumpers.

Ginobili also moved into third in National Basketball Association history in postseason 3-pointers, passing Reggie Miller with his 321st career playoff bucket from range. After Aldridge hit a 12-foot turnaround jumper to make it 98-90, Ginobili scored the game's last five points, capping the Spurs' victory with a three-pointer. This worked out in the Spurs' favor, since Mills, an aggressive defender, chased Thompson all over the court and never let him get into a shooting rhythm. "They made some shots tonight", said Kevin Durant.

Durant was asked if the Warriors were downhearted following the loss because their locker room was so quiet following their first loss in the series. 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 had only five points. And their poor first-quarter habits led the Warriors conceding they were too large for even their star-studded team to overcome.


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