Warriors put Spurs on brink of elimination

Monday, May 22, 2017

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LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Kevin Durant scored 19 of his 33 points in the third quarter Saturday as Golden State Warriors took a stranglehold lead in the NBA Western Conference finals with a 120-108 blowout of San Antonio Spurs.“I love where my game is at,” Durant said. “I work hard every day; I know what I can do in this league. I just try to put my head down and go.”

The Warriors now lead the Spurs 3-0 in the best-of-seven series, with game four set for today in San Antonio.

The victory appears to put the Warriors on a collision course to meet the mighty Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA finals.

No NBA team has ever come back to win a series after losing the first three games.

The Cavaliers were up 2-0 in their NBA semi-final series against Boston Celtics ahead of yesterday's game three. The Cavaliers have an impressive 247-192 scoring advantage against the Celtics, who lost star player Isaiah Thomas to a season-ending injury on Saturday.

Stephen Curry tallied 21 points for the Warriors, who are now a perfect 11-0 in the post-season to match the best start in NBA play-off history. They have won 26 of their past 27 games.

Curry expects to see a different Spurs team tonight.

“Game four is going to be even tougher,” he said. “It is a chance to close it out and they are going to come out swinging.”

The hosts Spurs trailed by nine points at the half in game three, and came within 69-65 two minutes into the third quarter before Golden State seized command with another incredible scoring performance.

It was the Spurs' chance to claw their way back into the series, but by the middle of the fourth quarter at AT&T Center arena, they appeared spent.

“They did a great job and competed really well,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said of Golden State. “Every time you look up, you are playing against four all-stars. We turned it over too much and we have got to make more shots.”

The Spurs' hopes were severely damaged earlier Saturday when the team announced that star forward Kawhi Leonard would not play in game three because of a sprained left ankle.

Leonard originally injured it in game five of the second round against Houston, and reinjured it in the series opener against the Warriors.




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