Steph Curry scored 36 points and the Golden State Warriors closed out the Western Conference NBA final against the injury-ravaged San Antonio Spurs with a 129-115 victory Monday night, becoming the first team in league history to start the playoffs 12-0.
Golden State led by as many as 22 points in cruising to their third straight NBA finals. The Warriors await a possible third straight championship match-up with Cleveland, who lead Boston 2-1 in the East finals.
Kyle Anderson scored 20 points to lead the Spurs, who were without Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and David Lee. Spurs didn’t go down without a fight despite the injuries. Anderson dove on the court for a loose ball that the Spurs had tipped away defensively, pushing the ball upcourt to Mills who fed Ginobili for a three-pointer that pulled San Antonio to 108-94 with seven minutes remaining. The effort made Spurs coach Gregg Popovich smile and clap at times, but the Warriors’ depth and talent proved too much for short-handed San Antonio.
Golden State shot 56% and were 14 for 39 on three-pointers. Draymond Green had 16 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Warriors.
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