Golden State Warriors fail to sweep Spurs after intense fourth quarter

Golden State Warriors Ja Vale McGee watches as Stephen Curry center jokes with Zaza Pachulia right during the second half of Game 3 of the team's first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs in San Antonio Thursday April 1

Golden State Warriors Ja Vale McGee watches as Stephen Curry center jokes with Zaza Pachulia right during the second half of Game 3 of the team's first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs in San Antonio Thursday April 1

And because of that, the Warriors will have to play at least one more game in a series that they should have been wrapped up in drama-free fashion Sunday. "I think he's on track". But they rebounded in the fourth quarter, outscoring the defending champions by seven points to secure their first win of the series.

The Spurs were the aggressors from the get-go and never trailed in a game that had only four ties. But how did they take Game 4 from the Warriors in the first place? He had been hot going into this game, being the Warriors leading scorer twice in the team's first 3 games.

Experiencing a flashback to his days playing for Messina in the Euroleague in his early 20s, the 40-year-old Ginobili scored 10 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter to help San Antonio beat the Golden State Warriors 103-90.

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

And to think, the Warriors sounded mindful the Spurs would play with emotion as coach Gregg Popovich handed off coaching duties to Ettore Messina for the second consecutive playoff game so he could grieve over his wife, Erin, passing away this week.

Golden State holds a 3-1 series lead against the San Antonio Spurs and the New Orleans Pelicans await in round two of the playoffs.

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

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Kevin Durant had 34 points for Golden State, but the rest of the team struggled to put the ball through the rim efficiently and the Warriors will have to win a game back home to close out the series.

"The feeling in the last quarter was great because we were all doing good and we were all fired up". "You shake their hands and congratulate them on their way to a possible championship and go home happy".

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. San Antonio shot 53.6 percent from beyond the arc in Game 4, making 15 of 28 attempts. "I took it with confidence", Aldridge said. It hit glass and I was like, well, it's about time that we had these breaks. "We probably are in a better situation emotionally and hopefully it fuels us".

Aldridge banked in a 3-pointer with 4:22 remaining to stop the Warriors' run. Ginobili (3/5), Murray (3/4), Patty Mills (3/7) each hit three three-pointers and Green (2/5) had two.

Dejounte Murray found his shooting touch for the Spurs. Durant led Golden State's first-half scoring with 12 points.

Then the Warriors would make a push of their own push - it always felt like it was a homework assignment they were procrastinating - typically in the third quarter, and often enough, they'd flip the game in their favor. Though Klay's shooting was a significant issue, all of the starters except McGee shot poorly, and so the bigger issue in my view was that the ball wasn't moving, and the Warriors weren't manufacturing points the way they do best. Thompson missed four of his first five shots, which included an airballed mid-range jumper. 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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