Warriors Complete the Sweep
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The Golden State Warriors completed the four game sweep of the New Orleans Pelicans last night. It happened at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, the final was 109-98,Warriors . It was the first sweep for the Warriors’ franchise since the 1975 NBA Finals, when they swept the Washington Bullets.
The Warriors came out hot and never looked back in this one. After a monumental fourth quarter comeback in game three, erasing a 20 point deficit. The Dubs dominated this one from the tip. They outscored the Pelicans 67-54 in the first half, behind the great shooting from the Splash Brothers. Curry had 14 points in the first quarter, and Klay Thompson had 13 points in the second quarter.
Anthony Davis was fantastic again, but didn’t get much help outside of Pelicans guard, Eric Gordon. Gordon did have his best game of the series, finishing with 29 points, but the two-man attack was not enough to force game five. Davis finished with 36 points and 11 rebounds in his final game of the season. At only 22 years of age the future is very bright for one of the league’s most versatile players.
The difference in this game was the three point shot. Most people feel the Warriors will eventually be doomed by the amount of jump-shots they take. We have yet to see this occur. The Warriors were on target again last night, as they made 13 of 24 attempts from downtown. The Pelicans struggled from deep and made only five of 22 attempts. The Warriors even got three threes from Draymond Green, which really helped them stretch the floor, and bring the great shot blocker Anthony Davis out of the paint.
The third quarter was a major turning in this basketball game. The Pelicans had plenty of opportunities to get back in the game, but couldn’t capitalize. They only managed 13 points in the entire quarter. They played solid defense on the Warriors and held them to eight of 20 shooting in the quarter (40 %). Anthony Davis was three for three from the field in the quarter for the Pelicans, but the rest of the team was two of 15.
Player of the Game: Stephen Curry. The likely MVP had another vintage performance. After a 40 point outing in game three, the chef had 39 points in game four, along with nine assists and eight rebounds. In other words, he has been everything we have come to expect from him and then some.
Dud of the Game: Tyreke Evans. The Pelicans guard was a non-factor all night long in a must win game . In 33 minutes, he shot two of 10 from the field with only four points and 0 free throw attempts.
Stat of the Game: The Warriors “big three” combined for 86 of the 109 points scored by the Warriors. Steph had 39, Thompson had 25 and Green chipped in with 22.With the sweep, the top seeded Warriors now play the waiting game. They are very excited about the rest they earned.
The rest of the Western Conference will be much tougher than this quick series. The Warriors are eight wins away from reaching the NBA Finals. The next step will be the conference semifinals, they will face the winner of the Portland Trail Blazers and the Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizzlies lead the series 3-0 and will look to close out the Blazers on Monday night in Portland.