Spurs rout James Harden, Rockets 114-75 to win series

Jonathan Hernandez
May 14, 2017

San Antonio ruined Kevin Durant's first game with the Warriors with a 129-100 romp on opening night, then rolled to a 107-85 victory on March 11 when Golden State rested Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala. But it now comes down to the two teams everyone predicted would be here.

We're talking about the Spurs. The Warriors have been watching too.

They swept the Portland Trail Blazers 4-0 in the first round and did the same to the Utah Jazz, featuring Australians Joe Ingles and Dante Exum, in the second round. Upgrading the defensive depth would be a good start.

Boston led by as many as 26 points, negating Washington's physicality by spreading the floor and knocking down 16 3-pointers.

We all know what happened next. Wednesday marked only the third time Bradley has scored 20 or more points in a playoff game. That's the only thing we can do and we will do it.

Who: San Antonio Spurs vs.

The Spurs have faced a different kind of challenge to get to this point. Coach Gregg Popovich, meanwhile, sounded playful beyond that. "Maybe he does need to take a game off here and there".

What the world didn't know going into game six, was that James Harden also wouldn't show up to play, at least not mentally. We've been really good at bouncing back.

The Spurs know that all too well, which is why at times Thursday night they used a lineup with a backup point guard (Patty Mills), a big who rarely saw the floor for Golden State two years ago due to injuries (David Lee), a forward nicknamed "Slo-Mo" (Kyle Anderson), an undrafted wing who made the National Basketball Association after plucking down a $150 registration fee at a D-League tryout (Jonathon Simmons) and a rookie point guard who played just 38 minutes in the regular season (Dejounte Murray). "Every guy on the team puts in extra time to be ready to play".

"That's Pop", Brown said with a laugh.

They had to go up against him in last year's Western Conference finals; they are happy to force the Spurs to have to deal with him now.

They'd seen clips from their 39-point pounding by the Spurs.

Last night was perhaps the ugliest loss in franchise history.

Curry, Thompson and Green are not the only current Warriors to have had success in the playoffs against the Spurs-Durant averaged 28.5 points while leading Oklahoma City to a second-round victory in six games over San Antonio just a year ago.

The Warriors' keys to success are already working in their favor.

The Warriors are fully healthy and rested entering the West Finals. The defense is dominating opponents, averaging over seven steals and seven blocks each game. "It's a building and an environment, a lot of people out there that I'm very familiar with and keep in touch with numerous guys on their team still".

They'll have some money to play with, up to $10.8 million if they renounce their cap holds and exceptions, according to spotrac.com.

The Warriors and Spurs met three times in the regular season, with the Warriors losing the first two. And they will throw all they have at the Warriors.

October 25 in Oakland: The Spurs spoiled opening night for the Warriors, as well as Kevin Durant's debut with his new team, rolling to a 129-100 rout at Oracle Arena.

Rahul Lal is an LA native stuck in a lifelong, love-hate relationship with the Lakers, Dodgers and Raiders.

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