Star baseman Stephen Curry once again led the Golden State Warriors’ attack by getting 30 points that helped them beat home to a 95-121 win over the Utah Jazz in Game 4 of the Conference semifinals West.
The win allowed the Warriors to sweep the 4-0 series to the best of seven to make it to the finals and remain undefeated in the playoff competition after overcoming in the first round, also 4-0 to the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Warriors join the Cleveland Cavaliers, the current champions, who are already in the Eastern Conference finals with a perfect 8-0 and waiting to meet rival who will leave the duel of the semifinals that lead the Celtics Of Boston before the Wizards of Washington (2-2).
Also the Golden State team will have to wait to meet the winner of the San Antonio Spurs’ semi-final series and the Houston Rockets, which is currently tied 2-2.
The Warriors, defending the Western Conference championship title, reach the finals for the third consecutive season, and set the team’s mark with the undefeated 8-0.
If the Warriors reach the NBA Finals for the third consecutive season it will be the first time they do in the team’s history.
Curry, who also had seven assists and five rebounds after scoring 4 of 10 three-pointers, was supported by four other Warriors players who achieved double-digit numbers, including guard Klay Thompson who completed the best match so far Playoffs by getting 21 goals.
While star forward Kevin Durant reached 18 points and power forward Draymond Green returned to be the Warriors’ best man in the indoor game and the most complete by bringing in 17-pointers, 11 assists, 10 rebounds –Nine Defensive -, and recovered two balls.
Under the direction of interim coach Mike Brown, who replaces incumbent Steve Kerr in the job, is down because of problems with spinal fluid leakage, the Warriors started the game overwhelmingly with a 17-39 , In the first quarter after Thompson and Curry combined for 6 baskets of 8 attempts, and there they finished all the options of triumph of Jazz.
Curry met the average he had scored in all seven previous playoff games (26.7 points), but Thompson had not played well against the Jazz.
Everything changed in the game that defined the Warriors classification and Thompson claimed his status as a key player in the Warriors’ offensive gear.
The Jazz, with the loss of the base George Hill, returned to be a equipment that lacked consistency and the 25 points contributed by forward Gordon Hayward, besides five rebounds, three assists and two recoveries of ball, were not enough to the Time to avoid defeat and elimination.
Shelvin Mack escaped to 18 points, which left him the second highest scorer of the Jazz, while the Australian base Dante Exum was the sixth man of the Jazz who scored 15 points.
French pivot Rudy Gobert also claimed leadership in the indoor game by bringing double-double of 12 points, 13 rebounds and a cap.
The Brazilian reserve base played 12 minutes with the Jazz and scored four points by scoring 1 of 2 field shots, missed a three-pointer, and scored 2-2 from the lineup.
Neto, in his second year as an NBA professional, also captured three rebounds, which were all defensive, lost a ball and scored two personal fouls.
The Jazz could never be in front of the marker, and they could only do it once in the four games they played, which were always under the control of the Warriors.
The Utah team made it to the playoffs for the first time after four straight years of absence and has a roster of youngsters like Hayward and Gobert, considered one of the top contenders for the Defensive Player of the Year.