LaMarcus Aldridge scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Golden State Warriors 103-90 in Game 4 of their first-round NBA playoff series on Sunday at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.
Manu Ginobili added 16 points, five assists and three rebounds in 25 minutes off the bench for the Spurs, who never trailed.
Kevin Durant paced the Warriors with 34 points, while Draymond Green posted nine points, 18 rebounds and nine assists.
The Warriors struggled to find an offensive rhythm and committed 16 turnovers, six of which came in the first four minutes, three seconds of the game. Four of those six early turnovers were due to bad passes.
The Spurs seemingly couldn’t miss from beyond the three-point arc, as they hit 15 of their 28 shots from downtown on the afternoon. The most notable of those 15 makes was a bank-shot three-pointer from Aldridge to give the Spurs a 93-86 lead with just over four minutes left.
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It was an impressive win for the Spurs, especially considering how difficult the week has been for the team. Erin Popovich, who was married to Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich for four decades, died Wednesday after a prolonged illness.
“You have got to give them a lot of credit,” Golden State forward Draymond Green said. “They came out and they probably played with more intensity this game than they did the entire series.”
“I smiled when he made that corner 3 right in front of us at the end of the game,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. “It was just so typical Manu. Forty years old and 16 points and hits the clinching 3. He’s Manu. That’s what he does.”
Golden State will host San Antonio for Game 5 on Tuesday. The Warriors lead the best-of-seven series 3-1 and can advance to the conference semifinals against the New Orleans Pelicans with a victory.