Warriors hold off Spurs and hold on to third seed

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Jonathan Cuminga and Jordan Poole each had 18 points and the Golden State Warriors won their fourth straight, 100-94 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night, despite being without Stephens for the top three seed. Raise your hopes. Curry and Klay Thompson.

Poole made 3 for 19 off the ground but made all 11 free throw attempts, including eight in the fourth quarter. He had eight assists and only two turnovers in 34 minutes.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said, ‘He was working hard there. “I was really proud of him. There are going to be nights in this league for guys who handle the ball and have that kind of responsibility and score a lot of points. There are nights when the ball doesn’t go into the hoop. And it’s so important to keep playing and keep fighting. I thought he made big plays under the stretch.”

Golden State is a game ahead of Dallas in the Western Conference and could be seeded third in the season finale with a win on Sunday in New Orleans. If the Warriors lose, and the Mavericks beat the Spurs on Sunday, Dallas will be in third place after going 3-1 in their season series with Golden State.

San Antonio will finish 10th in the Western Conference and travel to ninth-seeded New Orleans for the opening play-in tournament on Wednesday.

Lonnie Walker IV had 24 points to lead the Spurs. Walker was the only player from San Antonio in double digits during the first 39 minutes. Trey Jones finished with 15 points, Josh Primo added 14 and Josh Richardson added 10.

After the Spurs pulled within two points with two minutes remaining, Poole scored a pair of free throws with 47.9 seconds to top Golden State 98–94, after Jones missed a running layup.

Andrew Wiggins finished with 15 points and Draymond Green added 12 points and 13 rebounds for Golden State.

“Draymond was great tonight,” Kerr said. “I thought he was the best player on the floor. His energy, his rebounding, his delivery of the ball. His energy was great. He came out ready to play.”

While the Warriors were without their starting backcourts, the Spurs were without their entire starting lineup of Djonte Murray, Keldon Johnson, Jacob Poelt, Devin Wassell and Doug McDermott.

Those absences led to low scoring, with teams scoring 44 points in the opening quarter. Spurs scored 36 points in the first quarter of each of their last three matches against the Warriors.

After trailing by 17 points, the Spurs closed 78-71 on a 3-pointer by Primo as time went on in the third quarter. A 3-pointer by rookie forward Joe Wiskamp and a 15-foot jumper by Primo cut the Warriors’ lead to 86-84 with 6 1/2 minutes to go.

Primo scored 5 runs for 13 wickets from the ground.

“Definitely a tough stretch, a tough first half,” Primo said. “Trouble running it. Some turnovers were quick, but I just had to keep my head up. The team is really telling me to keep my confidence up.”

Fellow rookie Kuminga also had an exceptional game for the Warriors, scoring 6 for 8 from the ground.

“Whenever your name is called, I just leave,” said Kuminga. “Go out there and contribute and help your team win. I think that’s what it’s all about.”

Tip-ins

Warriors: Golden State seat Thompson for a fourth straight game as part of injury management to his right Achilles tendon, which he had surgery on in November 2020. Thompson was working out and shooting perfectly before the game without any trouble. … Curry is left with a sprain on his left leg. The two-time MVP hasn’t played since his injury against Boston on March 16.

Spurs: San Antonio honors former owner Redd McCombs during his first outing of the game. McCombs was a member of the original proprietorship that bought the Dallas Chaparrals of the ABA and brought them to San Antonio in 1973. He sold his interest in the Spurs in 1978 and later owned the Denver Nuggets from 1982 to 1985. McCombs returned to Spurs in 1988. He became the majority owner of the team at a time when the future of the franchise in San Antonio was in question. … Murray sat outside for reconditioning after missing four games in a row with a non-COVID-19 upper-respiratory illness.

curry on the track

The Warriors still hope that Curry will be able to play when the playoffs open. Curry will not play in Sunday’s finale as he continues to rehabilitate a sprained left leg.

“I don’t know how[Curry is doing]the past few days, but until two days ago, the last time I spoke to her, everything was on time,” Kerr said. “And since I haven’t heard from them, I think it’s still (at the time).”

next

Warriors: Sunday night in New Orleans.

Spurs: Sunday night in Dallas.

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