Draymond Green credits Spurs after Game 4

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant

"Things happen sometimes. I said we have to come out here, play confident and take shots with confidence". "You shake their hands and congratulate them on their way to a possible championship and go home happy".

"I think he should come back two more years", Kerr said.

In what Warriors coach Steve Kerr considered a "weird game", the Warriors outrebounded the Spurs, 61-34, despite going through the motions. But more importantly, after three straight games of missing so many wide-open 3-pointers, the Spurs finally connected from distance. Korver made four 3-pointers and wound up with 18 points. Instead, the Warriors lost, 103-90, in Game 4 on Sunday in a series that will live at least for another day with a potential series-clinching Game 5 on Tuesday at Oracle Arena.

San Antonio shot 53 percent on 3-pointers after shooting just 26 percent in the opening three games. Looking completely flustered, the offense began to look uglier and uglier as time went on, nearly as if everyone forgot how to play Warriors basketball. "Tonight was their night from 3".

Ginobili was 3 for 4 in the final quarter, including making both of his 3-point attempts, and did not have a turnover in 6 1/2 minutes.

The Golden State Warriors dug themselves into an early hole to start Game 4 against the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center on Sunday, which eventually became their undoing.

The Silver and Black also got a vintage performance from 40-year-old Manu Ginobili, who scored 10 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, including his team's last five after he went down briefly with a quad contusion with 2:47 left. Thirty seconds later, Kyle Korver hit a big-time 3-pointer to put the Cavaliers up by four points, a mark the Pacers couldn't recover from.

"When we play the way we played the entire game, that's where that start catches up to you", Draymond Green said.

"Regression to the mean", explained Ginobili. "It's a good lesson for us - a good reminder - that you've got to bring it".

Ideally, playing an inferior opponent like this year's Spurs team, completing the sweep would have been the outcome. LaMarcus Aldridge and Manu Ginobili led the Spurs to victory, scoring 22 and 16 points respectively.

"You [media] ever seen a box score like this?" They took care of the basketball, patiently moved the ball around until they found an open shot, and closed out on shooters.

So was the Spurs' counterpunch a necessary reality check for this Golden State team? "The ballgame was the first quarter", Livingston said, later specifying: "The first five minutes".

The San Antonio Spurs aren't done just yet. While Durant scored proficiently (34 points) without efficiency from the field (12-of-28) and 3-point range (4-of-13), Klay Thompson almost disappeared altogether ) 12 points on 4-of-16 shooting). The second unit came into the game and started to claw their way back into it. David West got a technical foul jumping up off the bench and running to the bike after what he thought was a bad call, but came in and knocked down a couple jumpers.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Spurs, but they were willed to the finish by Ginobili, who has said he will decide in the offseason if he will return for a 17th season. They are a proud franchise, and they were definitely not going to just roll over and concede a series sweep.

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