Tuesday 20 February 2018 / 10:50 PM


The Golden State Warriors are the first team through to the 2017 NBA Finals, downing the San Antonio Spurs 129-115 at AT&T Center to complete a 4-0 Western Conference Finals sweep – breaking a few records in the process.

The Warriors became the first team to start their playoffs campaign 12-0, after also disposing of the Trail Blazers and Jazz without dropping a game.

The visitors led by 12 at the end of the first quarter and cruised thereafter, never looking in danger of being run down by the depleted Spurs.

Steph Curry starred with 36 points – including five three-pointers, taking his series tally to 21, a record for a four-game series. Meanwhile, Kevin Durant had 29 points on 10-for-13 shooting and 12 rebounds in another dominant display.

The Warriors now enjoy a lengthy break before competing in their third straight Finals, with the Cleveland Cavaliers leading the Boston Celtics 2-1 over in the East and expected to win through to a mouth-watering rematch of the seven-game 2016 Finals.

The loss marked the end of Manu Ginobli’s decorated NBA career. The 39-year-old Argentine legend racked up 15 points and seven assists in his final game, leaving behind a Spurs legacy that includes four championships.

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CBS’s Editor-in-Chief and lead rugby league, union and cricket writer, Will is a Christchurch-based freelancer, also writing for Big League and Rugby League Review magazines, and The New Daily website. Will has written four rugby league books.

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