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Golden State Warriors advance to NBA Finals after 12th straight playoff win

25 May 2017

The Cavaliers lead their series against the Celtics 2-1. The Cavaliers now lead the Eastern Conference finals 2-1. The NBA Finals begins June 1 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif.

Following the Warriors' 120-108 win over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals on Saturday, Durant said, "If you don't like it, don't watch it", in reference to those who feel this year's playoffs haven't been competitive, per's Chris Haynes. Draymond Green scored 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.

The Warriors swept the Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz and San Antonio Spurs, although the Spurs played without star forward Kawhi Leonard after he injured his ankle in Game 1, an injury that turned the series around.

Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge closed out a disappointing series with his second eight-point effort against the Warriors. They are the first team in National Basketball Association history to sweep all the way into the Finals, but perhaps the lack of adversity and resistance could come back to bite them if they do happen to match up against a hungry James and his refocused Cavaliers.

Still, Golden State coach Mike Brown knows better execution is critical in the finals.

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"(Being) 12-0 is great, but it doesn't mean anything going into the next series, and we understand that", Curry said.

It was also an up-and-down postseason for Ginobili, who didn't score in the first four games he played but finished with three vintage performances in his last four games.

"Our chemistry is getting better and better and we're going to need it even more, whoever we play in the Finals", Durant said.

Mills and Ginobili have become two of San Antonio's most beloved players. "I think we've been doing a great job of that". "You were better than us.' It's the easiest thing to do".

Kyle Anderson led the Spurs with 20 points from the bench.

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With the end a possibility for the 39-year-old Ginobili, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich put his veteran in the starting lineup for the first time this campaign.

The effort made Popovich smile and clap at times, but the Warriors' depth and talent proved too much for short-handed San Antonio.

"They're in a groove", Spurs big man Pau Gasol told Bay Area News Group after they lost 129-115 on Monday night.

He likely will make up for the 2012 disappointment with the Oklahoma City Thunder when they succumbed in five games to James and the Heat.

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