The Warriors swept the Jazz on Monday night and now head to the Western Conference Finals.
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Credit the Utah Jazz for not quitting, but they ran into a Golden State buzzsaw.
The Warriors extended their franchise-best streak to eight consecutive playoff wins in one postseason, taking Game 4 on Monday 121-95 to eliminate the Jazz from the postseason.
Forward Draymond Green recorded his first triple-double of the postseason, finishing with 17 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.
“Draymond was terrific, and yes he had a triple-double and that should definitely be celebrated because that was hard earned tonight,” Warriors coach Mike Brown said. “But I thought Draymond was terrific when Utah made a run and we kind of dropped our shoulders a little bit, and we were slow getting the ball out of bounds and bringing the ball up the floor, Draymond’s pace was unbeleivebale. He forced our entire team to keep pushing the ball.”
Steph Curry had a team-high 30 points, including a devastating three-pointer late in the third quarter with the Jazz threatening.
It didn’t officially end Utah’s season, but it felt like the series was over as Curry jogged down the floor sticking his tongue out at the Jazz faithful.
The Warriors are back in the Western Conference Finals for the third consecutive season and await the winner of the San Antonio Spurs vs. Houston Rockets series, currently knotted at 2-2. That’s 11 consecutive playoff wins over Western Conference teams dating back to last year’s conference finals vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder.
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Utah got it as close as six in the third quarter thanks to strong, relentless attacking from Gordon Hayward and Shelvin Mack.
“You have to be almost perfect every possession or else they turn it into a 8-0, 9-0 run, 10-0 run,” Hayward said. “So you can’t have mental lapses against a team like this.”
Hayward finished with 25 while Mack scored 18. Rudy Gobert had 12 points and 13 rebounds.
“I think that we got a lot out of one another,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “When you go through a struggle like that, you just appreciate the minor victories and the larger ones that accumulate along the way. Without being too melodramatic, this to me is a unique season and it’s a unique group. I’ve been part of teams that have won more, I’ve been part of teams that have won less, but I’ve never had a group that has had a season like this.”
But for each bucket the resilient Jazz hit, the Warriors’ overwhelming talent found a response either from Curry, Durant or Andre Iguodala. The Warriors had 28 assists on 43 made field goals in the rout.
“You know a team is going to go on a run at some point,” Green said. “So it’s just about staying the course and understand that we don’t have to do anything spectacular to get back to where we were, and I think this team really understands that. We have the ultimate trust in each other. “
The Jazz, who shot 37.5% from the field, were hindered by the loss of PG George Hill, who missed the last three games of the series because of a toe injury.
The Jazz, not unlike what the Portland Trail Blazers experienced in the first-round vs. the Warriors, found themselves down by 24 late in the first quarter. The Warriors’ free-wheeling offense was thriving and the Jazz, on the brink of elimination, looked deflated.
But the Jazz reeled off a 14-0 run to start the second quarter and clawed their way to a 60-52 halftime deficit.
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