Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
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Warriors, Rockets on brink of West final

Warriors, Rockets on brink of West final

The Golden State Warriors are on the verge of securing a fourth consecutive spot in the Western Conference Finals after a dominant win over the New Orleans Pelicans in game four of their semi-final series.

Golden State's starting five on Sunday - some call it "The Death Lineup" because of how opponents tend to succumb against it, others prefer "Hamptons Five" because Curry, Thompson, Iguodala and Green were the players who went to the Hamptons two summers ago in an effort to lure Durant to the Warriors - was absolutely dominant. It proved to be the right combination.

The first quarter concluded with the Warriors ahead 37-22.

Anthony Davis led the Pelicans with 26 points, but his performance wasn't exactly sharp.

The Warriors realize the Pelicans are not the 2015 team they steamrolled. Raul Neto, Daunte Exum, and Derrick Favors were the only bench contributors in terms of scoring, as the three of them were able to muster 23 points altogether.

Their offense as a whole looked incredibly fluid with their selfless ball movement. Flying to close out on an Ingles' 3-pointer in the second quarter, P.J. Tucker raked the Jazz sharpshooter across the face and earned a Flagrant 1.

The Warriors (now with KD) and KD (now with the Warriors) won't blow a 3-1 lead. They held onto a 61-54 lead after the first half. And he applauded Durant's defensive engagement in this game, which was several notches tuned up from the lackadaisical defense Durant-and, to be fair, the entire team-showcased in Game 3. This was the first time ever that this extremely offensive "mega death" lineup started a game together, and Kerr's decision-paired with an extremely aggressive Durant-made all the difference early in the game to get the Warriors ahead, never again to look back.

Capela continued his series-long domination of Jazz centre Rudy Gobert, posting 12 points, 15 rebounds, six blocks and two steals. Davis led the Pelicans with 24 points after three quarters.

The Warriors head back to the Bay area with a 3-1 series lead and are scheduled to host the Pelicans on Tuesday. A lot of that had to do with Kevin Durant, who was often unstoppable and finished the game with 38 points on 15-of-27 shooting.

Pelicans star Anthony Davis put up 26 points and 12 rebounds and was a flawless 10 for 10 from the free-throw line. "That's just how we're going to have to be". We discussed this after Game 3, that his stocks' total shows how active he is. He scored 10 points in those games, though none of that mattered much to the Celtics.

The Jazz are allowing the third-lowest field goal percentage of the eight teams in the Conference Semifinals.

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