SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Jonathan Kuminga and Jordan Poole every had 18 factors and the Golden State Warriors received their fourth straight, beating the San Antonio Spurs 100-94 on Saturday night time to strengthen their hopes for a top-three seed regardless of being with out Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.
Poole completed 3 for 19 from the sector however made all 11 free throw makes an attempt, together with eight within the fourth quarter. He additionally had eight assists and solely two turnovers in 34 minutes.
“He was laboring out there,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr mentioned. “I was really proud of him. There are going to nights like that in this league for guys who handle the ball and have that kind of responsibility and score a lot of points. There are nights when the ball doesn’t go in the hoop and it’s just so important to keep playing and keep fighting. I thought he made huge plays down the stretch.”
Golden State is a sport forward of Dallas within the Western Conference and might safe the third seed with a victory Sunday at New Orleans within the season finale. If the Warriors lose, and the Mavericks beat the Spurs on Sunday, Dallas will end third after going 3-1 in its season collection with Golden State.
San Antonio will end tenth within the Western Conference and should journey to ninth-seeded New Orleans for the opener of the play-in event Wednesday.
Lonnie Walker IV had 24 factors to guide the Spurs. Walker was the one San Antonio participant in double figures by way of the primary 39 minutes. Tre Jones completed with 15 factors, Josh Primo had 14 and Josh Richardson added 10.
After the Spurs pulled inside two factors with two minutes remaining, Poole made a pair of free throws with 47.9 seconds to place Golden State up 98-94 remaining after Jones missed a working layup.
“Draymond was great tonight,” Kerr mentioned. “I thought he was the best player on the floor. His energy, his rebounding, his distribution of the ball. His energy was great. He just came out ready to play.”
Those absences led to a low-scoring affair with the groups combining to attain 44 factors within the opening quarter. The Spurs scored 36 factors within the first quarter of every of their three earlier video games towards the Warriors.
After trailing by as many as 17 factors, the Spurs closed to 78-71 on a 3-pointer by Primo as time expired within the third quarter. A 3-pointer by rookie ahead Joe Wieskamp and a 15-foot jumper by Primo reduce the Warriors’ result in 86-84 with 6 1/2 minutes remaining.
Primo completed 5 for 13 from the sector.
“Definitely had a tough stretch, a tough first half,” Primo mentioned. “Had trouble getting it going. Had some turnovers early, but I just had to keep my head. The team is really good about telling me to keep my confidence.”
Fellow rookie Kuminga additionally had a standout sport for the Warriors, ending 6 for 8 from the sector.
“Just coming out there whenever your name gets called,” Kuminga mentioned. “Go out there and contribute and help your team to get the win. I think that’s what it’s all about.”
Warriors: Golden State sat Thompson for the fourth straight sport as a part of the harm administration for his proper Achilles’ tendon, which he had surgical procedure on in November 2020. Thompson was crisply understanding and taking pictures previous to the sport with no discomfort. … Curry stays out with a sprained left foot. The two-time MVP has not performed since struggling the harm March 16 towards Boston.
Spurs: San Antonio honored former proprietor Red McCombs through the sport’s first trip. McCombs was member of the unique possession that purchased the ABA’s Dallas Chapparals and introduced them to San Antonio in 1973. He offered his curiosity within the Spurs in 1978 and later owned the Denver Nuggets from 1982 to 1985. McCombs returned to the Spurs in 1988 to turn into the crew’s majority proprietor at a time when the franchise’s future in San Antonio was in query. … Murray sat out for reconditioning after lacking 4 consecutive video games with a non-COVID-19 upper-respiratory sickness.
CURRY ON TRACK
The Warriors are nonetheless anticipating Curry to have the ability to play when the playoffs open. Curry won’t play in Sunday’s finale as he continues to rehabilitate a sprained left foot.
“I don’t know over the last couple of days (how Curry is progressing), but everything up until two days ago, the last time that I talked to him, everything has been on schedule,” Kerr mentioned. “And since I haven’t heard from them, I assume it’s still (on schedule).”
Warriors: At New Orleans on Sunday night time.
Spurs: At Dallas on Sunday night time.