The Golden State Warriors are heading to the second round of the post-season in the Western Conference, something that has now become common place.
The once playoff starved franchise defeated the Spurs 99-91 Tuesday evening at Oracle Arena in a clinching Game 5. Golden State finished up the series 4-1 over the Spurs and will now take on the red hot New Orleans Pelicans.
Leading the way for the Warriors was Kevin Durant, as the 29-year old small forward from Washington, DC had a team high 25 points while pulling down six rebounds and passing out five assists for the game.
The Warriors, 10/19 to win the Western Conference, made quick work of the Spurs without the help of star Stephen Curry.
The 30 year old point guard out of Akron, Ohio is expected to return to the lineup sometime during the second round with New Orleans.
Draymond Green was key down the stretch, as the 28-year old power forward from Saginaw, Michigan had 17 points while pulling down 19 rebounds and passing out seven assists for a double-double for the game.
LaMarcus Aldridge led the way for San Antonio, as the 32-year old power forward from Dallas, Texas had a game high 30 points while grabbing 12 rebounds and dishing out four assists for a double-double for the contest.
Game 1 of the Western Conference second round will be on Saturday at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. How Golden State deals with Anthony Davis will be a key for the next series.
The Warriors are 10/19 to win the NBA title with the Pelicans 4999/1 and the Boston Celtics are priced at 999/1.
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