Golden State Warriors advance to 4th consecutive WCFs


The three sharpshooters combined for 75 of the Warriors' 113 points. Updates with Curry, Green quotes.

With his team leading 3-1 in the series, Green chose to have a bit of fun in Game 5 against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Often, the best series in the National Basketball Association playoffs come before the Finals.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Stephen Curry is back doing everything with fire, flair and without fear after impatiently spending nearly a month and a half on the sidelines.

Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson (11) grabs a rebound in the first quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference semifinals against the New Orleans Pelicans at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. "You see when you let the dog off the leash what happens". The Bulls did so from April 27, 1990 to May 21, 1991. Like I've said before, all that stuff is cool. Whoever is in the way of that goal, then we got to see you. He played 37 minutes in the clincher and the entire fourth quarter.

The Western Conference Finals will begin May 14 with Game 1 taking place at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

But how this Houston season will be remembered hinges largely on the outcome of this series. The teams didn't meet during the 2017 postseason, but the Warriors won a five-game series in the first round of the 2016 playoffs.

Here are three takeaways from the Dubs closeout victory in Game 5.

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"We want to win another championship", Green said, "and it don't matter who's in the way of that". Houston set a franchise record with 65 wins in the regular season, went 2-1 against the Warriors in games that were hyped at the time though seem meaningless now, and has the likely MVP in James Harden. Though the incident caused Curry to become upset with officials, Curry showed no signs of discomfort after Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday pushed him toward the stanchion underneath the basket with 5:08 left in the third quarter.

"They got us. We got them", Green said.

So far, instead, the Warriors have found a way to defend both styles, preferring to run with the fast-paced, push-the-tempo Pelicans while dealing with daunting big man Anthony Davis and the imposing load he is in the middle.

This is the first time since 2014 - a span of 15 series - where Golden State will have to play Game 1 on the road.

As Durant took free throws, Green tried to listen in on the Pelicans' huddle before official Josh Tiven pulled him away.

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said Kerr and Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni are two of his best friends, so he refused to pick a victor, but he did say that we're all in for a treat. So I think this is going to be a surprising season.

He finished the night with a team-high 28 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and one steal on 10-of-16 from the field. "Timing can still get a little better with the ball, things like that, when you start to get so excited.I continue to get better, continue to get my timing right and continue to get back to the normal rotations, normal, you know, minutes that I'm out there playing, and hopefully won't look back".