This week in sports: Spurs beat Wizards to move to 6-2 title
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Spurs beat Washington Wizards 104-100 to advance to the NBA Finals for the third time in franchise history.
It was the second straight win for the Spurs, who have won five of their last six games.
“I thought we played well in the first half,” coach Gregg Popovich said.
“But I thought we were pretty good in the second half.
The Spurs will host the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 3 of their first-round series. “
We had a lot of opportunities to get open shots, but we couldn’t get to the rim, especially with all the fouls we got.”
The Spurs will host the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 3 of their first-round series.
The Wizards won Game 1 at Washington but blew a 19-point lead early in the third quarter, falling behind 13-3 in the series.
“They’re a great team,” said Wizards forward Marcin Gortat, who scored 26 points.
“I’m just trying to play hard every night and play the game the right way.
We’re not going to win with bad defense.”
The Wizards shot just 39.6 percent and allowed 46.3 percent shooting in the opening three games.
The Wizards have shot 39.3 and 45.9 percent from 3-point range in the playoffs.
Washington will play its third game in five nights and fourth game in four games against the Los Angels Angels of Anaheim.
The Clippers, who will host Oklahoma City on Sunday, have won three straight and are the only team with three playoff series wins.
For the Spurs this season, they are 6-0 in the postseason and 7-0 overall, which is the second-best record in the Western Conference behind Oklahoma City.
It is the sixth time in Popovich’s 18 seasons as a coach that the Spurs have reached the NBA finals.
They have gone 4-0 this season against Western Conference opponents.
Basketball is a fast-paced sport and the game is always played in front of a live TV audience.
Popovich had to be reminded of this the second time he faced his old team.
In 2012, he faced the Los Angles Lakers in the NBA championship series and went 7-1.
He lost that series in six games, losing three straight.
San Antonio won its second straight in the regular season, but lost in the conference finals to the Los Lakers, 104-99, in the Conference Finals.
The Spurs also lost to the Memphis Grizzlies in the West finals, 101-99.
Popovich, who is known for his relentless style of play, is not afraid to take risks and is known to have the biggest bench in the league.
He won his fourth NBA title last season with the Los Suns and is the only coach in NBA history to win four championships in a row.
Follow Gregg Popovic on Twitter at @GPop.