Reigning NBA champion Warriors reach brink of West final

Instead, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry made a decision to give his team the day off to recover physically and mentally from the biggest blowout loss they've suffered at home this season.

The collapse that Paul is referring to came at the hands of the Rockets.

In Game 4 he played 32 minutes scoring 23 points, but admitted after the game that he was "p-- off" whenever he was subbed off. Curry believes he has more in the tank, but understands the coach wants to ease him into action after a lengthy injury layoff.

Even though the Warriors have plenty of offensive weapons, Durant proved last season, during a dominant playoff run leading to an National Basketball Association championship, his ability to score directly affects Golden State. "(Expletive) went bad real quick, you know what I mean?"

"All five of us, we knew what we could get out of each other", James said afterward. "Every series is so different, and we've gotta stay locked in and try and take care of business Tuesday - save a trip to the Central time zone, and get ready for the next series if we're lucky enough to do that". Holiday also blocked a shot and had a steal. "That's what he does". Green moved to center after starting at forward in Game 3, 7-foot center JaVale McGee returned to a reserve role and Iguodala, who'd started games 1 and 2, returned to the first unit at forward. "We were flying around on the defensive end to start the game and pushing the temp on the offensive end".

Durant finished with 38 points, nine rebounds and five assists.

"I thought it was important", Gentry said of a chance to recuperate Monday. But when they hit those wide open threes, those shots will often be what kill the motivation in the opposing team's defense.

The offense was flowing, overflowing even. "He's getting into rhythm and running into form and it's good to see", the Warriors coach added.

There wasn't one particular difference-making part of the game, there were multiple. He only grabbed one rebound and recorded two assists. Capela has been effective on the boards and blocking shots despite the increased attention and focus the Jazz have placed on him.

"I'm still able to do what I do, get rebounds and be here. Thanks, I enjoy it". Sometimes there's no explaining. "And he's long and quick, and he's good", D'Antoni stated. "To start like that sets a great tone".

"I can't sleep when we lose like that", he said. You know, that's extra. "The plan was to get that, so we wouldn't be a one-dimensional team". "That's exactly what we're planning on doing". You can't focus on both, and they'll both torch you if left alone with a single defender.

The Rockets and Jazz will face off in Game 5 Tuesday in Houston.

The Warriors put the hammer down in the third quarter, quieting the crowd once again to cruise to a 94-73 lead with one final quarter to go. But you play against that lineup the majority of the game anyway.

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