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Warriors eliminate Patty Mills' Spurs

Patty Mills is expected to receive a major pay rise, with multiple NBA teams expected to pursue him with some estimates pointing to a $US75-million deal.

Warriors eliminate Patty Mills' Spurs

Patty Mills is expected to receive a major pay rise, with multiple NBA teams expected to pursue him with some estimates pointing to a $US75-million deal.

Patty Mills and Manu Ginobili may have played their last game for the San Antonio Spurs after they were eliminated from the NBA Western Conference finals by the potent, record-breaking Golden State Warriors.

The Warriors thumped the injury-plagued Spurs 129-115 in San Antonio on Monday to sweep the series 4-0 and book a place in the NBA Finals against the winner of the Eastern Conference finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics.


The All-Star-laden Warriors became the first team in NBA history to enter the finals with a perfect 12-0 playoff record, with sweeps of the Portland Trail Blazers, Joe Ingles and Dante Exum's Utah Jazz and the Spurs.

It is the Warrors' third consecutive trip to the finals.

Warriors' reigning NBA MVP Steph Curry hammered the Spurs with 36 points, hitting 14 of his 24 field goals including five three-pointers.

"I'm having fun and enjoying what I do, playing aggressive, playing confident," Curry

"Things are flowing."

Mills and Ginobili have become two of San Antonio's most beloved players.

Canberra-born point guard Mills is at the end of his three-year, $US13-million Spurs contract and will become a unrestricted free agent in the off-season.

The 28-year-old will likely receive a major pay rise with multiple teams expected to pursue him in the off-season, with some estimates pointing to a four-year, $US75-million deal.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has called Mills the spirit of the team and has joked he does not want to praise him publicly because it would only raise the price to re-sign him.

Mills' stock may have dropped after the Warriors' defensively targeted him in the series.

He only scored a combined 17 points in the first three games and in Monday's finale had 14 points, but was erratic missing nine of his 13 field goal attempts.

Popovich paid tribute to Ginobili, the 39-year-old Argentinian who joined the Spurs in 2002 and won four championships with the franchise.

Ginobili unselfishly agreed to come off the bench for more than a decade, an act that made the Spurs one of the great NBA teams.

Ginobili said he will sit down with his wife Marianela in three weeks and make a decision on whether he will play another season.

"Whatever I decide to do I will be a happy camper," Ginobili said.

Popovich ironically placed Ginobili in the starting line-up for game four, a move he said was to honour his time at the Spurs in case he did retire.

Ginobili had 15 points and when Popovich subbed him out with two minutes to go the San Antonio crowd gave him a standing ovation.

The Spurs suffered season-ending injuries to two of their best players, Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker, during their playoff run.

The Cavaliers lead their series against the Celtics 2-1.

The NBA Finals' game one will be at the Warriors' Oracle Arena on June 1.

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