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Curry, Warriors beat Spurs in Game 4
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On May 12, 2013 @ 9:08 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Sam Amick, USA TODAY Sports
OAKLAND — Now they’re even — in more ways than one.
After losing a double-overtime heartbreaker in Game 1 against the San Antonio Spurs, the Golden State Warriors took Game 4 97-87 in overtime to tie the Western Conference Semifinals series at 2-2.
Warriors guard Stephen Curry, who nearly didn’t play because of a turned left ankle suffered in Game 3 on Friday, spent much of afternoon needing his teammates to carry him as he struggled to break free from the flurry of relentless Spurs defenders. But with 1:46 left and the Warriors already up seven after a Jarrett Jack layup and four points from Harrison Barnes, Curry used a high screen to lose Kawhi Leonard and buried a scoop shot over Tim Duncan that sent the Oracle Arena crowd into hysterics and sent Curry to the line. His free throw put the Warriors up 93-84, and the Spurs — for now — were put back in that place they found themselves when they first headed West with the series tied 1-1.
Curry, who had six points at halftime after taking three shots, finished with 22 points on 7 of 15 shooting. Barnes had 26 points but was 9-for-26 from the field, and Jack had 24 points on 9-for-16 shooting. Yet the Warriors, who had showcased their offensive firepower so many times during these playoffs, got it done with defense.
San Antonio shot 35.5% from the field, with reserve guard Manu Ginobili finishing with 21 points after scoring 11 in the first quarter. Duncan (19 points) missed 15 of his 22 shots, while Tony Parker was 6 of 17.
The Warriors took control from the start of overtime. Jack drove right for a runner in the lane to start the extra period, followed by Ginobili misfiring on a shot at the rim when Bogut contested. Yet it was after Barnes’ drive and two converted two free throws that the ominous oddities occurred for the Spurs: Ginobili airballed a three from the left wing despite being virtually unguarded with 4:05 left, and Danny Green missed two free throws after being fouled on his shot.
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