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Spurs win 2OT Game 1 vs. Warriors
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On May 7, 2013 @ 7:57 am In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Adi Joseph, USA TODAY Sports
For the 30th consecutive time, the San Antonio Spurs beat the Golden State Warriors at home.
If only it were that simple.
The Spurs’ 129-127 Game 1 second-round victory didn’t come until the second overtime had finished. It came only after Manu Ginobili ended a game-long slump with a three-pointer to win it in the final two seconds. It required an 18-2 rally to end regulation. It meant withstanding a 22-point flurry by Stephen Curry in the third quarter. It caused some of their fans to head for the exits before the rally commenced.
And who could blame them? The Spurs were down 16, dead-to-rights, with the upstart Warriors holding all the momentum. Tim Duncan, who had not even begun his NBA career the last time the Spurs lost at home to the Warriors, wasn’t even in the game for most of the run.
“We just wanted to keep playing, keep competing,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.
The Spurs hadn’t led by two points until 113-111 in the final two minutes of the first overtime period. They hadn’t led by three until 123-120 in final two minutes of the second overtime period.
The first key to the magnificent rally? Squelching Curry.
The Warriors point guard had 22 of his 44 points in the third quarter but struggled in the final five minutes of regulation and the two overtime periods. It was Jarrett Jack, Golden State’s sixth man, who made the clutch shot to give the Warriors a three-point lead before the Spurs’ final possession. And Jack made the first shot of overtime. And Jack took the final shot of the game, missing a three-pointer to win it at the buzzer.
Curry meanwhile clanked the last shot of regulation, a good look on a midrange jumper that he surely would have hit in his torrid third quarter, when he shot 9-for-12, including 4-for-6 from three.
“I don’t remember stopping Curry,” Popovich said, smirking. Curry did score four points during the second overtime period.
The second key to the rally? Tony Parker being Tony Parker.
The Spurs point guard struggled early in the game, but he had eight points in the final … [For more on Manu Ginobili seals Spurs' 2OT Game 1 win vs. Warriors, click here.]
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