Notebook: Spurs 129, Warriors 127, 2 OT



Posted May 7, 2013 2:15 AM

By Tim Price, for NBA.com

THE FACTS: Manu Ginobili sank a 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds to go in double overtime, and the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Golden State Warriors 129-127 in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals on Monday at AT&T Center.

San Antonio sent it to overtime on Danny Green's 3-pointer with 20 seconds to go in regulation, then Stephen Curry missed a 15-footer at the buzzer for the Warriors. They led by 16 points with four minutes to go in the fourth quarter not long after Curry planted a 22-point third quarter on the Spurs. Curry ended with 44 points on 18-for-35 shooting.

QUOTABLE: "I was wide open [on the final 3-pointer]. I didn't have any other options. If I thought about it and could have done something else, I would have. I've really got to watch [the game replay] to see what happened [to allow the Spurs to win]. Steph Curry, in the third quarter was unbelievable. I guess he got tired, and Klay Thompson fouled out. They ran out of options and we kept going."

-- Manu Ginobili, who also put up an unsuccessful 27-footer with 10 seconds on the shot clock that wasted a possession in the final minute

THE STAT: The Spurs were down by 12 points heading into the fourth quarter and trailed by 16 points with 4:20 to go. Even though they shot less than 40 percent in the fourth quarter (9-for-23) they still pulled even and sent it to overtime when the Warriors missed eight of their last nine shots. Golden State also led by 18 points with nine minutes to go in Game 6 against Denver in the first round but still won by four.

TURNING POINT: Tim Duncan has been bothered by a stomach virus this week, and it lingered to the point that he missed the final 4:31 of regulation while he was in the locker room. But when he left, the Spurs went on an 18-2 run to send the game to overtime. It also coincided with the sixth foul by the Warriors' Thompson.

QUOTABLE II: "We were careless at times. We are a young basketball team that is going to get better by playing the San Antonio Spurs. I liked a lot of things I saw on the floor tonight. Unfortunately, we didn't close it."

-- Warriors coach Mark Jackson

HOT: If the Warriors could only play a third quarter, would they lose? Over these seven playoff games, Curry is 32-for-46 from the floor (17-for-26 from the 3-point line) and is averaging 12.3 points in the third (no one else in the league is averaging double figures). Of his 29 3-pointers, 17 have come in the third quarter.

NOT: Curry went 2-for-9 from the point where the Warriors were 16 ahead with 4:31 to go in the fourth quarter and through the two overtime periods.

FANTASY SPOTLIGHT: Curry's 44 points has him averaging 27 points in the playoffs. He also had 11 assists but six turnovers.

GOOD MOVE: Perhaps the Spurs were able to slow Curry at the end of the game by putting the taller Kawhi Leonard on him. Curry was 16-for-26 from the floor when that happened late in the fourth quarter and into the OTs. He was 2-for-9 after that.

BAD MOVE: On the Spurs' final shot of the night, the Warriors were looking for a screen on the near side of the floor for Boris Diaw. There was supposed to be a defensive switch, but two players went with Diaw. Ginobili was wide open on the other side of the floor, and Leonard rifled the pass over so that Ginobili could get the shot off over Harrison Barnes.

ROOKIE WATCH: Festus Ezili started for the Warriors, his first of the playoffs, and his defensive work got Duncan started with 1-for-4 shooting. But Ezili only played 12 minutes with no shots, two rebounds and one blocked shot.

NOTABLE: That 29-game losing streak the Warriors have experienced against the Spurs counts regular-season games. It's the longest active road losing streak in a team-to-team series in the NBA (the Clippers lost 29 in a row in Portland between 1981-90) and is second longest in league history (43 in a row from 1975-82 by the Kings to the Lakers is the record). ... The 22-point outburst by Curry in the third quarter (9-for-12 from the floor) almost matched a 23-point performance by Goran Dragic of the Phoenix Suns against the Spurs in the fourth quarter of a 2010 Western Conference semifinals game (Phoenix swept the series). ... Diaw started when Tiago Splitter missed the game because of a right ankle sprain. Splitter also missed Game 4 against the Lakers in the first round, but he is expected to be ready for Game 2. Diaw was palying for the first time since a cyst was removed from his back on April 12.

UP NEXT: Game 2, Wednesday @ San Antonio (9:30 p.m. ET), Game 3, Friday @ Oakland (10:30 p.m.), Game 4, Sunday @ Oakland (3:30 p.m. ET).