Notebook: Warriors 100, Spurs 91



Posted May 9, 2013 6:53 AM

Tim Price, for NBA.com

THE FACTS: Klay Thompson scored 34 points -- a career high for the regular season and playoffs -- as the Golden State Warriors gutted out a mentally tough 100-91 victory over the San Antonio Spurs to even the Western Conference semifinals after Game 2 on Wednesday at AT&T Center. With 8-for-9 shooting from the 3-point line and 14 rebounds, it also was the first playoff double-double for Thompson.

The Spurs got 23 points from Tim Duncan and 20 more from Tony Parker, but Duncan was 9-for-20 from the floor and Parker 7-for-17 as the Warriors limited the Spurs to 39 percent shooting.

QUOTABLE: "I truly believe that trials and tribulations are transportation for where you're going. Game 1 made us better. We didn't panic. We made plays."
-- Warriors coach Mark Jackson

THE STAT: Thompson's eight 3-pointers almost tied an NBA playoff record. Jason Terry, Ray Allen, Vince Carter and Rex Chapman each have made nine 3-pointers in a playoff game.

THE STAT II: The Spurs have given up 22 3-pointers in the first two games of the West semifinals. In their four-game, first-round series against the Lakers, the Spurs gave up just 20 3-pointers.

THE STAT III: Spurs swingman Manu Ginobili is average 12.0 ppg and shooting 31.6 percent and 16.7 percent from 3-point range in his last three games.

TURNING POINT: The Warriors became the first team in NBA playoff history to blow a 16-point lead in the final 4 ½ minutes when they dropped a 104-88 lead and lost in double overtime in Game 1 (the first time in 393 opportunities such a lead was lost). Their largest lead tonight was 20 points early in the second half, but the Spurs cut it to six points with seven minutes remaining in the game on Parker's jump shot. But the Warriors brought it up the floor and got a 3-pointer from Draymond Green (just his second field goal from eight shots in the game) and followed by pressuring Parker into a bad-pass turnover. They held a nine-point lead with 6 1/2 minutes to go and managed to keep their composure the rest of the way.

QUOTABLE II: "I thought it was very polite of [Thompson and teammate Stephen Curry] to at least take turns and not both be on fire on the same night. Maybe neither one of them will be hot in Game 3. That's what I'm hoping."
-- Spurs coach Gregg Popovich

HOT: During Thompson's 17-point second quarter he went 5-for-6 from the 3-point line, and all but one shot of that stat line came in the final 6 ½ minutes of the first half when Golden State closed it out on an 18-5 run and took a 62-43 lead to the locker room at halftime after a 34-point second quarter.

NOT: The Spurs swept the Lakers in the first round and shot 47.9 percent from the floor. They shot 39.3 percent tonight and are shooting 41.8 percent from the floor in this series against Golden State. The Warriors are shooting 48 percent.

FANTASY SPOTLIGHT: Thompson came into the game averaging 15.3 points in the playoffs, down a bit from his 16.6 points per game average from the regular season. His previous playoff high was 22 points from his postseason debut in Game 1 of the first-round series against the Nuggets.

GOOD MOVE: When the Spurs continued to place a forward or big guard on Curry (7-for-20 from the floor, 22 points) to utilize a size advantage many times with Kawhi Leonard drawing the assignment, the Warriors created an isolation on one side of the floor with Jarrett Jack working against Parker. Jack went 2-for-4 in a critical four-minute stretch late in the game that helped the Warriors gut out the win when the Spurs were pulling close.

BAD MOVE: Matt Bonner can usually be counted for an off-the-bench spark that also helps the Spurs spread the floor. But he started in place of Boris Diaw after Diaw started Game 1 and efficiently played almost 26 minutes. Bonner went 1-for-3 in 16 minutes for two points tonight, and Diaw failed to bring energy off the bench with no points in almost eight minutes. This was just the second game back for Diaw after surgery to remove a cyst in his back was performed in early April.

ROOKIE WATCH: The Warriors' Green had his first playoff start -- he started once in the regular season -- and he went 2-for-8 but had seven rebounds and five assists in 32 ½ minutes. One of those shots was a key 3-pointer in the fourth quarter.

NOTABLE: This is the first time Golden State has won in San Antonio in 30 games (playoff and regular season) dating back to February 1997. The regular-season streak of 29 is tied for the second-longest road losing streak in a team-to-team series in NBA history. ... The 29 points Thompson scored in the first half is the most in one half by a player against the Spurs in a playoff game since the team has been coached by Popovich starting in 1997. ... Curry came into Game 2 averaging a league-best 12.3 points in the third quarter of this year's playoffs; he scored three tonight in the third. ... David Lee (torn hip flexor) was in uniform but he did not play for the second straight game for Golden State. ... Tiago Splitter (five points, four rebounds) saw almost 10 minutes of action after missing the last two games for the Spurs with a right ankle sprain. ... Tracy McGrady made his second playoff appearance for the Spurs when he checked in with less than a minute to play and the game out of reach.

UP NEXT: Game 3, Friday @ Oakland (10:30 p.m. ET), Game 4, Sunday @ Oakland (3:30 p.m. ET), Game 5, Tuesday @ San Antonio (9:30 p.m. ET).