Notebook: Warriors 97, Spurs 87 (OT)



Posted May 12, 2013 8:22 PM

Geoff Lepper, for NBA.com

THE FACTS: Harrison Barnes had a career-high 26 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter and overtime, as the Golden State Warriors came back from eight points down in the final five minutes to beat the San Antonio Spurs 97-87 Sunday in Game 4 of their Western Conference semifinal, knotting the series at 2-2.

Barnes, who added 10 rebounds, had two free throws and a shot-clock-beating pull-up jumper as the Warriors scored the first nine points of overtime to take control and ensure Oracle Arena will see at least one more postseason contest.

Jarrett Jack added 24 points, seven rebounds and four assists, although he couldn't knock down an 18-foot pull-up which would have won the game at the final buzzer in regulation.

Stephen Curry, playing despite clearly being less than 100 percent on the left ankle he re-sprained in the fourth quarter of Game 3 Friday, had 22 points. Andrew Bogut overcame early foul trouble to grab 18 rebounds, his fifth straight postseason game in double figures.

Manu Ginobili led San Antonio with 21 points, his best performance of the 2013 postseason, but missed a 3-pointer with 20.9 seconds left in regulation that might have won the game for the Spurs.

QUOTABLE: "This team will not lay down. This team will not quit. It looked dark. It looked awfully dark, but we found a way to get stops and make plays."
-- Warriors coach Mark Jackson.

THE STAT: The Spurs were on the verge of taking a 3-1 series lead back to San Antonio, but their offense cratered in the final 4:49 of regulation and stayed dead in overtime, going 2-for-18 over that stretch, 1-for-8 on 3-pointers. Golden State, the youngest team left in the playoffs, outscored the four-time NBA champions 25-7 in that timeframe to take the win.

TURNING POINT: Though Curry started and even hit two 3-pointers during an 11-6 burst to open the game, it quickly become apparent that he was limited in his mobility despite a pre-game anti-inflammatory shot his still-healing left ankle. Nevertheless, after resting more than normal in the first half, Curry saw nearly 24 minutes of action after intermission and scored 16 points.

QUOTABLE II: "Watching him warm up, I said, 'Man, there's no way this kid is playing. Watching him run around on one leg, he looked like Isiah Thomas against the Lakers in the [1988 NBA] Finals, man. The performance he put on down the stretch, making plays, making shots, defensively. I sat back and was honestly in awe."
-- Jack, on Curry.

HOT: Jack was much maligned by Warrior fans after rough skid in the final minutes of Game 3. No doubt they were loving him as he scored on three consecutive isolation plays to help claw the Warriors back from an 80-72 deficit with 4:49 remaining. In all, Jack finished 9-for-16 after shooting 41.2 percent through three games against San Antonio.

NOT: San Antonio was held to 35.5 percent shooting, their worst mark of the series and lowest in a postseason game since a 32.1 mark on April 23, 2009, in an 88-67 loss to Dallas during Game 3 of the Mavericks' eventual first-round series win.

QUOTABLE III: "In overtime, we just stopped scoring. We kept running the same plays, our usual stuff, and it just didn't fall. They made every shot in overtime. In a game that it so close and so tight, that ends up being the difference. . . . What's disappointing is, we had them were we wanted. We blew it."
-- Ginobili.

ROOKIE WATCH: Barnes surpassed his regular-season best of 21 points, although it took him 26 shots to do it. The Warriors had to turn the No. 7 overall selection loose because of Curry's injury woes and the fact that San Antonio's defense had completely neutralized Klay Thompson, who finished with 10 points in 51 minutes of action.

NOTABLE: The Warriors (38 percent from the field) hadn't won a game shooting under 40 percent since beating Chicago on May 14, 1975 to clinch Game 7 of the Western Conference finals. . . . Golden State had 18 turnovers, but none after the 36.9-second mark of the third quarter. . . . The Warriors have outrebounded the Spurs in all four games, including by a 65-51 count Sunday. . . . Tim Duncan had a quiet 19 points and 15 boards for his 142nd career playoff double-double. He's tied with Shaquille O'Neal for the third most in NBA history; they trail only Wilt Chamberlain (143) and Magic Johnson (157).

UP NEXT: Game 5, Tuesday @ San Antonio (9:30 p.m. ET); Game 6, Thursday @ Golden State (TBA); Game 7, Sunday @ San Antonio, if necessary (TBA).