Warriors Outlast Spurs In Overtime, Even Series
The Golden State Warriors trailed by 8 points with less than 5 minutes to go in regulation Sunday afternoon in Oakland. With the veteran San Antonio Spurs answering the Warriors blows, Golden State needed someone to step up in the final moments. Veteran backup point guard Jarrett Jack answered the bell, making one clutch basket after another to help force overtime.
From there, the Warriors scored the first nine points of OT, beating the Spurs in the extra frame 13-3. The 97-87 victory marks the first overtime playoff win for Golden State since April 30, 1976. The best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series is now tied 2-2.
With Stephen Curry slowed by an injured ankle, rookie Harrison Barnes (pictured) drove to the paint for 4 quarters and change. His 26 points led all scorers, as he finished with a double-double too, pulling down 10 boards in 51 minutes on the floor.
“He carried us for much of the game,” said Jack of Barnes. “He did a tremendous job of leading the way, being aggressive, and attacking the basket. We followed his lead. At this point in the year, no one is a rookie.”
Despite not being 100%, Curry still scored 22, going 5-10 from beyond the arc.
Golden State Center Andrew Bogut gave his team a huge lift on the glass, grabbing a game-high 18 rebounds. His defense on Spurs forward Tim Duncan in the second-half and overtime was sensational. His +17 plus-minus statistic proves how reliant his club was on him Sunday afternoon.
San Antonio forward Manu Ginobili led the Spurs in scoring with 21. With the series knotted up at 2, Ginobili knows his club let one slip away in Oakland.
“We respect them (Warriors). We knew it wasn’t going to be easy,” explained Ginobili. “What’s disappointing is we had them where we wanted and we blew it…It kind of hurts, but we have a great opportunity to go back up in this series at home.”
Game 5 in San Antonio is Tuesday night. Tip-off is set for 8:30.