The San Antonio Spurs missed open shots, missed free throws and didn't take advantage of their defense forcing poor shooting and 18 turnovers in regulation. As a result, the Golden State Warriors did enough to get the game to overtime and won, 97-87, in ORACLE Arena on Sunday afternoon to tie the series at two.
Golden State ran off nine straight points in the overtime period and the Spurs didn't score until only 1:30 remained. By then it was too late. The home team used their raucous crowd to win the overtime, 13-3.
With his team having trailed for the majority of the day, Jarrett Jack hit a straightaway jumper over Tim Duncan off a pick and roll with a minute to play in regulation that tied the game. Tony Parker answered coming off his own on-ball screen and mirrored Jack by pulling up over Warriors center Andrew Bogut off the left wing to regain the Spurs' lead. But Klay Thompson, who scored just 10 points on the day, responded by driving and hitting a tough floater off the glass with 30 seconds left. Both teams failed to score on their final possessions as the squads took an 84-all tie to overtime.
Stephen Curry, on an injured ankle, played 39 minutes and shot 7-of-15 from the floor for 22 points, but Jack was the key ball handler on the day and scored 24 points off the pine. Rookie Harrison Barnes led Golden State with 26, while Bogut added a game-high 18 rebounds.
San Antonio took a 45-37 lead into the half by holding the Warriors to 30 percent shooting and forcing them into 11 total turnovers. After Curry and Thompson scored 10 of the first 11 Golden State points in the first three minutes of the game, neither scored again until the third quarter.
Meanwhile, Duncan and Manu Ginobili led the Spurs with 14 points at the half. The former especially had an important role in tacking on three fouls apiece to Carl Landry and Andrew Bogut, plus four more on backup big man Festus Ezeli.
The Warriors limited the opportunities for Duncan and Ginobili in the second half. Duncan finished with 19 and Ginobili finished with 21, including a key three-point miss with the game tied at 84 and 16 seconds remaining in regulation.
Curry came out gunning in the third, and Golden State opened on a 12-5 push to tighten up the game at 50-49 in favor of San Antonio. The Warriors got 10 points from Curry in the period and trailed, 62-60, heading to the fourth, but the Spurs responded with six paint buckets in the final stanza.
It all came down to missed opportunities for San Antonio to put the game away, and it didn't help that the Spurs shot 36 percent and hit just 14-of-25 free throws for the game.
Questions of the game
1. Who is healthier, Stephen Curry or Tony Parker?: As for the eye test, Parker easily won the debate in this regard. While Curry was clearly moving tenderly, he still had stretches of his old self. But Curry did more with less, going 5-for-10 from three-point range while Parker scored 17 on 6-of-17 shooting from the floor.
2. Can the Spurs replicate their defensive performance from Game 3?: San Antonio held Golden State to 37 percent shooting in the first 48 minutes, but ultimately it was their poor three-point shooting (6-for-22) and 60-percent free throw shooting in regulation that gave the Warriors an opportunity to steal the game in overtime.
3. Can Golden State's fans hold up their end?: Very much so. The team fought back to earn an overtime, and with one of the loudest home crowds in the NBA, it was Golden State's game to lose while running off the energy of the home fans.