The San Antonio Spurs used a furious comeback and a late three-pointer from Manu Ginobili to defeat the Golden State Warriors, 129-127, in double overtime of Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal series on Monday night.
After struggling from the field for most of the night, Ginobili's wide-open three-pointer with 1.2 seconds in double overtime lifted the Spurs to the wild two-point victory. Danny Green's three-pointer with 20.8 seconds to go in the fourth quarter capped an 18-2 San Antonio run to end the fourth quarter and send the game to overtime after a second half that was largely dominated by Golden State. Another three from Green in the second overtime put the Spurs up five, but after Curry brought the Warriors to within one, he pushed the ball on a Tony Parker miss and hit Kent Bazemore for the go-ahead layup with 3.9 seconds left before Ginobili's heroics.
Things started to get wild with under three minutes left in the fourth. The Spurs, after a night of near-comebacks, made one more push, trimming the Warriors' lead to eight. Then Leonard drilled a three-pointer and Parker finished a layup to cut the lead to three. Carl Landry was called for an over-the-back foul as the Golden State offense was stalling out. The foul sent Diaw to the free throw line with under a minute to play. He made both to cut the lead to one. Jack hit a huge fallaway jumper on the next possession to extend Golden State's lead to three, which ended a 15-0 Spurs run in just about three minutes. Curry couldn't get a contested jumper to fall in the waning seconds, sending the game to overtime after San Antonio closed regulation with the 18-2 run. In the first overtime, Ginobili missed a jumper from the free throw line as time ran out, sending the game to double overtime.
Harrison Barnes broke the tie first in the second overtime with a corner three, but Tony Parker answered with a layup to cut the Golden State lead to one. After Draymond Green fouled out with 2:24 left, Boris Diaw gave the Spurs a 121-120 lead on the next possession, followed by Parker putting the Spurs up three before the Warriors' rally.
Golden State's streak of consecutive losses in San Antonio now hits 30. For the Spurs, Tim Duncan left for the locker room late in the fourth quarter due to a stomach flu and was only able to return in limited capacity at the ends of both overtimes.
Coming off a 22-point scoring barrage from Curry in the third, the Warriors were rolling in the fourth. San Antonio couldn't get an outside shot to fall. Golden State built a 98-82 advantage near the middle of the fourth. The Spurs cut the lead to 10 with six minutes to play, but a pair of layups from Curry on consecutive possessions slammed another San Antonio comeback shut.
Curry was just smoldering in the third as he assumed control of the game, splashing in a pair of triples to give Golden State an eleven-point lead. But he was only getting started. When the dust finally settled on the third, Curry scored 14 of the Warriors' last 16 points, posting a 22-point quarter as Golden State hung 39 points on the Spurs in the frame and led going into the fourth, 92-80.
Golden State led, 53-49, at halftime after shooting 55 percent from the field and outscoring the Spurs in the paint, 24-10. San Antonio made repeated efforts to overtake Golden State's lead, but the Warriors responded with aggressive play and shooting to maintain their advantage. The Spurs shot 38.1 percent from the floor and used a run of free throws towards the end of the quarter to trim the Golden State lead.
Game 2 in San Antonio will tip at 9:30 p.m. ET Wednesday night on TNT.