Warriors Rally In OT, Snap 16-Game Skid Against Spurs
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OAKLAND (CBS / AP) — Jarrett Jack had 30 points and 10 rebounds, David Lee added 25 points and 22 boards, and the Golden State Warriors rallied past the San Antonio Spurs 107-101 in overtime Friday night to snap a 16-game losing streak in the series.
Stephen Curry finished with 18 points and six assists to carry the short-sleeve-wearing Warriors from 13 points down in the fourth quarter. Golden State, also playing without center Andrew Bogut, hadn’t won against San Antonio since another overtime game at home — all the way back on Jan. 7, 2008.
Danny Green scored 20 points and Tim Duncan had 19 points and 18 rebounds for the NBA-leading Spurs, who had won five straight and 16 of 17 overall. San Antonio fell to 6-2 on its rodeo trip, which ends Sunday at Phoenix.
The Spurs seemed to take control between the third and fourth quarters, breaking away from a tie game with 13 straight points behind Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. Both finished with 18 points, and both disappeared late.
The teams traded baskets for the final 6 minutes of regulation.
Lee’s driving layup put the Warriors ahead 90-89 with a little more than a minute to play in the fourth. That lead lasted only a few seconds, with Green banking a floater off the glass.
Curry came out of a timeout slashing through the lane and tossed a midair pass out to Jack through a crowd of defenders. Jack swished the 3-pointer with 7.3 seconds to play, pumping his right hand and flexing his muscles around midcourt after giving Golden State a 93-91 lead.
The rest of the celebration would have to wait.
Duncan took the inbounds pass on the other end from Ginobili, who knifed through the lane for a quick give-and-go and a tying layup. Jack missed a desperation shot, sending the game to overtime.
The energy remained rampant in the extra period, and so did the highlights. Curry’s long bounce pass just skipped past Ginobili and into the hands of Jack, whose reverse layup gave Golden State a 100-98 lead.
Jack followed with another long jumper, freezing Parker off the dribble to put the Warriors ahead by four with 56.5 seconds left. Green hit a 3-pointer before Parker missed a potential go-ahead layup. Lee grabbed the rebound and tossed the ball to Curry, whose two free throws put the Warriors ahead 104-101.
Duncan’s errant pass was stolen on the next possession to seal San Antonio’s loss. Jack hit a trio of free throws, and the Warriors finally came out on top against the Spurs.
Golden State was without Bogut, who sat out with back spasms and is out indefinitely. The 7-foot center has missed 43 of 55 games this season, most recovering from surgery on his left ankle.
The new-look Warriors still put to rest a staggering 16 straight losses against San Antonio. The Warriors wore their yellow short-sleeved jerseys complete with pinstriped shorts for the first time, and perhaps the look shook off the Spurs.
At the very least, they caused a stir on the court and around social media.
The first half played out in less mesmerizing fashion, with San Antonio setting its typical plodding pace. Both teams took seven-point leads during the first half, and each struggled to create separation.
The intensity finally picked up late in the third quarter when the home team delighted the announced crowd of 19,596 — Golden State’s 16th straight sellout — with some daring and dazzling efforts, starting with Curry’s bank shot after getting knocked down by Duncan to begin a three-point play.
Jack also surprised Parker from behind for a steal, forced a foul and made both free throws. He added a jumper that tied it at 67 before San Antonio regained its rhythm.
Ginobili twisted his way through the lane for a layup and a jumper as the Spurs scored 13 straight, including the first 12 points of the fourth. They went ahead 80-67 on Green’s 3-pointer with 8:55 to play.
Golden State answered with its own 13-0 run capped by a 3-pointer from Curry, whose swish came mere feet in front of jubilant owner Joe Lacob sitting courtside. Both waived to the fans roaring to their feet, setting the stage for the frantic finish.
NOTES: Spurs swingman Stephen Jackson dressed but did not play for undisclosed reasons. He played against the Clippers a night earlier, his first game back since his wife had a miscarriage. Jackson had left the team in Chicago on Feb. 11. … The Warriors are also planning to wear the sleeved jerseys for home games against Houston on March 8 and Chicago on March 15. … The Spurs have won 28 in a row against the Warriors in San Antonio.
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