OAKLAND (KCBS) – The Golden State Warriors forced overtime and then played strong defense to beat the San Antonio Spurs 97-87 Sunday and even the NBA playoff series at 2-2.
“You watch and you think doom is right around the corner,” John Madden told the KCBS Radio morning crew. “Even when they’re tied, like yesterday, and they go into overtime, you think ‘I don’t know if they have the endurance with guys limping all over the place,’ and you know there’s no way they can finish this team off. And then they finish them off. I think at some point, don’t you probably get past this thing that you don’t expect them to win and you start to expect them to win?”
Warriors coach Mark Jackson told reporters he’s not surprised by his team’s inspirational play, saying
“This team will not lie down. This team will not quit.” Madden said it was the Warriors’ defense that won the day.
“Mark Jackson just keeps talking about defense, and then at some point they do it,” the former NFL coach said. “If you look at overtime yesterday, that’s what it was. It was Warriors defense.” (7:15)