The Golden State Warriors beat San Antonio 97-87 in overtime to even their Western Conference semifinal series at two games apiece.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Guard Stephen Curry got another injection in his sprained left ankle. Forward David Lee logged more minutes on his torn right hip flexor. Rookie Harrison Barnes took a career-high number of shots.
The hobbled, desperate, underdog Golden State Warriors seemingly pushed every button, squeezed out every ounce. And after a 97-87 overtime victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, it all felt worth it.
“I’m just so glad that a national-TV audience had an opportunity to see exactly what’s been taking place in this area,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. “Just a big-time win. This is a heck of a series.”
Golden State evened the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series at 2-2, with Game 5 on Tuesday in San Antonio.
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Curry started but was clearly limited by his ankle. With 38 hours to recover from the previous game, he said he took an anti-inflammatory shot before Game 4 because swelling was a problem.
To the surprise of teammates, Curry was in the starting lineup. He finished with 22 points, four assists and six rebounds. But he was robbed of the sudden bursts and change of direction he lives on.
Curry’s 10-point fourth quarter fueled the charge that swung the momentum to the Warriors.
“I wanted to play, regardless of what I could give,” Curry said. “I was hurting, but I was good enough to play. … I doubt it’ll be 100 percent for the foreseeable future, but knowing that I can be on the court as a threat, I’ve got to be ready.”
Barnes scored 26 points on 9-for-26 shooting and had 10 rebounds. Jarrett Jack scored 24 points. Klay Thompson, a former Washington State standout, added 10 points.
Warriors center Andrew Bogut, who had 18 rebounds, helped Golden State dominate the boards 65-51 and hold Tim Duncan to 19 points on 7-of-22 shooting.
San Antonio led 80-72 in the fourth quarter.
“We put ourselves in a position to win the game and it’s frustrating because we feel like we gave it away,” Duncan said.
• Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau was fined $35,000 by the league for comments about the officiating after Friday’s 104-94 loss to defending champion Miami in Game 3 of their East semifinal series.
Thibodeau has said the Bulls “aren’t going to get calls” in the series, which the Heat leads 2-1.