In what was almost the biggest upset of the 2013 NBA Playoff series, the San Antonio Spurs gave the Golden State Warriors a beating they won’t soon forget. SB Nation predicted on May 6 that the Warriors would be nothing but a warm up for the veteran packed Spurs. That was not the case Monday night as the Warriors held a lead through most of the game, at times up to 20 points. It was not until halfway through the fourth quarter that the Spurs started picking up momentum enough to carry them to the win.
The San Antonio Spurs beat the Golden State Warriors on Monday night despite a stellar performance by rising star Stephen Curry. With 44 points, Curry was the star of the night. Klay Thompson fouled out late in the fourth quarter with a very hard and probably avoidable foul on Tony Parker.
Once Klay Parker was out, the Golden State Warriors lead started to slip. The Spurs were able to tie the game back up right around the minute mark, making Warriors fans sweat. Jarrett Jack took control and was able to put three points between the teams with 29 seconds to go. Danny Green of the Spurs responded with a huge 3-point shot that went in so sweet it stung, again tying the game at 106. The final possession of the fourth quarter resulted in a missed shot by Curry and the game went into overtime.
The Warriors and Spurs entered into overtime and battled it out, taking turns in the lead and ultimately ending the first overtime tied yet again. Both teams are playing with everything they have and are visibly tired. Two and a half minutes from the end of the second overtime, Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors fouled out and Tony Parker scored to put the Spurs in the lead. With 1:35 left in the game, the Spurs had the biggest lead of the game with 123-120.
Danny Green sunk another 3-pointer with a minute left and put the Spurs even further in the lead, now at their game high of five points. Stephen Curry shot and made both free throws bringing the game closer with Spurs still leading at 123-123 and was able to take it back for a three and tied it back up with 20 seconds. As the shot clock ran out, Parker tried to lay it up and missed. Golden State returned for the two that won the game with four seconds to go. With less than four seconds left, Manu Ginobli shot a clean 3-pointer and brought the Spurs back in the lead 129-127. A last ditch three point shot by Stephen Curry missed and the Spurs were able to come back from what looked like no mans land to win.