SAN ANTONIO – Even a day later, the San Antonio Spurs still found it difficult to explain how they won the opener of their second-round series against Golden State.
The Spurs overcame Stephen Curry’s 44 points and became the first team in postseason history to rally from a 16-point deficit with 4 minutes remaining and earned a 129-127 victory in double overtime Monday.
Game 2 is tonight in San Antonio.
I don’t know how we managed to tie the game, Manu Ginobili said Tuesday. We had some really big shots before regulation, in the first overtime and second overtime.
It got us the win, but not sure if we deserved it.
After missing seven straight shots, Ginobili hit a game-winning three-pointer with 1.2 seconds remaining to hand Golden State its 30th straight loss in San Antonio going back to Feb. 14, 1997.
It was a thrilling game, but one the Spurs are eager to push aside.
Forget about it; it is over, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. You can enjoy it for a short period of time, but now all that matters is the next game.
Popovich wants the Spurs to move on because he knows the Warriors can get over a tough loss.
Golden State won three straight in the opening round after dropping the series opener to Denver.
Overcoming that loss to the Nuggets gave the Warriors a boost in confidence, as did Monday’s loss.
We were the better basketball team for the most part of that game, Golden State coach Mark Jackson said. Now we did some things that we’ve got to do better, but we’ve got to leave that game feeling good about where we are.
The Warriors feel especially good about Curry’s performance.
The guard had 22 points in the third quarter. He also had 11 assists.
Curry shot 9 for 12 in the third and was 4 for 6 on three-pointers. At one point in the third, he lost his dribble, calmly scooped up the ball and made a jumper from the top of the key in one fluid motion that exasperated Tony Parker.
Limiting Curry’s production in Game 2 is key to San Antonio preserving its home-court advantage.
We’d like to figure out how to hold Curry below 40, Popovich said. I’ve got like 10 phone calls out for people asking for suggestions. He’s unbelievable, unbelievable. He’s something to watch.
Obviously, we’ll try to see if we can figure out some way to limit him a little bit. It’s pretty obvious that’s a god idea.
The Spurs held Curry to six points following the third quarter after giving the defensive assignment to Kawhi Leonard, who is 6-foot-7.
Kawhi did a good job of just running me off the three-point line and funneling me to help and relying on that second line of defense to step up, Curry said. There are certain plays where I looked at the film and I could have attacked a different angle or on different spots on the floor and still got my jumper off against Kawhi. I’ll make my adjustments there.
The Spurs also benefited from Klay Thompson fouling out.
Thompson had 19 points and five rebounds while defending Parker for much of the game. Parker had 16 points in the fourth quarter and two overtimes.
The fact that Thompson was out of the game helped a little bit (defensively against Curry), too, the Spurs’ Boris Diaw said.