The Golden State Warriors pulled even at 2-2 with the San Antonio Spurs in a pivotal game four thanks to solid team defense and a heroic effort by Stephen Curry. Curry rolled his ankle in game three and was clearly still affected by it. He played through the pain despite limited ability to cut and make quick moves.
Curry was 5-10 on 3-pointers for the Warriors and finished with 22 points in 39 minutes. He found himself in more of a spot-up shooting role than he usually does.
Harrison Barnes led the Warriors with 26 points while going 7-7 from the free throw line. He took a lot of shots, but he was able to hit the ones that mattered most.
The pace of game four was much slower than in the previous games, which would normally give the advantage to the Spurs. It was the lowest scoring game of the series despite the fact it was the first to go to overtime. The Warriors played good defense collectively, not allowing the Spurs to get open looks at three-pointers.
The Spurs struggled at the free throw line, going 14 for 25. They also shot poorly from 3-point land hitting just under 26 percent.
Spurs had a great chance to put away GSt. Played mostly lousy 4th q on offense, stunk up overtime. GSt back in mental control of series.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) May 12, 2013
Golden State’s persistence on the glass went a long way for them in game four. They out-rebounded the Spurs 65-51. With the win, Golden State has assured they will play at least one more home game after they head back to San Antonio for game five Tuesday.
Jarret Jack was key for the Warriors as he had to do more ball-handling than he has in the first few games of the series. Jack was 9 for 16 from the field with two turnovers in 37 minutes. Aside from an ugly attempt at a game-winner at the end of regulation, he made good shot selections and didn’t rush the play like he did at times in earlier games in the series.
Tony Parker appeared to be slightly bothered by his bruised calf. As a result, the Spurs had trouble getting the open looks they are accustomed to. They will need to move the ball better if they hope to slow the surging Warriors.