The Golden Warriors hadn’t won in San Antonio since 1997, but they pulled off the series-saving win after surviving another Spurs rally in the final quarter of Game 2.
The Warriors had more than enough opportunities to finally pull one out in Game 1, but they gave up a 16-point lead with 4:31 left to play in the fourth quarter, and the San Antonio Spurs closed it out in double overtime.
This series is looking very similar to the last and only time these teams faced each other in the 1991 NBA Playoffs. The new kids on the block in this series were the “Run TMC” Warriors, who had taken the Association by storm.
As for the Spurs, Tim Duncan was not around, as it seems he has been playing since the beginning of time. The big-time stars for San Antonio were center David Robinson, guard Sean Elliot and forward Terry Cummings.
The series started out with the Spurs holding home-court advantage in a relatively large rout. Guard Willie Anderson led the charge with help from Robinson and Rod Strickland to set the series tone.
However, the Warriors seized the momentum and the home court by winning Game 2 running away. Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin lit up the scoreboard with the dynamic passing and shooting, while Sarunas Marciulionis helped off the bench with his energy-filled infusion.
The return to the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum saw the Warriors keep the series in hand as they held off the Spurs in a tough game. The Warriors won the game by three points after both teams went back-and-forth for all four quarters.
Hardaway took over Game 4 in the series and clinched it for the Warriors. He put up 32 points and nine assists as Run TMC’s leader, and the Warriors surprised the second-seeded Spurs.
Run TMC was exciting and fast basketball, which is similar to this young Warriors team with the “Splash Brothers” of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. The Spurs have experience on their side, but they have to combat a faster, more up-tempo team.
The Warriors are looking to take a page from that book and take the keys to future dominance.