The first Game 4 of the second round of the 2013 NBA playoffs did not disappoint. The Golden State Warriors righted the ship and evened the series at 2-2, courtesy of a 97-87 overtime win against the San Antonio Spurs.
Trailing for much of the game—and most of the fourth quarter—the Warriors closed on an 8-2 run to force overtime. Jarrett Jack and Klay Thompson netted four points each during the stretch.
After Jack bricked a possible game-winner at the buzzer, he made sure to open the flood gates of the overtime period. His jumper on the opening possession kicked off a 9-0 run that put the game out of San Antonio's reach.
Due to an ankle injury, Stephen Curry was questionable to play a ton of minutes in Game 4. He was bounced on and off the floor by Mark Jackson, protecting him from further pain. Even on that ankle Curry was solid, going for 22 points, including five threes. His three-point play capped that deciding run, and his assist on Carl Landry's jumper iced the game with one minute, eight seconds left.
Curry then went to the bench to sit and smile with teammate David Lee.
Harrison Barnes was the high man for Golden State, going for a whopping 26 points and 10 rebounds. He tallied four big points in overtime.
With Curry in and out of the lineup, Barnes and Jack heard their numbers called a lot more often. Jack finished with 24 points off the bench, on 9-of-16 shooting.
San Antonio fought hard. Unfortunately, the whole team appeared to run out of gas for the overtime period.
Tim Duncan had 19 points and 15 rebounds, while Manu Ginobili tossed in five threes and 21 points off the bench.
The first half resembled a blowout by San Antonio, but Golden State remained competitive. Thanks to 12 bench points from Jack, the Warriors stayed within eight at the half, 45-37.
Curry played only 15 minutes in the first half, hitting two of three shots, all threes. He doled out a pair of assists but was unable to get the ball in good position due to his injury.
Thompson and Curry kicked off the second half by rattling home three treys in the opening minutes. Curry scored eight straight Golden State points, getting his team right back in the game.
Landry's power layup with 6:20 remaining, plus the free throw, gave the Warriors their first lead since the first quarter, 52-51.
Late in the third quarter, the Spurs opted to start fouling Andrew Bogut. Sending the Warriors' big man to the line has worked well this series, as he entered just 5-of-14 from the line. Even though his offense sputtered throughout, Bogut had a huge impact defending the paint. He grabbed a game-high 18 rebounds.
Ginobili's first bucket of the quarter gave the Spurs back a two-point lead entering the final quarter. His 16th point of the game pushed the score to 62-60.
Lee is a great competitor, fighting through pain to return in just three weeks from a serious hip injury. However, he was a liability on the floor. He was too slow laterally to be of any help on defense, and the team never looked for him on offense. Having played eight minutes, he put up a minus-12 mark.
The Warriors were 1-of-6 over the first three minutes of the fourth quarter, letting the Spurs gain a small separation.
Barnes didn't have a great statistical game, hitting just 9-of-26, but the Warriors showed supreme confidence in their rookie. He scored their first seven points of the fourth quarter, keeping his team within striking distance of a couple Curry threes.
The Warriors continued giving Ginobili space on the defensive end. That burned them repeatedly, as the Spurs' sixth man bucketed his fifth three of the game in the middle of the quarter, piling onto the San Antonio lead.
The Warriors' own sixth man, Jack, went into quality ball-hog mode. He got himself three straight good looks, hitting all three jumpers unassisted. Eventually, Jack hit another jumper from the free-throw line to knot things up at 82.
Tony Parker, hurting himself, went right back at Golden State, though. A bucket of his own put the Spurs back on top with 39 seconds left.
For much of the game, Thompson couldn't find the bottom of the net. He recalibrated in time, though, hitting two big shots in the closing minutes. His layup with 30 seconds left tied the game at 84.
A loose ball appeared to touch Bogut while he was out of bounds, but there was no replay. Jack missed the buzzer-beater anyway, sending things to overtime.
Including free throws, the Spurs started overtime by missing their first nine shots. Jack hit a jumper and Barnes sank a pair of freebies, pushing the Warriors ahead, 88-84, with 2:40 left.
Curry looked fine physically, as he raced by Duncan for a layup and the foul. Curry's three-point play put the Warriors up nine inside of two minutes.
The Warriors out-scored the Spurs 13-3 in overtime. It was clear which team had the younger legs and home crowd behind them.
With the series now tied at 2-2, the pressure goes back onto the Spurs to win at home in San Antonio Tuesday night.