San Antonio Spurs vs. Golden State Warriors: Game 4 Postgame Grades and Analysis

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San Antonio Spurs vs. Golden State Warriors: Game 4 Postgame Grades and Analysis
Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors showed that they have some serious heart with a thrilling 97-87 overtime win over the San Antonio Spurs that ties the series up at two games apiece.

With the game tied at 84 at the start of overtime, the Warriors took over, outscoring the Spurs 13-3 in the final five minutes.

There were a number of times when the Warriors looked like they were ready to throw in the towel and just let the Spurs take this series over.   

The Warriors trailed the Spurs by eight points at the half after they were held scoreless for a 7:10 span of the first quarter, which included an impressive 14-0 run for the Spurs. 

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were held scoreless for the final 21 minutes of the first half, but luckily they didn't let that hold them back; they combined for 32 points on 12-of-28 shooting from the field. 

But the real difference in the second half was Andrew Bogut's presence in the paint and his ability to commit just one foul in the final 29 minutes of the game, including overtime.

Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili combined for 40 points, but they cooled off in the second half when the Warriors turned the pressure up.

The series heads back to San Antonio for a pivotal Game 5 on Tuesday night that both teams desperately need to win. The Warriors have already proven that they can win on the road, and that has the Spurs worried as the series now becomes a best-of-three series. 

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