Final Score: San Antonio Spurs 104, Golden State Warriors 102
No Tim Duncan? No Manu Ginobili? No Tony Parker? No problem.
A controversial tip-in by Tiago Splitter with 2.1 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter was enough to give the Spurs a two-point victory at Oracle Arena, but should that basket have counted?
The ball was hovering around the rim, so it could have easily been called basket interference. However, the referees decided not to view the replay, which is pretty surprising considering how close it was. I'm not entirely sure if the officials would have been able to call that play back, but it was still interesting to see them not at least look at the footage.
Stephen Curry (30 points, 15 assists and four steals) hit a three-pointer to tie the game prior to that aforementioned tip-in, but San Antonio came right back with a big offensive rebound and score from their 6'11" center.
Marco Belinelli led the Spurs with 28 points on a scorching 10-of-16 shooting. 17 of his points came in the third quarter. Boris Diaw also contributed in a big way, hitting key baskets in the fourth quarter and swatting Curry's layup attempt with an all-important block late in the game.
David Lee finished with a double-double of 32 points and 13 rebounds, while Andrew Bogut almost had one of his own with eight points and 18 rebounds.
Neither team took good care of the basketball, as the Warriors had 24 turnovers, while San Antonio wasn't any better with 19.
Golden State head coach Mark Jackson tried to explain after the game how his team managed to lose against an undermanned Spurs squad, via Rusty Simmons of The San Francisco Chronicle:
We were careless. We gave them life.....It's tough to win ballgames that way. That's not what championship-caliber teams do."
San Antonio managed to score 31 points off of Golden State's 24 turnovers.
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