The last time the Golden State Warriors won a game in San Antonio, Tim Duncan was a senior at Wake Forest, Stephen Curry was 8-years-old, while his father, Dell, was averaging 14.8 points per game for the Charlotte Hornets.
30 games and 16 years later, the Golden State Warriors finally have another win in San Antonio, staving away a second straight comeback attempt by the San Antonio Spurs in the AT&T Center, winning 100-91 and tying up the series at one win apiece.
"I truly believe that trials and tribulations are transportation for where you're going. Game 1 made us better. We didn't panic. We made plays,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said.
While the Spurs were able to come back from a 16-point deficit in Game 1 to get the in in double overtime, they did their best yet again but fell short.
After the Warriors were up by 19 points in the third quarter, the Spurs went on a 14-2 run, with Kawhi Leonard taking advantage of mismatches and the Spurs matching the Warriors’ intensity.
While Stephen Curry was hot in Game 1, his backcourt-mate, Klay Thompson, took over in Game 2. Thompson’s three-pointer at the end of the third quarter temporarily stopped the Spurs’ run and gave the Warriors an 11 point lead entering the fourth quarter.
"I thought it was very polite of (Thompson and Curry) to at least take turns and not both be on fire on the same night,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “Maybe neither one of them will be hot in Game 3. That's what I'm hoping."
A Leonard steal leading to a fast break jumper by Gary Neal cut the lead down to five midway through the fourth quarter, but the Warriors did what they seemed to do all game – answer back. Draymond Green hit a three pointer to give the Warriors a nine-point lead.
The Spurs weren’t done, though, as they made another furious rally. Manu Ginobili, looking to fill that savior role yet again, knocked down a three-pointer to bring the Spurs within six points with just over four minutes remaining.
However, Ginobili missed his next three-point attempt, was called for an offensive foul and the Spurs didn’t score again until Cory Joseph hit a pullup jumper with 18 seconds left on the clock.
Thompson lead the Warriors with a career-high 34 points and 14 rebounds, and made eight of nine of his three-point attempts. Curry shot seven-for-twenty for 22 points. Tim Duncan finished with 23 points and nine rebounds, Tony Parker chipped in 20 points and Leonard had 11 points, 12 rebounds and two blocked shots.
The series now shifts to Oakland for the next two game in Oracle Arena.