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May 13, 2013

Warriors hold strong

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OAKLAND, Calif. —

Both teams missed shots to win in regulation, and the Warriors turned the extra session into a runaway.

Curry capped the overtime spurt with a floating layup, drawing a foul on Duncan to begin a three-point play that gave Golden State a 93-84 lead. San Antonio missed its first nine shots — and two free throws by Danny Green — to start overtime until Green’s corner 3 with 1:29 remaining.

By then, it was too late — Curry had taken control again.

“He’s a player that you may see him playing one leg, one arm, and you got to guard him,” Ginobili said. “So you got to respect him. He can really go off at any time.”

The upstart Warriors are once again on the brink of something big.

The franchise hadn’t won two games beyond the first round since 1977, when it pulled even with the Lakers in the conference semifinals through four games before losing in seven. This time, all the odds seemed against them again.

The tight turnaround from Friday night’s game to the early afternoon start Sunday surely didn’t help Curry’s cause.

Curry clearly favored his left ankle and never showed any burst off the dribble, often getting face-guarded by Spurs defenders and taken out of the offense. Some of his teammates even wondered whether he’d respond.

“Watching him warm up, I said, ‘Man, there’s no way this kid is playing,” Jack said. “Then watching him run around on one leg, he looked like Isiah Thomas against the Lakers in the finals, man. The performance he put on down the stretch, making plays, making shots, defensively, I sat back and was honestly in awe.”

With Curry quieted on the perimeter early and Bogut benched in foul trouble most of the first half, the Warriors missed 13 straight shots and went scoreless for 7:10. The Spurs scored 14 unanswered points during that spurt, Ginobili made his first four 3s and the Spurs later took a 41-30 lead midway through the second quarter on Green’s put-back dunk.

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