OAKLAND, Calif. — Harrison Barnes had 26 points and 10 rebounds, Stephen Curry scored 22 on an injured left ankle and the Golden State Warriors rallied past the San Antonio Spurs 97-87 in overtime Sunday to even the Western Conference semifinal at two games apiece.
Jarrett Jack added 24 points in reserve and Andrew Bogut grabbed 18 rebounds to help the Warriors overcome an eight-point deficit in the final five minutes of regulation. Golden State scored the first nine points of overtime.
Manu Ginobili had 21 points and Tim Duncan added 19 points and 15 rebounds for the Spurs.
Game 5 is Tuesday in San Antonio.
HEAT: The suggestion that he’s a flopper drew a grin as wide as his wingspan from LeBron James.
Miami’s superstar shot down the accusations from the Chicago Bulls, saying they reminded him of the days when some claimed he was overrated and questioned his ability to lead a team to a championship.
“It’s kind of the same (as when) I heard people say I was overrated,” he said Sunday. “It’s kind of like the same response.”
The Heat are trying to repeat as champions after a dominant regular season, and if they keep this up, they won’t have to worry about Chicago much longer. Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals is Monday, and Miami has a chance to take a 3-1 lead in a series with no shortage of hard fouls, technicals, ejections and fines.
Coach Tom Thibodeau’s wallet is a little lighter after the league smacked him with a $35,000 fine on Sunday. That came after he accused James of flopping on a shove to the floor and questioned the officiating after the Heat took Game 3, saying the Bulls weren’t going to get the benefit of the calls.
KNICKS: Two players – guard J.R. Smith and forward Kenyon Martin – didn’t make it to Sunday’s workout because they were ill.
There’s no word if either player will return in time to make an impact in Tuesday’s Game 4.