The San Antonio Spurs needed two overtimes and a massive rally in order to defeat the Golden State Warriors on Monday night, but if they end up winning this series that minor detail won’t matter a whole lot.
After a 22-point third quarter from Stephen Curry, San Antonio looked to be on the verge of a Miami Heat-like collapse on its own home floor. Down by 16 points with only four minutes to go in the outing, this squad looked done.
However, thanks to furious 18-2 run in the closing minutes of regulation, the Spurs managed to force overtime. And while Golden State put up a valiant effort in the extra periods, you could almost see the momentum swing. Tony Parker was too good; Curry was too tired; Jarrett Jack was as big a liability on defense as he was an asset on offense.
When it was all said and done, the Spurs prevailed 129-127 to take a 1-0 lead in the series.