San Antonio wins series 4-2 (Game 5 of 6)

San Antonio wins series 4-2

Game 1: Monday, May 6th
Game 2: Wednesday, May 8th
Game 3: Friday, May 10th
Game 4: Sunday, May 12th
Game 5: Tuesday, May 14th
Game 6: Thursday, May 16th

Warriors 91

(47-35, 19-22 away)

Spurs 109

(58-24, 35-6 home)

    Coverage: TNT

    9:30 PM ET, May 14, 2013

    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    GS 28 23 21 1991
    SA 37 17 29 26109

    Top Performers

    GS: H. Barnes 25 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk

    SA: T. Parker 25 Pts, 2 Reb, 10 Ast, 1 Stl

    Spurs dissect Warriors' backcourt to take 3-2 lead

    Associated Press

    SAN ANTONIO -- Gregg Popovich urged his San Antonio Spurs to raise their energy to almost maniacal levels, because winning the battle on the boards and for loose balls was critical against the athletic Golden State Warriors.

    The Spurs responded to their coach's message, outworking and outmuscling Golden State to take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.

    Tony Parker had 25 points and 10 assists, and the Spurs held the Warriors' starting backcourt to 13 points for a 109-91 victory Tuesday night.

    The Spurs outrebounded the Warriors 38-36, forced 14 turnovers and limited them to 16 second-chance points.

    "Our energy was good," Parker said. "We got the 50-50 ball; that was huge for us tonight. It was a tough turnaround for us in Game 4. We missed an opportunity at the end and we realize that. Tonight we played for 48 minutes."

    Kawhi Leonard added 17 points, Danny Green scored 16 and Tim Duncan had 14 points and 11 rebounds for San Antonio.

    Harrison Barnes scored 25 points, Jarrett Jack added 20 and Carl Landry 16 for Golden State, but Stephen Curry was held to nine points.

    "I was terrible, plain and simple," Curry said. "They outplayed us as a team. Individually, I didn't have anything on either end. (I was) a step slow, my shot wasn't falling and I was trying to make plays but defensively I lost a little focus."

    Parker took advantage, going 9-for-16 and turning the ball over only twice in 34 minutes.

    His energy was just as big a spark.

    Parker dove over Jack midway through the third quarter to corral a loose ball, rising to lead a fast break that resulted in a dunk by Green.

    Even Popovich displayed more energy, chasing referee Ed Malloy down the sideline from the free throw line to just past midcourt while screaming and motioning for a timeout with 9 minutes left in the game.

    The added energy was especially evident against Curry and Klay Thompson.

    The Spurs held Mark Jackson's self-proclaimed "greatest shooting backcourt" in NBA history to 6-for-22 shooting. Curry was 1-for-7 on 3-pointers, while Thompson was held to four points while not even attempting a 3.

    "The series for us is all about the defense," Popovich said. "(Leonard and Green) did a good job; (there were) other people who did good work out there. We got a lot of mismatches. They love those mismatches, so we have to play intelligently. I thought we did that tonight.

    "But we followed up the defense with a board. There is no stop until the board is secured. That was our main emphasis going into the game."

    Curry has not missed any time since turning his left ankle late in Game 3, but the injury seemed to limit his explosiveness.

    Leonard stripped Curry and then outran him to the ball midway through the first quarter, feeding Parker for an uncontested layup. Curry appeared to grimace when he attempted to push off to sprint for the loose ball.

    "It is sore, but I came in feeling good," Curry said. "I was pretty optimistic about how I could play tonight, but it didn't go that way."

    He played only 4½ minutes in the fourth quarter, leaving the game for good with 4 minutes left and San Antonio leading 102-84.

    "It got to a point where they had made plays and I had to look towards Game 6," Jackson said. "It was just being smart, that's all. I didn't want to see him get hurt. Obviously, he wasn't 100 percent. I just felt if we were going to make a run, let's make a run and then maybe get him back in, but it was just a long night for us."

    The Spurs led for all but the opening 6 minutes of the game and moved one game closer to advancing to their 12th conference finals in franchise history.

    "Nobody talks about getting this over with like you've got a rash," Popovich said. "Like you can take a pill or put some cream on it, it's going to be gone. This is a war. They're a class team; they bust their ass at both ends of the floor. It's not about getting rid of anything. It's about going and playing and that's about it."

    San Antonio went on a 12-2 run to take a 102-84 lead with 4 minutes remaining. The Warriors missed two shots and had two turnovers to facilitate the Spurs' run.

    San Antonio shot 72 percent in the first quarter, pounding the ball inside for layups and kick-outs to open shooters in taking a 10-point lead.

    Duncan battered Andrew Bogut early, making San Antonio's first three baskets on a drive and a jumper over the Australian and on a layup against Landry off a hard pick by Tiago Splitter.

    San Antonio went on a 15-0 run on a series of drives to the basket and low-post moves, taking a 27-15 lead.

    Curry and Thompson were held to a combined four points on 2-for-10 shooting in the opening 16 minutes, but Barnes had 13 points and Jack seven.

    "We just missed shots," Curry said. "Early in the game I got a little off balance a couple (times) trying to get a foul. They play good defense. We didn't get into a rhythm. We just missed shots."

    Curry did not make his first 3 until there were 2 minutes left in the first half.

    The Spurs stopped going inside in the second quarter, helping Golden State rally.

    The Spurs returned to attacking the basket in the third, resulting in another double-digit lead.

    NOTES: Duncan surpassed Shaquille O'Neal and tied Wilt Chamberlain for second on the career postseason list in double-doubles with his 143rd. Magic Johnson heads the list with 157 during his Hall of Fame career with the Los Angeles Lakers. ... Parker passed Chauncey Billups for fourth in postseason assists among active players with 832. New York's Jason Kidd (1,258), the Lakers' Steve Nash (1,061) and Boston's Rajon Rondo (845) are ahead of Parker. ... Richard Jefferson, who played with San Antonio from 2009 to 2011, continues to receive a chorus of boos from the Spurs' fans whenever he enters the game or makes a shot.

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    Research Notes

    Harrison Barnes scored a team-high 25 points in Game 5 against the Spurs. It marked Barnes' fourth 20-point game this postseason. Only Tony Parker (6) and Kobe Bryant (6) have recorded more such games in the postseason at the age of 20 or younger in NBA history.
    Tony Parker scored 10 points as the pick-and-roll ball handler and dished out 4 assists on such plays leading to another 11 points in Game 5. Parker is averaging 12.6 points per game on pick-and-rolls in the series, up 4 points from his league-best scoring average on pick-and-rolls during the regular season (8.5 PPG).
    The Spurs made 11-of-16 shots and scored 30 points (23 in 1st half) with Stephen Curry as the on-ball defender in Game 5. Five different Spurs players contributed to the 30 points, including 11 points on catch-and-shoot attempts, and 9 off screens or pick-and-rolls.
    Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 13 points, tied for the fewest they've combined for this season in a game in which Curry & Thompson both played. Previously, the fewest they combined for this postseason was 29.
    Stephen Curry shot 1-of-8 (1-5 3-pt FG) using a screen in Game 5. In the first 4 games of the series, Curry was 13-of-29 (9-20 3-pt FG) on shots after a screen. **Screen = Any shot as the pick-and-roll ball handler, or after a screen when working off the ball.
    FROM ELIAS: Harrison Barnes is the first player in NBA history to score at least 25 points in consecutive playoff games after never scoring 25 in any regular season or postseason game in his career.

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