Warriors Hold Off Spurs, 97-87 in OT

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Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — They’re headed back to San Antonio evened up at two.  The Golden State Warriors topped the Spurs 97-87 in overtime to even the series.

Warriors All-Star Stephen Curry scored 22 points despite being bothered by a hurt ankle and rookie Harrison Barnes put in 26 points in the overtime win.

“I’ve been trying to just go out there, just contribute,” Barnes said after the big win.  “Obviously I know I’m going to make some mistakes.  I do the best I can when playing the floor and just trying to get the team wins.”

Game 5 is Tuesday in San Antonio and Warriors head coach Mark Jackson isn’t surprised by his team’s effort on Sunday.

“This is what these guys have been, this is how hard they work, this is how they’re committed,” Jackson said. “It’s a special season for this basketball team and this group of guys.”

Spurs forward Manu Ginobili scored 21 points off the bench and Tim Duncan added 19 in the loss.  Tony Parker was held to 17 points and just three assists.

“We got in overtime and we didn’t make shots,” Spurs head coach Greg Popovich said.  “They executed, they made some shots.”

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