Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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Ailing Curry leads Warriors

OAKLAND, Calif. — His spirits down, his left ankle limp and his team's season hanging in the balance, Stephen Curry wondered whether he could recover for the biggest game of his career until a text message popped up on his phone around 2 a.m. Saturday.

Curry called back his mother, Sonya, and vented about his latest injury setback.

"She just reminded me … to rely on my teammates and support," he said.

Curry had 22 points to go with six rebounds and four assists, rallying the Warriors past the Spurs 97-87 in overtime Sunday to even the Western Conference semifinal at 2-2.

"It seems like every time you get on a roll and feel somewhat healthy there's a setback," Curry said. "And it just tests you."

Harrison Barnes had 26 points and 10 rebounds and Andrew Bogut had 18 rebounds to help Golden State erase an eight-point deficit in the final five minutes of regulation.

Warriors coach Mark Jackson doubted whether Curry could play, especially after an anti-inflammatory injection in the morning did not seem to help.

"He said, 'I'm going to give you what I got, coach.' Once again, it's that same spirit flowing through that locker room that refuses to quit," Jackson said.

The Spurs seized control at the start — then went cold.

"It's frustrating because we feel like we gave it away," center Tim Duncan said.

"They did a good job in overtime. Just as simple as that," coach Gregg Popovich said.

Curry, soaking his feet in a bucket of ice afterward, said his family was watching from North Carolina with his brother, Seth, who was graduating from Duke.

"It was," he said, "a big day for the Currys."

lebron fires back: Heat forward LeBron James brushed off Bulls accusations that he is a flopper, saying they reminded him of the days when some claimed he was overrated and questioned his ability to lead a team to a championship. Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals is tonight; visiting Miami leads 2-1. Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau said James flopped when he got shoved down by Nazr Mohammed in Game 3, and the league fined Thibodeau $35,000 Sunday for comments about the officiating. "I don't need to flop," James said. "I've never been one of those guys." Chicago starters Luol Deng (illness, out five games) and Kirk Hinrich (bruised left calf, out six games) appear unlikely to play tonight.

knicks: Forward Kenyon Martin (flu) and guard J.R. Smith, who played Saturday with a 102-degree temperature, missed practice as the team isolated them in hopes of keeping the illness from spreading.

Warriors 97, Spurs 87, OT

SAN ANTONIO (87): Leonard 4-11 3-4 11, Duncan 7-22 5-9 19, Splitter 2-4 1-2 5, Parker 6-17 5-6 17, Da.Green 4-13 0-2 10, Diaw 0-3 0-0 0, Ginobili 8-18 0-2 21, Joseph 1-2 0-0 2, Neal 1-3 0-0 2, Bonner 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-93 14-25 87.

GOLDEN STATE (97): Barnes 9-26 7-7 26, Landry 2-9 2-3 6, Bogut 2-5 1-2 5, Curry 7-15 3-3 22, Thompson 5-13 0-0 10, Lee 0-2 0-0 0, Ezeli 0-2 1-2 1, Jack 9-16 5-6 24, Dr.Green 1-3 1-2 3, Biedrins 0-0 0-0 0, Jefferson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 35-92 20-25 97.

San Antonio 26 19 17 22 3— 87

Golden State 19 18 23 24 13— 97

3-Point GoalsSan Antonio 7-27 (Ginobili 5-10, Da.Green 2-9, Neal 0-1, Diaw 0-1, Parker 0-3, Leonard 0-3), Golden State 7-18 (Curry 5-10, Jack 1-1, Barnes 1-3, Dr.Green 0-2, Thompson 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsSan Antonio 59 (Duncan 15), Golden State 74 (Bogut 18). AssistsSan Antonio 17 (Splitter, Parker, Ginobili, Diaw 3), Golden State 19 (Jack, Curry, Landry 4). Total FoulsSan Antonio 25, Golden State 26. TechnicalsBogut. A19,596 (19,596).

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