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    Warriors 97, Spurs 87

    Warriors prevail in OT, even series with Spurs

    Golden State’s Harrison Barnes gets his shot off over Manu Ginobili in the fourth quarter of Game 4.
    Golden State’s Harrison Barnes gets his shot off over Manu Ginobili in the fourth quarter of Game 4.

    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 his frustrations about his latest — and most inopportune — injury setback. Finally, she spoke up to calm his concerns.

    ‘‘She just reminded me and battled-tested me to rely on my teammates and support,’’ Curry said.


    What followed was a Mother’s Day masterpiece.

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    Curry scored 22 points to go with six rebounds and four assists on a bum ankle, rallying the Golden State Warriors past the San Antonio Spurs, 97-87, in overtime Sunday to even the Western Conference semifinal at two games apiece.

    ‘‘It seems like every time you get on a roll and feel somewhat healthy there’s a setback,’’ said Curry, who shot 7 of 15 from the floor, including 5 of 10 from 3-point range. ‘‘And it just tests you. It changes your routine. It changes your outlook on the game, your preparation. You’ve got to deal with the injury and the adjustments you’re making as a team.’’

    Curry and the Warriors overcame the obstacles with contributions from all over. Harrison Barnes had 26 points and 10 rebounds, reserve Jarrett Jack added 24 points, and Andrew Bogut grabbed 18 rebounds to help Golden State erase an 8-point deficit in the final five minutes of regulation. The Warriors scored the first 9 points of OT to whip the yellow-shirt-wearing crowd of 19,596 into a frenzy and give this topsy-turvy series yet another twist.

    Even for all of theater Curry provided, the Spurs seized control of a sloppy slugfest at the start — then went cold shooting when it mattered most.


    Tony Parker, wearing a black sleeve around his bruised left calf, poured in 17 points on 6-of-17 shooting but never broke free the way he did in scoring 32 points the previous contest, saying the injury limited his ability to elevate. Manu Ginobili had 21 points and Tim Duncan added 19 points and 15 rebounds as the Spurs ran out of steam.

    ‘‘We put ourselves in a position to win the game and it’s frustrating because we feel like we gave it away,’’ Duncan said.