The last time the Golden State Warriors won in San Antonio was in 1997 when Stephen Curry was only 9 years old. And for nearly the entire game, it looked like the spell would finally be broken. The Golden State Warriors were up 16 with a little over four minutes left in the fourth quarter. They had total command of the game and Tim Duncan went back to the locker room because he could no longer fight the stomach virus that he was suffering from.
And then the comeback trail inexplicably began.
The Spurs played Warriors ball by going small and proceeded to go on an inexplicable 18-2 run to force overtime with a Danny Green three pointer.
“From the fourth quarter on we looked like a team that realized we were in the playoffs and it was going to be physical," Popovich said. "We looked like we were looking for answers, I thought. In the end we finally woke up."
In the second overtime, the San Antonio Spurs found themselves trailing once again after Manu Ginobili took an ill advised three pointer that led to a Warriors lay-up. However, with just a little over 3 seconds left and down by 1 point, Gregg Popovich set up an out of bounds play for Manu Ginobili to redeem himself. And redeem himself he did. Manu hit a game-winning 3-pointer for the win as San Antonio continued their unprecedented home record against Golden State in a 129-127 victory.
"I went from trading him on the spot to wanting to cook him breakfast tomorrow," Gregg Popovich said about Ginobili.