The Spurs entered the game Sunday having shot 24 percent (20-of-83) in the first three contests of this series, before hitting 53.6 percent from range against the Warriors. But can they take it to Golden State again in Game 5?
The Spurs, knowing no National Basketball Association team has ever come back from an 0-3 deficit, took the court with the same intensity and pride that has carried the franchise for the past two decades.
Five Spurs players scored in double digits, led by LaMarcus Aldridge's double double of 22 points and 10 rebounds, but the real story of the game was Manu Ginobli's resilience.
Ginobili scored 10 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter to stave off the sweep for the Spurs.
"We were a vanilla team", Kerr said.
"I think everybody really helped to get our win", Messina said. Aldridge finished with a team-high 22 points, including a ideal 3-for-3 mark from beyond the arc, even banking in a clutch, second-half 3-pointer. You've got to go out there like it's your last game, and it could possibly be if we don't do it right. It was so typical Manu. "Good luck", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. The 41 year old had 16 points and 5 assists off the bench, but his clutch fourth quarter play propelled the Spurs further ahead of the Warriors late in the game. To make matters worse, the Warriors were continuing to struggle from injuries to some key players.
On the verge of elimination, the Spurs stepped up and hit the shots they needed to hit to keep their season alive. San Antonio made 15 of 28 3-point attempts. See each of these specific websites for more details on how to sign up and watch Sunday's NBA Playoffs game online. Thompson averaged 25.3 points in the first three games. With Stephen Curry still sidelined for the postseason, fellow All-Stars Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson continued to pick up the slack.
Aldridge smiled when he was asked he called the three-point bank shot. South America. But all the guys I played with from Venezuela, Argentina, all the guys in the league just bring that toughness and that fight. At the same time, there is a little part of that that moves me to be there with Manu in these playoff games.
Golden State fell to the Spurs 103-90 in Game 4 to force a Game 5 back at Oracle Arena.