Spurs Stun Warriors, Force Game 5

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Spurs Stun Warriors, Force Game 5

We made a couple more shots, they missed a couple of shots.

The seemingly inevitable never happened, though.

Golden State will host San Antonio for Game 5 on Tuesday.

The San Antonio Spurs and the Golden State Warriors duke it out in Game 5 at the Oracle Arena in Game 5 on Tuesday night.

"The truth is, I didn't realize it was any different", Ginobili said.

And because of that, the Warriors will have to play at least one more game in a series that they should have been wrapped up in drama-free fashion Sunday.

3-pointers continued to go as the Spurs kept their lead in double digits.

The Warriors continued to shoot poorly from the field. Wall scored 27 points with 14 assists and three steals, while Beal scored 31 points with five rebounds.

Chris Haynes has a great story on ESPN about this development, and the speculation will begin as to when Curry can be expected to play in his first game of this postseason. Myles Turner and Victor Oladipo each scored 17, though Oladipo struggled through a poor shooting night. In the three Warriors wins in the series they totaled 35 triples on 85 attempts, or 41.2 percent, while the Spurs made a combined 20 of 83 (24.1 percent) in their three losses.

Want real-time Warriors news texted to your phone? San Antonio took a 56-42 lead into the break.

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Aldridge banked in a 3-pointer with 4:22 remaining to stop the Warriors' run and Ginobili took over with a pair of 3-pointers in the final minutes. The Warriors did not make a field goal for the final 4:11 en route to seven consecutive missed shots.

Asked if he saw the rim during the shot after he turned around quickly to launch it, Aldridge said: "I did but I didn't think I put enough on it".

"In this kind of situation, sometimes, you are already fine with playing a good game", Messina said.

On Sunday, the Spurs gummed up the gears in the Warriors engine.

The first quarter ended with the Spurs ahead 30-22. With Steph Curry unable to play, Durant is calling his own number more than he ever has as a Warrior, and not always with good results. Then on the final possession before halftime, Durant, Green, Iguodala and Kevon Looney all missed shots against San Antonio's stifling defense.

Aldridge's critical 3-pointer came after the Warriors had rallied within 88-86 on a Durant 3-pointer with 5:57 to play.

The Spurs, still led by acting coach Ettore Messina with Gregg Popovich absent following the death of his wife, will be heavy underdogs on the road in game five. Reports suggest that the fractured bond between the front office and forward Kawhi Leonard, who will miss the rest of the postseason with a quadriceps injury, could be beyond fix. "We're trying to push through it like he would do if he weren't at home". "But Klay with 12 points on 4-for-15 is what killed the Warriors this game".

Golden State expectedly started the second half on the right foot, winning the third quarter 29-21 to bring the deficit to within six. They whittled in crunch time.

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