The Spurs earned a 3-2 series lead after beating the Warriors 109-91. Game 6 on Thursday in Oakland is now a must win game for the Warriors. Golden State has lost 31 of its last 32 games in San Antonio, after snapping a 30-game losing streak on the Spurs’ home court in Game 2. The Warriors fell to 14-18 all-time in Game 5s, including 4-17 in Game 5 on the road.
The Warriors led 15-12 in the first quarter before the Spurs went on a 15-0 run in a stretch of 3:12 to take a 27-15 lead with 2:59 to play in the opening frame. After allowing the Spurs to score 37 points in the 1st quarter, Golden State held to the Spurs to just 17 points in the 2nd quarter. The Warriors were outscored 55-40 in the second half.
Harrison Barnes scored 25 points to go with seven rebounds, giving him his fourth 20-point game in 11 playoff games after registering three 20-plus games in 81 regular season contests. The last two players under the age of 21 to register four 20-point games in a single postseason are Kobe Bryant (1999) and Magic Johnson (1979).
Barnes is the first player in NBA history under the age of 21 to score 25 points in consecutive games and is the first Warriors rookie to register 25-plus points in consecutive games since Tom Meschery did so in 1962 (April 3 and April 5), the team’s last season in Philadelphia. The last rookie to do so in the NBA was none other than Tim Duncan, on May 5 and May 7, 1998.
Jarrett Jack recorded his sixth 20-point game of the postseason, his second as a reserve, tallying 20 points on 9-of-16 from the field.
The Warriors’ starting backcourt of Stephen Curry (4-of-14 from the field, nine points) and Klay Thompson (2-of-8, four points) combined for just 13 points on 6-of-22 shooting (.273). Curry shot just 1-of-7 from three-point land, while Thompson didn’t attempt a three-point field goal for the first time all season.
Carl Landry earned his third start of the postseason, but the Warriors lost for the first time with Landry in the starting lineup (2-1) despite his 16 points and six rebounds.