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Ginobili hits winning shot as Spurs beat Warriors in double OT

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SAN ANTONIO -- The playoffs bring a different level of ebb and flow and high and lows, and all it takes is one shot that can turn a series or win a game.

Manu Ginobili got that shot and made it count.

Ginobili hit a 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds remaining in the second overtime, and the San Antonio Spurs rallied for an improbable 129-127 win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals Monday night at the AT&T Center.

"The last play, it wasn't for me, they just left me open," said Ginobili, of his 26-foot game winner. "I set a screen for TD (Tim Duncan) and both went with him and they left me open on the weak side. I just saw (Kent) Bazemore and I just tried to give it a lot of air and it went in."

Down by 16 with four minutes left in regulation, the Spurs went on an 18-2 run. Danny Green's 3-pointer tied up the game at 106 and sent it to overtime.

Ginobili, who was 5-for-20, had a chance to put the game away in the second overtime, but he missed on a 27-foot 3-pointer with 45 seconds remaining and San Antonio up 126-123. Golden State came back and took a 126-125 lead on a Kent Bazemore layup with 3.4 seconds to go.

Then Ginobili took the in-bound pass from Kawhi Leonard, stepped back and dropped the shot as the sellout crowd erupted.

"I went from trading him on the spot to wanting to cook him breakfast tomorrow," said a drained Spurs coach Gregg Popovich on Ginobili's shot selection. "That's the truth. When I talk to him and say, 'Manu ...,' he goes: 'This is what I do.' That's what he's going to tell me. I stopped coaching him a long time ago."

Tony Parker led the Spurs with 28 points and added eight assists. Ginobili had 16 points and 11 assists, and Tim Duncan contributed 19 points and 11 rebounds. Green had 22 points, Leonard 18 and Gary Neal 10 for a San Antonio team that hit 46 of 105 shots.

It was a miracle comeback for San Antonio (1-0), which was down by as many as 18 points and witnessed Stephen Curry's third-quarter performance for the ages.

Curry hit nine of 12 shots from the field and four of six from 3-point range, scoring 22 points in the quarter en route to a playoff career-high 44 on the night. The Warriors seemingly had the game in hand.

San Antonio, which trailed most of the game, cut the lead to one with 9:50 left in the third on a Leonard dunk.

Then Curry took over, outscoring the Spurs himself 16-2.

By the end of the third, he had connected on 14 straight points, hitting layups and long-range bombs with ease. He silenced the crowd of 18,581 and left his teammates on the bench shaking their heads in disbelief. And the Spurs with no answers.

Curry also had 11 assists, four rebounds and six turnovers in 58 minutes.

"It was a fun game with a lot of action down the stretch,' said Curry on his performance. "We were just on the wrong side of a couple big shots with Danny Green at the end of regulation and Manu (Ginobili) in double overtime."

Klay Thompson added 19, Harrison Barnes 19, Jarrett Jack 15, and Draymond Green 10 for the Warriors, who connected on 51 of their 100 shot attempts.

Both Thompson and Green fouled out of the game.

Andrew Bogut had 10 points and 15 rebounds as Golden State continued its losing streak in San Antonio.

The Warriors (0-1) have lost 30 straight on the Spurs' home court. It is the longest current losing streak in the NBA, dating back to Feb. 14, 1997, which was three months before Duncan was drafted.

"You should (win),' said Warriors coach Mark Jackson on losing a 16-point lead in the final minutes. "We're not the first team to lose a game like this and we will not be the last. At the end of the day, they made plays and we didn't make enough. It's going to be a great series."

NOTES: The Warriors have faced off against the Spurs only once before in the playoffs. As a seventh seed, Golden State defeated the second-seeded Spurs 3-1 in a best-of-five, first-round matchup in 1991. ... Even though LeBron James was named MVP on Sunday, two Spurs got votes. Parker finished fifth, and Duncan was seventh. It was the first time that two Spurs placed in the top 10 since 1997. ... The Warriors and Spurs split the regular-season series 2-2, with each team winning its home games. Duncan, who is battling the flu and did not practice on Saturday, left the game in the fourth quarter sick, but returned in overtime.

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