Curry makes most; Spurs make last

May, 7, 2013
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By ESPN Stats & Information
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The streak continues, thanks to one of the most improbable comebacks in NBA playoff history.

The San Antonio Spurs won their 30th straight home game against the Golden State Warriors, rallying from 16 down in the final four minutes and getting a really big shot in the final seconds of the second overtime.

It was the kind of epic comeback reminiscent of memorable NBA games past, like the time Dudley Bradley capped an 18-0 game-ending run with a bank-shot three-pointer at the buzzer for the 1986 Washington Bullets.

Our friends at Numberfire calculated the Spurs chance of winning at 1-in-200 when they trailed by 16 late. Sometimes those kinds of shots come through.

Here are some of the statistical highlights of this win.

The game-winner
This marked the second time that Manu Ginobili hit a game-winning field goal with less than five seconds left in an overtime period.

The other instance came against the Phoenix Suns in 2008 with 1.8 seconds left in the second overtime.

Ginobili had 16 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds off the bench. He finished 5-for-20 from the field.

Ginobili has had 29 games in his career in which he’s taken at least 20 shots. This was the first in which he made shots at less than a 30 percent rate.

Brilliant in defeat
Stephen Curry became the fifth player since 1990 to have 40 points and 10 assists in a playoff defeat.

The other four are Magic Johnson (1990 Lakers), Clyde Drexler (1992 Trail Blazers), Kevin Johnson (1995 Suns), Rajon Rondo (2012 Celtics), Stephen Curry (2013 Warriors).

Curry scored 22 points in the third quarter. He’s averaging 12.3 points in the third quarter this postseason. No one else in this year’s playoffs is averaging more than nine points in the third quarter.

Curry was 13-for-19 for 32 points when guarded by Tony Parker and Cory Joseph.

But after Curry made a driving layup against Joseph to start the fourth quarter, the Spurs made the switch to Kawhi Leonard as the primary defender on Curry.

The move paid off, as Leonard would hold Curry to 2-of-6 shooting the rest of the game. Curry missed all seven of his jump shots in the fourth quarter and overtime.

Game-changer: Spurs in the Paint
The Spurs went 11-of-18 (61 percent) inside the paint in the fourth quarter and overtime periods in Game 1, after going 10-of-25 (40 percent) in the first three quarters.

The Spurs went 8-of-9 inside the paint after Tim Duncan left the game with illness in the fourth quarter.

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