Harrison Barnes collected 26 points and 10 rebounds, Stephen Curry scored 22 on an injured left ankle, and the Golden State Warriors rallied past the San Antonio Spurs, 97-87, in overtime Sunday in Oakland, Calif., to even their Western Conference semifinal series at two games apiece.
Jarrett Jack added 24 points in reserve and Andrew Bogut grabbed 18 rebounds to help the Warriors overcome an eight-point deficit in the final five minutes of regulation. Golden State scored the first nine points of overtime to whip the yellow-shirt-clad crowd of 19,596 into a frenzy and give this topsy-turvy series another twist.
Manu Ginobili scored 21 points and Tim Duncan added 19 points and 15 rebounds for the Spurs, who went cold when it mattered most.
Raging Bull fined
The NBA fined Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau $35,000 for comments he made about the officiating after Friday's loss to the Miami Heat in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.
Thibodeau was upset that Nazr Mohammed was ejected for shoving LeBron James to the floor, and he accused the Heat's superstar of flopping. He also said officials weren't going to whistle a team loaded with superstars.
"We're not going to get calls, that's reality," he said.
With James dribbling near midcourt, Mohammed reached in to take a foul and stop a potential break. Their arms became tangled and James pushed him off. Mohammed fell, and when he got up, he gave James a hard shove to the court.
Both players picked up technical fouls. Mohammed was tossed, making him the third Bulls player to get ejected in the series, along with Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson.
"I don't need to flop," James said. "I play an aggressive game. I don't flop. I've never been one of those guys."
Key players for New York are missing practice.
That's not how coach Mike Woodson intended to spend Sunday after an abysmal Game 3 performance that left the Knicks in a 2-1 hole and in a precarious position heading into Tuesday night's game at Indiana. Two of his top players - guard J.R. Smith and forward Kenyon Martin - didn't make it to the workout because they were ill.
There's no telling whether either player will return in time to make an impact in Game 4.
Something is clearly wrong with the sickly shooting Knicks.
On Saturday, their vaunted three-point shooting vanished as they went 3 of 11 from beyond the arc. The result was a stinging 82-71 loss in which the Knicks flirted with a franchise-record scoring low. The record is 67.
- Associated Press