Jackson: 'We got out of character on both sides of the ball'
Tony Parker struggled in Game 4 (17 points, 6-17 FG, 3 assists) but bounced back in a big way in Game 5 Tuesday night. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
SAN ANTONIO -- Tony Parker scored 25 points, Stephen Curry was held to just nine and the San Antonio Spurs pushed Golden State to the brink of elimination with a 109-91 win in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals Tuesday night.
The Warriors played confused, sloppy and showed signs of inexperience that largely hadn't presented themselves over the first ten games of the postseason.
For San Antonio, it was quite the opposite. The Spurs committed just ten turnovers, dished out 30 assists and, for the first time in the series, won the rebounding battle, 38-36. Parker got back to doing what he does best -- creating off penetration -- as the No. 2-seeded Spurs returned to regular-season form.
The series resumes for Game 6 on Thursday at Oracle Arena.
[PHOTO GALLERY: Warriors-Spurs Game 5]
Despite facing a win-or-vacation scenario, Andrew Bogut said Game 5's lackluster performance has to be put into perspective. "Start of the season, start of the playoffs, start of the series, anyone would have taken (being down 3-2)," he said. "It's just a little annoying knowing how we dropped the first game. The question that'll be asked is, 'What if?'"
A tough mindset to shake?
"No, not really. We're a hot-headed young team that doesn't think too much about the past," Bogut said.
Golden State last fought out of a 3-2 hole to win a series in 1975, when it won the last two games of the conference finals against Chicago before sweeping Washington in the finals.
Curry didn't appear limited by the sprained left ankle he injured in Game 3, but was just 4-of-14 from the field and 1-of-7 from 3-point territory.
"I was terrible, plain and simple," Curry said. "They outplayed us as a team. Individually, I didn't have anything on either end."
He didn't blame his injured left ankle, either.
"It is sore, but I came in feeling good," Curry said. "I was pretty optimistic about how I could play tonight, but it didn't go that way."
Klay Thompson, who scored 29 in the first half of Game 2, wasn't any better. After hitting 8-of-9 nine shots from deep in the previous game in San Antonio, Thompson, for the first time this season, didn't even attempt a 3-pointer and finished with four points.
"(Thompson) didn't play well," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "Good defense, but he didn't play well. Give them credit. They made adjustments and they defended."
Parker was the difference-maker. After finishing with just three assists in Game 4, he made a point to become more of a distributor and it consistently led to open shots -- first for his teammates, then for himself.
"He's had an up-and-down series so he must have made it a point to make that his game," said Bogut of Parker, who finished with 10 assists. "He did a very good job and he put pressure on the paint. When I came to him, he'd throw it to Timmy (Tim Duncan) to give Timmy easy baskets.
"There's a reason he's an All-Star every year and a finals MVP."
While Duncan and Manu Ginobili were good too, role players Kawhi Leonard (17 points) and Danny Green (16 points) had their best games of the series.
Golden State jumped out to a 15-12 lead before San Antonio went on a 15-0 run -- scoring on seven consecutive possessions -- over a three minute span late in the first quarter. The Spurs were 13-of-18 (72.2 percent) from the field in the first quarter in taking a 37-28 lead.
Their hot first quarter marked a sharp uptick in production after scoring just 42 points in the second half and overtime of Game 4, but regressed in the second as Golden State fought back.
The Warriors rallied to make it a 54-51 game by halftime as Harrison Barnes, fresh off being named first-team All-Rookie, scored 15 points. A game after Barnes scored a career-high 26, he finished with 25 on 10-of-18 shooting.
It was Barnes' fourth 20-point game in 11 playoff games after he registered three such outings during 81 regular-season games.
Bogut exited at the 7:37 mark of the second quarter with what a Warriors official referred to as an "ankle tweak." He met with a team trainer and did not return the rest of the half, but was on the court to start the third quarter. He played 11 minutes in the second half and finished with just two points and six rebounds.
Bogut limped through the locker room after the game, but said he's not conceded about his availability for Game 6.
Game 6, Thursday
Headed home down 3-2, Golden State last found itself in this scenario in 1977, when it won in Oakland against the Los Angleles Lakers to force Game 7 in the Western Conference semifinals. After the Warriors took Game 6, 115-106, the Lakers went on to take the series at home before being swept in the next round by Portland.
The Warriors have lost their last five elimination games with the last win coming in 1987, when they won Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Lakers after losing the first three. Against Utah in the previous round, the Warriors lost the first two games before winning three straight to advance.
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