The bruised but gutsy Golden State Warriors were eliminated in the second round of the NBA playoffs last night by the San Antonio Spurs, 92-84.
Playing through injuries that have limited them during the postseason, Stephen Curry and David Lee led a late charge that brought the Warriors within two points, 77-75, with just under five minutes left in the game.
But the Spurs responded and pulled away to claim victory at the end.
This ended Golden State’s second trip to the playoffs in the past 19 seasons.
In the final game, injuries continued to have an impact on the Warrior lineup. Freshman Harrison Barnes was hurt in the first quarter, requiring six stitches for a cut above his right eye. He returned in the second half but was unable to play in the fourth quarter.
And Andrew Bogut reinjured his left ankle in the second quarter, returned briefly in the third, but could not play in the fourth either.
The loss ended a surprising run by a young Warriors team that might bode well for the future.
“I talked about this being a group that, at the end of the day, our tank will be on empty and the light will be beaming bright,” coach Mark Jackson said. “I truly believed that’s exactly what took place. Guys battled. Guys gave me everything they had. We fought. I could not be prouder of any group.”
The Warriors saluted their fans after the game in the Oracle Arena, which has emerged as one of the loudest and most exciting venues for any professional sports team during the team’s magical run this season.
Great Year! So Proud of my Guys! #2GodBeTheGlory
— Mark Jackson (@JacksonMark13) May 17, 2013
The Warriors have a bright future ahead of them. They showed a lot of potential in this year’s playoffs.
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) May 17, 2013
— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) May 17, 2013
Thank you God. Thank you #dubnation. Thank you 2 all my teammates & coaches. Thanks to everyone apart of this year and the run…next year!
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) May 17, 2013
Stephen Curry finishes postseason w/averages of 23.4 pts and 8.1 asts, first Warrior to average 23/8 in playoffs since Tim Hardaway (1991)
— #GSWStats (@gswstats) May 17, 2013
— Golden St. Warriors (@warriors) May 17, 2013