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NBA playoffs: Weekend action sees both highs and lows

The Golden State Warriors knotted their Western Conference semifinal series at two games each with a thrilling 97-87 overtime win yesterday over the visiting San Antonio Spurs. Meanwhile, Indiana took a 2-1 series lead against the New York Knicks in their Eastern Conference semifinal with a win Saturday.

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Golden State Warriors' Harrison Barnes (c.) drives to the basket against San Antonio Spurs' Tiago Splitter (l.), Gary Neal (2nd l.), Tony Parker (2nd r.) and Manu Ginobili (r.) during Game 4 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final playoff basketball game in Oakland, California May 12, 2013.

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Barnes, Warriors Knot Series at Two Against Spurs

Harrison Barnes, Roy Williams’ former prodigy at the University of North Carolina, scored 26 points on Sunday and led the Golden State Warriors to a 97-87 overtime victory against the visiting San Antonio Spurs. Barnes added ten rebounds to help defeat the Spurs, who won their first playoff game ever in Oakland on Friday, and helped Golden State to erase an eight point fourth quarter deficit to get the game into the extra frame.

The Warriors’ Jarrett Jack, who had barely missed an opportunity to end the game in regulation with a last-second jumper, had 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists off the bench. Andrew Bogut, the Warriors’ seven-foot Australian who starred at the University of Utah, overcame the burden of four early personal fouls to amass 18 rebounds. And Stephen Curry, the team’s prolific three-point shooter, had 22 points, along with two huge threes early in the third period to get what was to that point a lethargic Warriors crowd back into the game.

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